Former Real start Rafael van der Vaart splits from model wife Sylvie
Former Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur star Rafael van der Vaart and his model wife Sylvie have decided to part their ways as a couple. Reports flying in from Germany have confirmed that the pair are calling quits after Rafael van der Vaart confessed to domestic abuse.
The Netherlands international admitted to hitting Sylvie during a private New Year’s Eve bash in an interview to Bild. Rafael van der Vaart claimed he regretted his action, but suggested he alone wasn’t the reason behind his separation from Sylvie.
Rafael van der Vaart, who married Sylvie back in June 2005, told Bild that he and Sylvie had grown apart over the last couple of years. The Dutch player admitted he was sad to acknowledge his marriage with Sylvie hadn’t worked.
“It was very foolish of me. I’m an idiot. I’m very sorry. It should never have happened,” Rafael van der Vaart said. “I am very sad that it did not work with us. We are the culprits. Sylvie alone and I have to answer for it, that our marriage does not work.”
Sylvie announced she had forgiven Rafael van der Vaart, but later confirmed she had officially separated from the Hamburg midfielder.
“We have unfortunately drifted apart over time. It was a gradual process that was not easy to spot,” Sylvie told Bild. “Even though it sounds weird, we still love and respect each other.”
Rafael van der Vaart left Tottenham Hotspur last summer to join Hamburg. Reportedly, Rafael van der Vaart agreed to the move so that he could be closer to his family. The Dutch couple’s separation comes just a week after they posted a family picture with their son Damian on Twitter.
The Dutchman is currently recovering from a thigh injury, but is expected to join his team at Abu Dhabi for winter break. Hamburg’s managing director Frank Arnesen expressed full sport for Rafael van der Vaart and hoped he would return to life as it was soon.
“We will support Rafa, protect him and give him time. He loves football, which will help him,” Arnesen told Bild.de. “He is a strong character.”
“He will bring a high level of performance. I’m there for him when he needs me.”