X Factor: Dannii Minogue and Kris Smith agree to trial separation?

It has only been 11 months since the birth of their long awaited first baby, Ethan, but it would now seem that the singing icon and her model ‘perfect’ man have called time on their relationship.

According to The Mirror, Dannii Minogue and Kris Smith have been living separate lives for the last seven weeks, and now they have decided to make the separation more permanent.

Hectic work schedules have been attributed to the pair, who have been together a little over three years, and according to sources, Dannii’s shock decision to quit the X Factor a few weeks ago was a last ditched attempt on her part to salvage the relationship.

The source who is close to the pair, who are apparently desperate to work things out, commented: : “Kris and Dannii have agreed to live separate lives for the time being. It is a chance to get some breathing space, reassess their priorities and hopefully realise that they are meant to be together.

“A trial split is never easy but Ethan remains the priority for both of them, and he always will.”

They added: “Like any couple, Dannii and Kris have their ups and downs. At the moment they’re going through an extremely rocky patch and simply aren’t sure whether, this time, they will get through it unscathed. As well as the stresses of first-time motherhood, Dannii has been through the ringer professionally, with so many commitments and big decisions to make.

“One of the main factors in her shock X Factor departure was Dannii’s determination to save her relationship. She won’t give up on her family without a fight.”

News of this split will come as no surprise tot hose who follow the pair on twitter, as over the weekend both have been pouring their hearts out and hinting strongly that a split was on the cards, with Dannii tweeting: “Never chase love. If it isn’t given freely by another person, it’s not worth having.” She added: “Forgiving someone does not mean forgetting what they did. It simply means letting go of the hurt.”

Meanwhile Kris posted: “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.”

Since the birth of Ethan, the pair had talked strongly of the possibility of getting married, with Dannii saying in the past: “He is The One. I am waiting excitedly for him to present me with a ring.

“The best thing is that he loves me when I’ve got pimples and I’m wearing my dirty tracksuit bottoms and Ugg boots. That’s the test I guess.”

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