Edinson Cavani Napoli 2013 AP/LaPresse
After months of fevered speculation, Napoli striker Edinson Cavani has confirmed he split with his wife at the end of last year.
The Partenopei forward has been dogged by paparazzi, gossip columns and numerous stories about an alleged affair, but always kept silent until now.
"I started legal proceedings for divorce in Uruguay at the start of February and then continued them in April," he told Espectador newspaper in South America.
"By mutual agreement, at the end of last year, we decided our son Lucas would be born in Uruguay, where his mother lives.
"After several months of deep crisis in our marriage, we broke up. Maria Soledad returned to South America to give birth and I had to remain in Naples for professional reasons.”
Cavani only met his son when returning to Uruguay on international duty last month, but stayed with his brother rather than his estranged wife.
Last week the forward was spotted meeting his other son Bautista in a hotel in Naples and explained why.
"Soledad returned to pick up her things in the house where we shared our marriage until last year, then on May 7 she returned to Uruguay.
"While she was in Naples I stayed in a hotel to avoid an embarrassing situation for both of us. Divorce is a difficult thing and is a failure, but I am only divorcing Soledad. I always maintained very clear and unequivocal behaviour, never lacking in my commitment to my children.
"Their mother has access to conjugal funds that cover all their expenses and needs, both present and future."
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