Karlien van Jaarsveld and Derick Hougaard (Social Media)
Johannesburg - Afrikaans singer, Karlien van Jaarsveld, has confirmed that she and her husband, Derick Hougaard, will be getting a divorce.
The news has shocked many, with messages flooding Karlien's Facebook page shortly after she announced the news on the social media site earlier this evening.
"For a long time I didn't know how to share this with everyone and I've thought about how to do it, when to do it and how to do it. But some time or other, it is going to come out so I'd rather share it with you myself. My husband and I are splitting and it's a difficult time for everybody. And I hope that everybody that is reading this will respect us during this time. Thank you for your love and understanding in everything."
The couple got married in 2013 and have two children together. Earlier this year, they experienced a miscarriage with their third child and openly spoke about their devastation about the incident.
"I don't think my heart has ever hurt this much, whether I've cried this much. You have changed all the bad things in my life, made my tough side soft. Your mother and I are closer to each other," wrote Derick on Facebook about the baby girl they lost.
After winning the Strictly Come Dancing competition, the couple were in Durban for some much needed rest. Just hours before the announcement on Karlien's Facebook page, Derick posted a picture of Karlien on the beach with their two young children. In the caption he wrote: "When you make a commitment, you build hope. When you kept it, you build trust."