Graeme Smith responds to Morgan Deane’s Twitter rant

2015-06-29 13:49

Cape Town – Ex-Proteas captain Graeme Smith released a statement on Monday in response to comments made by his estranged wife Morgan Deane on Twitter.

On Sunday, the 31-year-old Irish singer voiced her feelings towards the former Proteas captain warning "all young girls" not to land in the same situation she is in. Taking to Twitter, she revealed that Graeme has been granted custody of their two children, and that he had taken their passports to prevent her from leaving the country with them.

The couple announced their split in February this year after 4 years of marriage.

See her tweet below:

In a statement released on Monday, Graeme now tells his side of the story:

"Over the past six months, I have remained largely silent on my relationship on my pending divorce from Morgan. I have been consistent in asking that privacy be respected, especially given that there are two young children involved.

Regrettably, Morgan has not, despite agreements with both sets of attorneys, applied the same courtesy. Intemperate social media postings, repeated untrue accusations, deliberate attempts to obfuscate the facts and to put me in the worst light possible through whatever means at her disposal, and interviews with selected media have persisted. Any attempts from anyone to call her on what she has said are met with accusations of bullying.

The latest series of postings on social media are in reaction to a detailed psychologist’s report – to which we both and our respective attorneys agreed – the recommendations of which were recently provided to us. Morgan appears not to like the contents of this report, or its recommendations.

I have tolerated the growing number of outrageous allegations she has posted on social media and provided to certain media in South Africa. I have been unpleasantly surprised that a number of media have chosen simply to repeat verbatim what she has said on social media without apparent consideration that firstly they may not be true and secondly, that they may be doing harm to our children.

While I have and will remain considered in my responses and will continue to refuse to disclose the true nature of what is currently transpiring, what I will not tolerate is any suggestion that I am not a good father. Morgan, and anyone close to the family, knows this to be palpably untrue and deeply offensive.

While many in the media may consider this to be a form of entertainment for their readers, I would like to assure the South African public that I consider this to be in supremely bad taste.  I have been both polite and respectful in my dealings with the media on this subject to date, but the persistent coverage on what Morgan posts on social media networks is simply not fair to my children or my family.

I would again ask that my privacy and that of my children be respected. Morgan must account for her own behaviour in breaking agreements, posting false information and attempting to sway public opinion. I will continue to focus on my children’s happiness and well-being. (sic)" publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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