Joost, Amor bury the hatchet

2012-03-19 10:22
Gavin Prins
Johannesburg - Former rugby player Joost van der Westhuizen and his estranged wife, singer Amor Vittone, have called a truce.

Vittone celebrated her 40th birthday on Friday with a party at Montecasino in Johannesburg for 40 guests, complete with a cake decorated with a little piano and the words of the song You Raise Me Up.

Hurt people

She and Van der Westhuizen have now both said they regret their public fighting and accusations of infidelity in interviews with the media.

"We ask the public for respect and support in this difficult time of divorce," said Vittone.

Rapport learned that the estranged couple had reached an agreement and that the divorce will soon be finalised.

According to Van der Westhuizen, he realised that he "hurt people" in interviews "who were not involved in the breakdown of my marriage".

Third parties

Singer Kurt Darren and Dr Jody Pearl, Van der Westhuizen's former doctor, were both dragged into the public spat.

"I hope that Amor and I can bury our anger and that both of us will stop discussing our private lives in public," said the former Bok, who has been diagnosed with motor neuron disease.

"Through discussing our problems in public, we only hurt our children and involve third parties unnecessarily."

Vittone also admits that it was "not a good idea to involve third parties in our quarrels".

She says she still loves Van der Westhuizen because he is the father of her children.

Edith Venter and Cindy Nell-Roberts were among the celebrities who attended Amor's party.


  • Piet - 2012-03-19 10:29

    Who's Amor Vittone and Joost van der Westhuizen?

      Piet - 2012-03-19 12:14


      marnalouw - 2012-03-19 12:54

      Rerig Alicia?

  • Bruce - 2012-03-19 10:29

    Let's hope they really mean it, and behave with some discretion and dignity in future!

  • Darren - 2012-03-19 10:30

    they both so freaking lame!

  • Ken - 2012-03-19 10:34

    Did You Magazine buy News 24 ?

  • Carry - 2012-03-19 10:47


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  • Linda - 2012-03-19 10:51

    They buried the hatchet long ago - in each others backs. Now who gives a flying f? Just PLEASE stop reporting on these two Z list non entities!

      Charlie - 2012-03-19 11:05

      Apparently Joost buried the hatchet a few other places too...

  • BelindaS12 - 2012-03-19 11:00

    BEST NEWS EVER........At least you both are adult enough to realize that your children are the ones that are going to suffer. <3

  • Mable - 2012-03-19 11:01

    Here we go again.

  • Charlie - 2012-03-19 11:05

    Sjoe, now I can sleep better at night.

  • Jo - 2012-03-19 11:05

    Better late than never, I guess. A lot of damage has already been done especially to the people whose names were made public.

  • Jacqui - 2012-03-19 11:20

    We have to support and respect them in this difficult time of divorce. Now really, who is for ever yapping to journalists. Honestly grow up, both of you.

  • Sandy - 2012-03-19 12:05

    Amor abit late for I'm sorry................

  • Judy - 2012-03-19 12:19

    What a pity it took so much mud slinging. When the drug/prostitute story first broke out she said that she would stand by her man whether he was innocent or guilty and then changed her mind, but when he was diagnosed with a fatal illness she jumped on the band wagon and suddenly he was no longer good enough to be her husband or father to their children - what happened to her vows of "for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health" ... when his sponsorships dried up and she had become a household name after her marriage to him and he became ill, those vows meant nothing. Knew her from school days and she only hung out with the kids whose parents had money and influence ... a leopard doesn't change it's spots. So hopefully single she shall remain. Although one day when the unfortunate happens to Joost she's going to be the grieving widow. Amor, how about some marriage counselling and supporting Joost through his illness, you might gain a lot more respect.

      Gemma-Leigh Evans - 2012-03-19 12:43

      You know what...when she said she would stand by him, guilty or not, she clearly didn't think he was guilty or how it would affect her to know her husband slept with another woman. You speak about the vows she made? What about the vows of fidelity Joost neglected to remain faithful to?! You say she's abandoning him in his time of illness? The divorce started before Joost even knew!!! If you love him so marry him. People can't force Amor to do what she doesn't want to anymore than I can tell you what to do in your life.

  • Gemma-Leigh Evans - 2012-03-19 13:00

    FINALLY!!! But for goodness sake, those who keep complaining about these articles...stop reading them. No one is forcing you

  • paduabeverley - 2012-03-19 13:13

    so happy that both parties actually growing up eventally

  • Ruth - 2012-03-19 13:34

    Here we go again, boring!

  • Robert E Meise Esq - 2012-03-19 14:12

    Sorry .... but who the are all the people in this story

  • Christopher - 2012-03-19 14:29

    Is there anything that Edith or Cindy won't attend?

  • Bollie - 2012-03-19 15:12

    lekker man!!

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-19 18:26

    I'm pretty sure there was an article like this last year...

  • Claire Knoechl - 2012-03-19 21:28

    We were never interested in the first place!!!

  • Belinda - 2012-03-22 14:32

    Oh just stop everybody, wonder what you would do if your lifes are public property. Just remember everyone can make a mistake it is the way you fix it, that counts, give this 2 people a chance to sort out their personel problems & fix their mistakes, they only have little time to do so!!!! You don't need to care for them, but do think about 2 little children who did not choose or ask for this.

  • Karin - 2012-05-02 10:33

    Joost jou privaat lewe het niks met ander mense te doen nie,glo en vertrou jy gaan en sl gesond word,sterkte my ou maat. Karin,Piet.

      lorraine.golding1 - 2012-06-06 12:47

      It is just so sad. Once my hero on the rugby field. but my heartfelt sympathy to this man who has contracted this dreadful disease and my prayers that there will be a cure for him. No one deserves to suffer the effects of this disease. Joost keep heart!

  • lyndon.j.penny - 2012-05-23 21:12

    Both are hasbeens that no one wishes to remember.

  • Shirley Richardson Rittmuller - 2013-04-27 16:59

    my late grandfather used to say "If you can't say anything nice about anybody rather keep your mouth shut." I think alot of people should learn from this.

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