Dannii Minogue has confirmed that she and Kris Smith have called time on their four year relationship in a statement issued through her Twitter account. Shortly after the former X Factor judge made the announcement on the social media site, model Kris also wrote a message to his followers echoing Dannii’s earlier tweet.

Last June the couple were forced to release a statement insisting their relationship was still intact, however reports of trouble between the Aussie singer and her model boyfriend reared its ugly head again this week, with Dannii then confirming the rumours in the early hours on this morning on Twitter.

In both Dannii and Kris’s announcements regarding their split, the former couple stress that their 21 month old son Ethan remains their priority and that they ask for privacy during this difficult time.

It’s believed that 33-year-old Kris moved out of the home the family shared together in Melbourne, Australia two weeks ago. Dannii is understood to be spending a large amount of time with her parents, Ron and Carol, who also live nearby as she adapts to life as a single mother.

40-year-old Dannii is said to have fought hard to try and save her four year relationship with Manchester born Kris, however there had been reports of infidelity on the male model’s side which lead to increasing tensions between the pair.

The M&S model ended her Twitter statement by telling her followers she’d be taking a step back from the social networking site in coming weeks in light of the breakdown in her relationship with Kris.