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Tuesday, 20 June, 2000, 06:51 GMT 07:51 UK
Frank Bruno marriage ends
Laura and Frank Bruno
Frank Bruno and wife Laura meet as teenagers
Boxer Frank Bruno is splitting up with his wife Laura after 10 years of marriage.

A joint statement issued by the couple on Monday night said: "It is with great sadness and the deepest regret that we confirm that our relationship has broken down.

"We will do everything as amicably as possible, and we ask that the media will respect our privacy for the sake of the children.


Frank and Laura Bruno
The couple were childhood sweethearts
"We wish to make it clear that we will make no further comment."

It is understood the couple are planning to divorce and no one else is involved in the break-up.

They have been together for 20 years and have three children.

The couple met when Laura was 19 and they married in 1990 at a small church in Hornchurch, Essex.

In their early years together Laura Bruno supported her husband by working as a nursery nurse.

As he found fame as a boxer and TV celebrity she became his manager, looking after his financial affairs and dealing with the media.

The first public sign of trouble with their relationship came in November 1997 when Mrs Bruno obtained a court order banning her husband from "assaulting, molesting or harassing" her.

Ambitious

Family lawyer Henri Brandman issued a statement at the time saying there were difficulties but they were not contemplating separation or divorce.

Bruno, 38, grew up with five brothers and sisters in a terraced house in south London.

His childhood ambition was to be world heavyweight champion, rich and successful. He won the ABA heavyweight championship at the age of 18.

He won his first professional fight against Lupe Guerra in 1982 and in 1995 he became the third British boxer to hold a world heavyweight title after beating Oliver McCall at Wembley.

One of the nation's best loved sportsmen, Bruno has become a television personality and is well known for appearing in pantomime.

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