Ashley Banjo has said that “sometimes after so many years, people just go in different directions” when he announced he had split from wife Francesca Abbott.
He, the 34-year-old dancer, is best known as the leader of the dance crew Diversity, who won the third series of Britain’s Got Talent.
Banjo shared the news in a post on his Instagram story on Thursday, writing: “After much thought and deliberation, we both felt it was time to share some news. personal.
“Nearly 18 months ago, we made the difficult decision to part ways. After being together for over 16 years, since we were teenagers, this has not been an easy decision.
“It was not easy and the handling of the situation was not quick by any means. But we feel that as we approach the new year, it is time to share this news with others.
“Our main focus will always be on our beautiful children. Every decision has been made to ensure that we can continue to be a loving and trying family as parents.
“Rose and Micah in a happy and healthy environment is the most important thing to both of us.
“Sometimes after so many years people just go in different directions, but we do it lovingly and we keep trying to be both the best parent we can be and the best friend we can be. .
“We have always kept our personal lives private, so we ask everyone to continue to respect that privacy. We will not be making any further comment on the situation.
“Thanks… Lots of love, Ash and Chess x”
Abbott, who works as a member of the dance troupe management team, posted the same statement to her Instagram story.
The couple announced their engagement in October 2014 and married the following year. They have two children together, daughter Rose and son Micha.
Following their BGT win, Diversity toured the UK, performing in front of growing crowds, while Banjo and his brother, Jordan Banjo, became TV presenters and attendees. attend conferences regularly.
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In August 2020, Banjo was announced as Simon Cowell’s replacement on the BGT jury after the music mogul was injured while riding an e-bike, making his career full.
In June 2021, he stands in front of an ITV documentary exploring his own past and the civil rights movement in the UK for Black History Month.
Banjo was awarded an MBE in the 2022 New Year Honors for dance services.
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