Darren Hayes has made his split from Richard Cullen official, according to reports.
The former Savage Garden frontman has filed for divorce from his husband of 17 years in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences, TMZ said.
The couple separated earlier this year and announced the news to fans in May with a social media post.
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“I am an open book when it comes to my music and lyrics but an intensely private person when it comes to my home and family life,” Hayes began his lengthy message.
“Despite the challenge to keep the most sacred and precious parts of my life just for me, I have felt the need to be honest to those who have always cared for my inner world about what’s been going on in my private life these past two years.”
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“After 17 years of marriage to the best person I ever met, Richard and I have chosen to accept that our union has gently and beautifully come to a rest,” he continued.
Hayes added: “Because people will ask, let me answer the ugly questions to get them out of the way forever – no, there’s no scandal to report, no infidelity, guilty or third party. It’s just life. We adore each other and always will.”
The singer described himself and his husband as still “best friends” and will continue to take care of their shared labradoodle.
The pair had a wedding in 2005, followed by a more formal civil partnership ceremony the following year.
They wed again in the US in 2013 to celebrate same-sex marriage legislation.
The Truly, Madly, Deeply singer spent time earlier this year touring after releasing his album Homosexual last October.
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At the time, Hayes told 9Honey Celebrity the title was meant to be in-part “tongue-in-cheek” and was partly him reclaiming the word, which had been previously used against him.
“Damn right I am gay, damn right I am a homosexual, and I am proud of it,” he said.
“To speak to the title, part of it is tongue-in-cheek but part of it is really rebellious because I am speaking to the fact that I was completely buried by a major record company because I was gay.
“I’m reclaiming that term because that used to be something to describe me in a negative sense. And it’s actually an amazing thing about me.”