When news broke last week that Jessica Marais and James Stewart were ending their five-year engagement and going their separate ways, the rumour mill went into overdrive with theories as to why.
Yesterday there were reports that jealousy and hard-partying had been the reason why the relationship broke down. And now the paid have slammed tabloids calling their comments hurtful.
“There have been a lot of stories about us this past week which have been hurtful at what is a very difficult time,” the former couple said in a statement.
“Our decision to separate was a mutual one. We again request that our privacy be respected.”
The statement being released comes after Woman’s Day reported in it’s newest issue that friends blame a “cocktail of jealousy, hard partying, and an irreconcilable incident involving James’ twin brother Nick” for the split.