Formula 1 driver Jenson Button has split up from his wife Jessica Michibata after just spending one year of marriage.
The couple married in Hawaii at the end of last year in a lavish ceremony.
Their representatives have confirmed the news saying that the couple have split amicably and will remain good friends. “Jenson and Jessica have decided to go their separate ways and it is very amicable. There is no one else involved,” a spokesperson for Jenson told Mail Online.
The couple first met in 2008 at a hotel bar in Tokyo and started dating eight months later.
The 35-year-old Formula 1 driver and the 31-year-old fashion model had a brief split back in 2011 right after the McLaren driver proposed to her on Valentine’s Day just last year with a wedding ring worth £250,000.
Unlike conventional marriages, the couple hardly lived together and their busy work schedules kept the two apart as Jenson revealed in an interview with Mail Online earlier this year.
“We don’t see each other any more than before we were married.”
“Jessie still works a lot in Japan. She enjoys her job, she models, she had a television show and has done a Japanese film.”
“She enjoys working, which is great, but it obviously means that we don’t see each other very often.”
Jessica who is a TAG Heuer model lives with her mother in Tokyo in a modest flat, while the sportsman’s home is in tax haven Monaco.
The couple married without signing a prenuptial agreement and according to The Sun, there are ‘discussions’ going on over the Jenson’s £35 million income.
According to a source, Jenson and Jessica “did not have any financial arrangement before their marriage. There are ongoing discussions between them about money, but it’s too early to say how it will pan out,” reports The Sun.
Their last public appearance together was during the American Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, back in October 25.