Published On: Sun, May 12th, 2013

Napoli forward discusses pain of divorce

Napoli striker Edinson Cavani has revealed that rumours regarding a rift in his marriage are true, and that he is currently in the middle of a divorce.

Media sources have speculated that there were problems between the striker and his wife, Maria Soledad, for quite some time now, with many reports claiming that Cavani was seeing other women.

The 26-year-old spoke to South American newspaper Espectador about the situation and explained the process he’s going through.

“I started legal proceedings for divorce in Uruguay at the start of February and then continued them in April,” said Serie A’s top scorer.

“By mutual agreement, at the end of last year, we decided our son Lucas would be born in Uruguay, where his mother lives.

“After several months of deep crisis in our marriage, we broke up. Maria Soledad returned to South America to give birth and I had to remain in Naples for professional reasons.”

The Uruguayan was able to meet his recently born son for the first time when he returned to his home country for international duty last month, and was seen with his older son Bautista in a Naples hotel last week.

Cavani clarified why the meeting took place at a hotel, rather than in his house, and assured that he would remain committed to his children no matter what the circumstances are between him and their mother.

“Soledad returned to pick up her things in the house where we shared our marriage until last year, then on May 7 she returned to Uruguay.

“While she was in Naples I stayed in a hotel to avoid an embarrassing situation for both of us. Divorce is a difficult thing and is a failure, but I am only divorcing Soledad. I always maintained very clear and unequivocal behaviour, never lacking in my commitment to my children.

“Their mother has access to conjugal funds that cover all their expenses and needs, both present and future.”

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