Sylvie van der Vaart and son Damien are picture of happiness in Miami

Laughing together as they splash though the sea, Dutch model Sylvie van der Vaart and her son Damien are the picture of happiness.

When she split with her footballer Rafael van der Vaart, the blonde beauty made it clear her number one priority was her little boy, and judging by his mood, she has succeeded in protecting him from any negative effects the break up could have caused.


The mother-son team spent some quality time together on the beach in Miami, playing with a bat and ball and swimming in the sea.

Sylvie looked tanned and toned as she took to the sand in a series of pretty bikinis during the two fun days they were spotted soaking up the sun on the family break.

The 35-year-old split with former Tottenham Hotspur footballer Rafael at the start of the year. It later emerged he had assaulted her at a New Year's Eve party.


He apologised, saying: "It was very foolish of me. I'm an idiot. I'm very sorry. It should never have happened."

After the break-up the midfielder confirmed he had started a new romance with Sylvie's best friend Sabia Boulahrouz, who is also the wife of Rafael's Hamburg teammate Khalid Boulahrouz.