Jenson Button has confirmed the end of his one year marriage to Jessica Michibata. The couple, who tied the knot in Hawaii in December of last year, have parted on friendly terms, with a spokesman for the Formula One star stating: "Jenson and Jessica have decided to go their separate ways and it is very amicable. There is no-one else involved."
Jenson, 35, and Japanese-Argentine model Jessica, 31, confirmed the news of their marriage last New Year's Eve on Twitter. "Happy New Year from Mr & Mrs Button!" they wrote. "We are excited to see in the New Year with family and loved ones, we hope you are too!"
Jenson Button and Jessica Michibata have announced the end of their one year marriage
News of their split will come as a shock to fans. The couple first met in 2008 in a hotel bar in Tokyo and started dating eight months later. They split for a short time in 2010 before getting back together – and have seemed very much in love ever since. Speaking to HELLO! magazine a short time after their secret nuptials, Jessica described her Hawaiian wedding as "an incredible day".
"It was very private and intimate," she revealed. "We wrote our own vows because we wanted to say something that was personal to just the two of us. I designed my own dress – something very simple and modest – and I could hear my sisters crying at several points during the service."
The couple started dating in 2008, and tied the knot in Hawaii last December
Just a few months ago, Jenson and Jessica hit the headlines when they were burgled in their sleep while on holiday in the south of France. The couple were staying with friends in a St Tropez villa in August when thieves broke into the property and stole valuable worth around £300,000 – including Jessica's engagement ring, worth an estimated £250,000.