Rebecca Adlington opens up about life post-split: 'Harry and I are still best friends'

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They announced their shock split last month after 18 months of marriage, but Rebecca Adlington and Harry Needs remain "very much the best of friends". The Olympic swimmer opened up about the end of the couple's romance in a new interview with the Irish Mirror, and said that she and 24-year-old Harry remain committed to their nine-month-old daughter Summer.

"It's not like we're talking, because we are – we talk all the time," 27-year-old Rebecca said. "We are both just working hard on trying to be good parents, and our total focus is on our daughter.

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Rebecca Adlington and Harry Needs are focused on their daughter Summer

"We are both so sporty so we take her swimming, and I would be very surprised if Summer doesn't grow up to be very sporty and active.

"She's only nine months old but her personality is coming out – she's already so independent, and knows exactly what she wants to do… so she's a bit like me."

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The Olympic swimmer said she'd be surprised if Summer doesn't grow up to be sporty

Proof that Harry and Rebecca remain close came at the weekend when they both attended her sister Chloe's wedding. The former couple, who brought along their baby daughter, were in high spirits at the happy event, despite having ended their own marriage just a few weeks earlier.

Rebecca married fellow swimmer Harry in Leek, Staffordshire in August 2014, and they lived together in Stockport with Summer, who was born in June 2015.

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Rebecca and Harry tied the knot in August 2014

On 15 March, the couple released a statement on Rebecca's website confirming the end of their marriage.

It read: "It's after much thought and sadness that we confirm our separation. It is on amicable terms and we still remain close friends. We move forward with respect for one another and our focus and commitment is on parenting our gorgeous daughter Summer. This will be our only comment on this private matter. Becky and Harry."

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