Tennis star Chris Evert has opened up about her marriage to Olympic downhill skier Andy Mill, and revealed that the menopause played a part in their 2006 split. Chris, 61, made the comments during an appearance on Lance Armstrong's The Forward Podcast on Tuesday, as the pair discussed the positive relationships they have with their exes.
"You know, Andy and I are still a family without living together," Chris commented. "I think that's the best way to put it. We had a rough couple of years, because I married Greg Norman who was Andy's friend.
Chris Evert has opened up about her split from Andy Mill
"I don't know. I was going through the menopausal stuff that doesn't get talked about enough – what women go through, you know, at 50ish."
Chris filed for divorce from Andy in November 2006, and two years later married Australian golfer Greg, on 28 June, 2008 in the Bahamas. Both Chris and Greg had left their long time spouses for each other – but in October 2009 they announced they were separating after just 15 months of marriage.
The couple were married for 18 years and have three sons together
Andy, meanwhile, is happily married to Debra Harvick – but he and Chris remain close for the sake of their three sons, Alexander, 24, Nicholas, 22 and 20-year-old Colton.
"We got back together as a family and we still do things and he's a great guy," Chris continued. "He's been a great father to my boys because… He's taking them fishing and hunting and motorcycles and golf and tennis – introduced them to so much."
Chris and Greg announced their separation after just 15 months of marriage
It's not the first time that Chris has spoken about the end of her first marriage. Back in 2011 she told US Elle: "When we were growing apart, I should have nailed it right then and there and communicated, but I didn't.
"I broke a lot of hearts. I broke Andy's heart and I broke my kids' hearts and I brought that into my next marriage.
"Marriage is up and down," she continued. "If you sense that you are drifting apart, you've got to confront the issue then and there."