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Adam Peaty's brother speaks out on reason behind swimmer's shock split

The couple were together for three years

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Gemma Strong
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Adam Peaty's fans are still reeling from the news of his shock split from his girlfriend Eiri Munro.

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The couple stunned followers when they confirmed the end of their three year relationship in individual statements shared on Instagram.

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In his heartfelt message, Olympian Adam, 27, apologised to both Eiri and their two-year-old son George, writing, "I'm sorry for letting you down."

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Shortly after the announcement, speculation began as to why the couple have ended their romance. A number of fans wondered whether it was linked to Adam's time on Strictly Come Dancing, during which time he was partnered with Katya Jones.

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Adam and Eiri with their two-year-old son George

But now Adam's brother James has spoken out about the couple's split – and absolutely denied a link to the show.

"He was in it over a year ago. It has nothing to do with Strictly," James told MailOnline. "I was surprised that it happened but sensed it was coming, but Adam's doing OK. It's his Gladiator mindset."

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"A lot of people will wonder why it's happened, he has a lot of followers. I'm close to my brother, I'm with him every day, and he confides in me. I'm his support network."

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The couple were together for three years before their split

James further confirmed that he is aware of the "reasons for the split" but was not in a position to share them.

He declined to say if the parted couple were still living together in the same house, but revealed they would be co-parenting their toddler son. "Co-parenting is popular nowadays, that's the way it is," James said.

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Eiri, meanwhile, has issued a statement of her own regarding her split from Adam.

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Eiri has confirmed she is taking a break from social media

She wrote: "The last three years have been so, so, amazing. Our little family have experienced so much laughter, love, and joy. You guys have been such a significant part of that.

"This next chapter of my life is surely going to be a difficult one. I would appreciate that people would refrain from commenting, speculating, or messaging.

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Adam confirmed news of their split in an emotional Instagram post

"I have shared so much of my life, but for now, I am choosing privacy and I hope that you will all respect that.

"I appreciate you all so much and I'm so thankful for all the fun and opportunities you have given me.

"I am going to be taking a break from social media, so goodbye for now. Thank you so much for everything."

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