26 NOVEMBER 2002

Victoria's Secret beauty Heidi Klum, known for her low-key married life, has announced she's re-joining the world of supermodel singletons. On Monday, the statuesque German model confirmed she is separating from her husband of five years, hair stylist Ric Pipino.

Though US TV reports say the pair plan to divorce, a representative for the 29-year-old supermodel would only confirm: "The split is mutual and amicable." Ric, known for his celebrity clientele, will continue his work with new salons in Miami and New York, while Heidi plans to keep busy with modelling, business and acting ventures.

The catwalk star, who was last week seen strutting her stuff for the Victoria's Secret Christmas Dreams And Fantasies show, has been steadily making the transition from model to actress. After a recurring role on US TV series Spin City, she appeared in the big screen projects Blow Dry and Zoolander.

The couple married in 1997, 15 months after Ric popped the question at the top of the Empire State Building in New York.

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The break-up is "mutual and amicable" said a representative for the German supermodel, who married hairstylist Rick Pipino in 1997Click on image to enlarge