SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian spin bowler Shane Warne Monday confirmed he had split from his ex-wife, amid reports of an alleged affair with British actress Liz Hurley. Warne and his former wife Simone Callahan, who have three children together, divorced some time ago but had rekindled their romance and shared a home together in his home town of Melbourne. But after video and photographs of Warne and Hurley apparently kissing and cuddling together in London last week were published, the 41-year-old was forced to issue a statement on his relationship. Sadly and unfortunately, Simone and I split up a while ago, our close friends and family were informed at that time, Warne said in a statement on his website. It is a private matter so we did not make it public. We remain friends and will continue to be good parents. Warnes comments follow those of Hurley, who announced via microblogging site Twitter on Sunday than she had recently split with her Indian businessman husband of three years Arun Nayar. For the record, my husband Arun and I separated a few months ago, she said. Our close family and friends were aware of this. Social media sites have been swamped with comments about Warnes alleged fling, temporarily drowning out calls for his return to the Test squad as Australia struggle in the Ashes series against England. The former Australian Test cricketer refused to speak to the media after arriving back in Melbourne from England on Monday. It is not the first time Warnes romantic flings have made news; previous affairs cost Warne not only his marriage but the vice-captaincy of the Australia Test side in 2000. Warne reportedly met Hurley at an English race meeting in July and last month he announced he would interview her on his new Australian television chat show, called Warnie, which coincides with the Ashes series. Meanwhile, Liz Hurley and her husband have separated, the British actress announced Sunday, as a newspaper reported she has been having an affair with Australia cricket great Shane Warne. Not a great day, Hurley told her followers on social networking site Twitter. For the record, my husband Arun and I separated a few months ago. Our close family and friends were aware of this. Hurley, 45, who has an eight-year-old son, Damian, married Indian businessman Arun Nayar three years ago. Britains News of the World tabloid reported Sunday that Hurley had spent two nights with Warne, 41, in his London hotel suite last week. She had been flirting with him for months via Twitter, it said in an article accompanied by photographs of Warne and Hurley embracing. Divorced former leg-spin bowler Warne arrived in Britain on Wednesday to shoot interviews for his new television show, Warnie, the newspaper said. He has been commentating on the ongoing Ashes series for Australias Channel Nine television network. Previous affairs cost Warne not only his marriage but the vice-captaincy of the Australia Test side in 2000 and the opportunity to become his countrys one-day captain two years later. In 2005 his behaviour saw him sacked from a previous contract with Nine. The continuing controversy surrounding his private life could well put paid to whatever slim chance there was of a comeback for Warne, who retired from Test cricket in 2007. A number of former Test players have called for him to return to bolster an Australia side now 1-0 down in the Ashes series. Hurley and Nayar married in a civil ceremony at Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, south-west England in 2007 and held a blessing and party at the castle the following night. They then had traditional Indian wedding celebrations at the Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur. Hurley and actor Hugh Grant were one of Britains leading celebrity couples in the 1990s before they split after his arrest in 1995 for consorting with a Hollywood prostitute. Also a model, Hurley was well-known for her daring choice of clothes at various red-carpet events and in 1994 wore a Versace dress held together by safety pins.