Rafael van der Vaart is splitting up with his wife Sylvie after he admitted to hitting her.

Van der Vaart, who spent two seasons at Tottenham Hotspur before joining SV Hamburg in the summer, is believed to have struck his wife in front of guests at a private New Year's Eve party.

He told German tabloid Bild: "It was very foolish of me. I'm an idiot. I'm very sorry. It should never have happened."

Sylvie added she had "forgiven him already" but the couple later announced they had separated.

Van der Vaart posted a picture of him, Sylvie and their son Damian embracing on Christmas Day last week on Twitter.

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The former Real Madrid attacker stated: "I am very sad that it did not work with us. We are the culprits. Sylvie alone and I have to answer for it, that our marriage does not work."

A fan favourite at Spurs, Van der Vaart however left the club in order to return to Hamburg, where his wife is a TV presenter in the city.

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The Van der Vaarts (and friend) on New Year's Eve

Van der Vaart, currently benefitting from the Bundesliga's winter break, is due to travel to Abu Dhabi with the Hamburg squad to their mid-season training camp.

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  • Sylvie Van der Vaart and Rafael van der Vaart have ended their marriage after six years, according to reports Sylvie Rafael van der Vaart and wife Sylvie Van der Vaart seen enjoying a holiday in sunny Marbella Marbella, Spain - 11.07.12 Credit: WENN.com

    Sylvie Van der Vaart and Rafael van der Vaart have ended their marriage after six years, according to reports Sylvie Rafael van der Vaart and wife Sylvie Van der Vaart seen enjoying a holiday in sunny Marbella Marbella, Spain - 11.07.12 Credit: WENN.com

  • Sylvie Van der Vaart and Rafael van der Vaart have ended their marriage after six years, according to reports Sylvie Rafael van der Vaart and wife Sylvie Van der Vaart seen enjoying a holiday in sunny Marbella Marbella, Spain - 11.07.12 Credit: WENN.com

    Sylvie Van der Vaart and Rafael van der Vaart have ended their marriage after six years, according to reports Sylvie Rafael van der Vaart and wife Sylvie Van der Vaart seen enjoying a holiday in sunny Marbella Marbella, Spain - 11.07.12 Credit: WENN.com

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    BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 04: Sylvie vaan der Vaart walks the catwalk at the Hunkemoeller Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 on July 4, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

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    BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 04: Sylvie vaan der Vaart walks the catwalk at the Hunkemoeller Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 on July 4, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

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    BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 04: Sylvie vaan der Vaart walks the catwalk at the Hunkemoeller Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 on July 4, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

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    BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 04: Sylvie vaan der Vaart walks the catwalk at the Hunkemoeller Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 on July 4, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

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    BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 04: Sylvie van der Vaart walks the catwalk at the Hunkemoeller Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 on July 4, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

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    BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 04: Sylvie vaan der Vaart walks the catwalk at the Hunkemoeller Show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 on July 4, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

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    DUESSELDORF, DEUTSCHLAND - OCTOBER 06: (MANDATORY CREDIT: ZDF/Sascha Baumann) In this handout image provided by ZDF Sylvie and Rafael van der Vaart arrive on stage during the 200th 'Wetten dass..?' show at the ISS Dome on October 6, 2012 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by ZDF/Sascha Baumann via Getty Images)

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    BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 30: Sylvie van der Vaart attends the Germany premiere of 'Skyfall' at the Theater am Potsdamer Platz on October 30, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)

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    BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 30: Sylvie van der Vaart attends the Germany premiere of 'Skyfall' at the Theater am Potsdamer Platz on October 30, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)

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    DUSSELDORF, GERMANY - OCTOBER 27: Sylvie van der Vaart attends the 21st UNESCO Charity Gala 2012 on October 27, 2012 in Dusseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

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    DUSSELDORF, GERMANY - OCTOBER 27: Sylvie van der Vaart attends the 21st UNESCO Charity Gala 2012 on October 27, 2012 in Dusseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

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    DUSSELDORF, GERMANY - OCTOBER 27: Sylvie van der Vaart attends the 21st UNESCO Charity Gala 2012 on October 27, 2012 in Dusseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

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    DUSSELDORF, GERMANY - OCTOBER 27: Sylvie van der Vaart attends the 21st UNESCO Charity Gala 2012 on October 27, 2012 in Dusseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

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    DUSSELDORF, GERMANY - OCTOBER 27: Sylvie van der Vaart attends the 21st UNESCO Charity Gala 2012 on October 27, 2012 in Dusseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

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    BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 30: Sylvie van der Vaart attends the Germany premiere of 'Skyfall' at the Theater am Potsdamer Platz on October 30, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)

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    BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 20: Sylvie van der Vaart attends CHANEL 'The Little Black Jacket' - Exhibition Opening by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld on November 20, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

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    DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 22: Sylvie van der Vaart attends 'BAMBI Awards 2012' at the Stadthalle Duesseldorf on November 22, 2012 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

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    DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 22: Sylvie van der Vaart attends 'BAMBI Awards 2012' at the Stadthalle Duesseldorf on November 22, 2012 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

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    DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 22: Sylvie van der Vaart attends 'BAMBI Awards 2012' at the Stadthalle Duesseldorf on November 22, 2012 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

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    Tottenham Hotspur's Rafael Van der Vaart (left) and Sylvie Van der Vaart

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    Sylvie Francoise van der Vaart presents the FIFA World Player Gala 2008

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    Rainer Maria Salzgeber (l) and Sylvie Francoise van der Vaart present the FIFA World Player Gala 2008

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