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Natasha Hamilton And Ritchie Neville Announce Split Five Months After Engagement

07/03/2016 11:48 GMT | Updated 07/03/2016 11:59 GMT

They seemed to be a match made in pop heaven, but Natasha Hamilton and Ritchie Neville have announced their split.

The couple have decided to end their relationship just five months after getting engaged.

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Natasha Hamilton and Ritchie Neville

The Atomic Kitten and 5ive singers have insisted they will remain good friends for the sake of their one-year-old daughter, Ella Rose.

"After careful consideration, we have decided to amicably end our relationship," they said in a statement to Mail Online.

"There is no one reason for the failure of our relationship. Unfortunately it's just the way things have turned out and it's no one's fault.

"In the interests of our family we remain good friends and we hope that people will respect our privacy at this time."

The pair first got together in 2013 when their respective bands both appeared on ‘The Big Reunion’.

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Natasha and Ritchie have split after two and a half years together

Natasha has three other children Josh, 13, Harry, 10 and four-year-old Alfie, from previous relationships, and was married to ex-husband Riad Erraji for six years before their split in July 2013.

Ritchie and Natasha had previously spoken of their plans to wed in 2017, after he proposed during a romantic trip to Rome last October.

Speaking about the moment he got down on one knee, she told OK! magazine: "It was so romantic and it couldn't have been more perfect. I felt overwhelmed and like I was in a movie.

"We were sobbing as I said 'Yes!'"

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