02/04/2012 03:23 BST

Ronan Keating Considering Move To Sydney After Splitting From Wife Yvonne

Ronan Keating is considering relocating to Sydney following the breakdown of his 14 year marriage.

The Boyzone star - who had kept the split secret for three months - confirmed the split on his Twitter page yesterday, saying: "Sadly our news is true. Thank u all for your support. Yvonne and I still love and care for each other and want to protect our kids."

Yvonne later released a statement revealing that they had parted ways last year but wanted to give their children, Jack, 13, Marie, 11, and Ali, six, time to adjust.

She said: "Sadly, our marriage ended late last year. We kept this news private to give everybody involved time to adjust."

The singer - who is also a judge on the Aussie version of The X Factor - is now thinking about moving to Sydney to help him get over the split.

A friend told The Mirror: "Really things never recovered after Ronan's affair. They've been determined to do their best for the sake of their children, but things have finally reached a head.

"Ronan has been working in Australia a lot on The X Factor and he loves it. He's already been spending half of the year there and is planning to make the move permanent. Obviously he will make plenty of trips to Ireland to see his family and children.

"Ronan's career has really taken off in Australia. He's become a big star out there and he loves the lifestyle. He's going to spend a bit of time working things out with Yvonne here, but once the Aussie X Factor auditions begin in May don't expect him back. He did hope to patch things up again with Yvonne, but all the time in the world couldn't mend all the problems they have going on behind the scenes."

Ronan and Yvonne previously broke up in 2010 amid allegations Ronan enjoyed a fling with a dancer on tour a year prior but they rekindled their relationship several months later.