24/04/2012 12:42 BST

Kris Smith Speaks Out About Dannii Minogue Split

Dannii Minogue's former partner Kris Smith has opened up for the first time about his split with the star.

Kris - who's relationship with Dannii ended earlier this month - told of how he was taking "one day at a time" during an interview on Australian breakfast show The Circle.

"It's a struggle but you know, we're the best of friends and we have a massive mutual respect for one another. Just taking it one day at a time,'" he said.

He also told of how the couple's two-year-old son Ethan was helping him get through the tougher times.

"He's sensational, he just picks you up every single day," he said. "He's a blessing."

However, there was no mention of the recent revelations about Dannii's affair with Simon Cowell before she met Kris.

Earlier this month, Dannii confirmed the split with Kris in a series of posts on her Twitter page.

"It brings me great sadness to tell you that Kris & I have separated. We still care for each other & ask for privacy at this difficult time, in particular for our son Ethan who remains our number one priority... Needing to retreat for a while. Thank you for your ever loving continued support," she wrote.