Boyzone's Ronan Keating and wife to separate

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The couple have three children

Boyzone star Ronan Keating has separated from his wife Yvonne after 12 years of marriage, it has been announced.

The pair said they would continue to provide the best for their children after the "amicable" split.

The news comes less than a year after the death of Keating's Boyzone bandmate and close friend Stephen Gately.

A statement issued on the couple's behalf said the announcement was made with "great sadness".

'Difficult time'

"The separation is amicable and they will continue to work together in order to provide the best for their children," it added.

"The family ask for privacy at this difficult time."

A spokesman said there would be no further comment.

Keating, 33, and his Irish model wife have three children, Jack, Marie and Ali.

They married in the Caribbean in 1998.

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