Monday, December 13, 2010

'For the record I separated from my husband a few months ago': Liz Hurley responds to claims of affair with Australian cricket star Shane Warne

By Jody Thompson

-Pictures in Sunday tabloid show her kissing and embracing Warne after apparently staying overnight at his hotel
-Pair have been exchanging flirty tweets since the summer
-Hurley takes to Twitter to defend herself in wake of claims

Just good friends? Liz Hurley, pictured here leaving C Restaurant in London last Tuesday, was said to have spent Tuesday and Wednesday night with Shane Warne, pictured flying into Heathrow last week

Liz Hurley has taken to Twitter in the wake of allegations she cheated on her husband with cricket star Shane Warne.

A Sunday tabloid published pictures of the model and sportsman sharing a series of steamy clinches and claimed Hurley had spent two nights with the womanising Australian, 41, in his London hotel suite this week.

This afternoon she responded to the reports on Twitter, saying she had separated from her Indian tycoon husband Arun Nayar 'a few months ago'.

But she didn't make any reference to her relationship with Warne - who she has been exchanging flirty tweets with since the summer - or spell out exactly when she split from Nayar.

'Not a great day,' Liz tweeted. 'For the record, my husband Arun & I separated a few months ago. Our close family & friends were aware of this.'

The News of the World claims to have captured on video the pair embracing and kissing outside restaurant Sake No Hana earlier this week.

Speaking out: Liz posted this message on Twitter this afternoon, but didn't say exactly when she split from Arun despite sharing flirty tweets with Warne since the summer

A source is quoted in the paper today as saying: 'They were so passionate they looked like honeymooners. It was electric.'

The News of the World said: 'Hurley and Warne roared with laughter and chatted like old friends during the lively meal in a first-floor room. And at 1am they were spotted going down the escalator to the lobby area.

Close: The pair first met at Goodwood races in July, though it was reported at the time that they were old friends

Smiles: The pair looked close during the summer race meet in Sussex

'While they waited for their coats to be brought to them Hurley reportedly pulled Warne towards her into a darkened doorway, cupped his face with her hands and leaned in to lock lips.

'After releasing from their clinch they gazed into each other's eyes and smiled adoringly.'

They were also said to have flirted again in front of Liz's ex fiance Hugh Grant during the meal on Wednesday night.

Funny business: Liz and Shane share a joke at Glorious Goodwood, where Liz was watching the fortunes of a horse she has a share in

The 45-year-old actress, swimwear model and mother of eight-year-old Damian, who now runs an organic farm in Gloucestershire, wed Nayar in 2007.

They tied the knot in a string of extravagant ceremonies that she sold to magazines for millions.

There were rumours last year that their marriage was in trouble, all hotly denied by Liz.

Married: Liz and husband Arun Nayar pictured at a fundraising event in London last year

Hurley and Warne were reportedly spotted exchanging more lingering kisses after popping out of the cricketer's luxury £1,750-a-night suite at the Bentley Hotel in South Kensington - less than one mile from Hurley's London home.

On their second night together, they were locked away in the same suite for more than 11 hours, the paper said.

They were also seen smooching and kissing again during a meal on Thursday at San Lorenzo in Chelsea.

A witness told the paper: 'They looked completely smitten and blissfully happy together.'

The pair, who first met in July at Goodwood races, have been exchanging flirty Twitter messages for months.

At first, the banter was about the fact that they were initially reported as 'old friends' after their first meeting.

Curious: Liz's Tweet to Shane from her official Twitter account, purportedly from a dog

But the tone between them soon got more and more familiar, with Hurley calling father-of-three 'Angel' in public messages that could be seen by her 35,138 followers, and the 251,281 people that subscribe to Warne's Twitter feed.

In one bizarre message that appears to be a coded message from a dog, Hurley tells Warne: 'Sammy sends you a special lick and says he'd like to put his silky head on your shoulder.'

In a spin?: The bowling legend and the model regularly Tweet each other in public before their thousands of followers

More recent Tweets came this week when Warne messaged Hurley about a adventure park ride he went on during a trip to Abu Dhabi, saying: 'I screamed so loud when ride took off I'm surprised you din not hear me back in the uk !!!'

Liz replied: 'Oooooh, I loved scary rides - remember to scream if you want to go faster!

She also calls him her 'favourite Australian' and calls herself a 'Converted Cricket Fan'.

A notorious philanderer, Warne split from Simone, the mother of his children Brooke, 13, Jackson, 11 and Summer, 8, after a string of affairs.

Full spin: Shane in action playing against South Africa in December 2005

They divorced in 2007, but got back together in 2009 for a trial reunion.

However, it didn't work out though he still lives with his ex-wife in Melbourne.

There has been no response as yet to the MailOnline about the allegations from either Hurley's or Warne's representatives.


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