Rebecca Adlington and husband Harry Needs split after 18 months of marriage

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Rebecca Adlington, the former Olympic swimmer, has announced that she and her husband Harry Needs have split after just 18 months of marriage following a series of rows since the birth of their first child.

The 27-year-old double gold medallist said the separation from fellow ex-swimmer Needs, 24, was “on amicable terms” and insisted the pair “remain close friends”.

The couple tied the knot in August 2014 at a rural wedding venue in Staffordshire and Adlington gave birth to their daughter in June last year.

Read The Telegraph and Rebecca Adlington

It’s after much thought and sadness that we confirm our separation. It is on amicable terms and we still remain close friends. We move forward with respect for one another and our focus and commitment is on parenting our gorgeous daughter Summer. This will be our only comment on this private matter.

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