Barcelona forward Thierry Henry has reportedly ended his marriage by agreeing to a divorce payoff believed to be worth £8 million. Henry, 31, met Claire Merry on the set of his famous ‘Va va voom’ car advertisement back in 2001, and the pair wed in Hampshire in July 2003. Henry and Merry lived together in their £5.95 million Hampstead home with daughter Tea but soon after Henry left Arsenal for Barcelona in the summer of 2007, it was announced the pair would split. According to court papers the decree nisi order was granted on the grounds of Henry's behaviour and although no specific information was released it was believed that Merry found incriminating text messages on Henry’s mobile phone. A source close to Merry told the Sun: “It was settled at the end of last week. Claire is delighted. “Neither her or Thierry wanted to go back to court as they are both now moving on with their lives. She is happy with the conclusion. She said it is close to the £10 million she wanted.” The sticking point was said to be Merry’s insistence that the award be made in relation Henry’s earnings but the Frenchman argued he was already a success both on the pitch and commercially before they married.
6 December 2008
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