Football star pays £8 million divorce settlement

Thierry Henry has paid his ex-wife Claire Merry and £8 million settlement to bring an end to their divorce.

It is though that the pay-off was agreed to avoid further battles as Ms Merry, 27, was initially fighting for £10 million.

Her grounds for divorce were based on Henry's 'unreasonable behaviour' after he was allegedly spotted going on dates with make-up artist Sadie Hewlett.

Ms Merry was reportedly demanding a settlement based on the Barcelona star's £130,000 a week earnings, however he claims that he was already successful before the pair were together.

According to the Sun, a friend on Ms Merry said: "She is happy with the conclusion. She said it is close to the £10million she wanted."

Earlier this week it was reported that singer Amy Winehouse is looking to divorce her husband of 18 months, Blake Fielder-Civil.

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Published on: December 5, 2008

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