Ashley Banjo breaks silence on split from wife Francesca after 16 years of marriage
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Diversity star Ashley Banjo has opened up about family life for the first time since he and his wife Francesca announced their split.
The couple revealed in December they had already been separated for more than a year, explaining at the time that they'd kept quiet to help 'make sure [they could] continue as a loving family'.
"Nearly 18 months ago we took the difficult decision to separate," Banjo and Francesca wrote in a joint statement at the time.
The pair met when they were teenagers and went on to tie the knot in 2015, after which they welcomed two children.
"After being together for over 16 years, since we were teenagers, this is not a decision that has been taken lightly," they said.
The couple share children Rose, four, and Micah, three, who they made clear in the statement would 'always' be their 'main focus'.
"Raising Rose and Micah in a happy and healthy environment is the most important thing to both of us," they continued.
Banjo has since remained quiet about the breakdown of the relationship, but in an interview with MailOnline this month he touched on family life in the wake of the split.
The dad reiterated the importance of making sure his children are happy, saying: "At the end of the day, for me when it comes to life my children are my priority and looking after my family and my babies and making sure they're happy and their lives are good is number one."
Banjo shared that his children are now old enough to understand how their dad made it into the spotlight on Britain's Got Talent, and enjoy watching old clips of him in action.
"Now they're old enough, my children enjoy watching BGT performances on YouTube, they always get up Diversity performances and they want to watch their daddy, which is super cute, and I love watching the old performances with them," he said.
Banjo continues to perform with Diversity 13 years since the dance troop won the talent show, and he revealed they may return to the show again now the latest season is underway.
"I'm not sure if we will be performing on the show this year but we are trying to make schedules work and it is definitely on the cards," Banjo explained.
With close to 15 performances under their belt, Diversity has performed on Got Talent shows more than any other act.