Melanie Bala has, for the first time, opened up about split from her estranged husband, Zwai Bala, explaining that they grew apart over the years

In October last year Melanie and Zwai shocked fans when they released a joint statement on social media announcing that they had decided to split after ten years of marriage.

Ever since then both Zwai and Melanie have been silent on the split.

However, during a recent interview with Gareth Cliff on Cliffcentral, Melanie spoke about some of the reasons they decided to go their separate ways.

“We were together for 17 years and who you are when you meet at 20-something is a lot different to who you are when you are 40-something. You grow. You change. You evolve,” she said.

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Melanie added that they did not want to be unhappy and so knew they had to make a mature decision

“It is about saying are you able to bring the best out of a person and when you are no longer able to do that, you should be mature enough to say: ‘You know what? Neither of us wants to be unhappy. I don’t want you to be unhappy,’” she added.

The radio personality said that, despite the split, they would be a part of each other’s lives for a long time to come because of their children, and didn’t want to “spend a lifetime of fighting”.

When they released the statement five months ago, they also revealed that it was a mutual decision.