Libby Weaver, the popular holistic nutrition specialist and wellbeing advocate known as Dr Libby is separating from her husband.
"In September this year I shared with my husband Chris that I wanted to honour my introverted nature and that I wanted to end our marriage,” she announced on her public Facebook page yesterday.
"For the past three months we have travelled together throughout Australia and New Zealand with our work, while also allowing ourselves the space to grow accustomed to our new way of being together. We have continued this as closest friends, treasured confidants and business partners. We have had many heartfelt conversations, laughed together and enjoyed our shared mission to make a difference in the world.
"Chris will continue as our Chairman and CEO and I will continue writing, researching and speaking. Chris and I have treasured our 10 years together and we remain very much a team.
"We are both private people and we wanted what has unfolded in our lives with the completion of our marriage, to remain private, however, we also care about you and want to remain true to our value of authenticity. Hence, I wanted you to hear our news directly from us. I do ask though, that you please respect our privacy at this time."
Libby is one of Australasia's leading nutritional biochemists, a nine-time number one bestselling author and an international speaker.
The celebrity nutritionist has become a Kiwi favourite with her various self-help books and regularly sells out speaking tours.
Prior to managing his wife’s burgeoning brand, Chris forged his own successful business career as the chief executive of the Auckland Racing Club.
The former couple met at a lifestyle retreat in Queensland when she was giving a talk on understanding and treating causes of weight gain.
"Chris pulled me aside at the end of his stay, was very complimentary and told me I was a great speaker with a great message and I need to write a book. And, he suggested how I could do it," Libby told Woman's Weekly in 2012.
"I'd never met this guy, but he had such great humour, was so playful - I was blown away that anyone would think through what I was doing the way he had. I had no idea at that stage he'd become my husband!"