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Marama Fox has split from her husband of 29 years

It's an incredibly sad outcome for the Maori Party co-leader.

She was all smiles as she shook her tailfeather on Dancing with the Stars, but behind Marama Fox's grin, the Maori Party co-leader was hiding a deeply personal heartbreak.

In the latest issue of Woman's Day, the politician reveals she's split from her husband Ben, the father of her nine children, after 29 years of marriage.

"I had never expected this would be the outcome for our family," Marama, 47, tells the magazine. "There is absolute guilt there for me – the pain I have brought to my babies."

Marama shone on Dancing With The Stars
Marama shone on Dancing With The Stars

In the new issue of the magazine, the feisty star reveals the devastating toll her job took on her whanau and her marriage, and how she's trying to move on with her life.

"I want to learn how to live alone," she said. "I need to know who I am now."

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