EXCLUSIVE: Wham! star Andrew Ridgeley splits from model girlfriend Amanda Cronin – as she brands him ‘not relationship material’
Wham! star Andrew Ridgeley, 60, was left heartbroken when he split from his long-term partner, Bananarama singer Keren Woodward, in 2017.
So fans were delighted when the Mail disclosed last summer that he had found love again, with super-rich divorcee and former model Amanda Cronin.
But the singer’s ray of sunshine has proved sadly fleeting after Cronin, 54, revealed the pair have broken up.
She told the Mail: ‘I’m grateful for the time we’ve had together – he’s smart, funny, sexy and cool.’
Speaking at the launch party for Lisa Snowdon’s book, Just Getting Started, at Langan’s Brasserie in Mayfair, Ms Cronin explained: ‘Andrew is such a phenomenal guy, but I don’t think he’s really relationship material, although he has been in a very long relationship.’
It’s over: Wham! star Andrew Ridgeley, 60, has split from model girlfriend Amanda Cronin, 54, after she branded him ‘not relationship material’ (pictured in June 2022)
She added: ‘I will get married again, and it won’t be to Andrew.’
The pair made their first public appearance together to watch the tennis at Wimbledon in June last year.
Friends told the Mail at the time that the ‘public debut’ showed the couple were ‘serious about their relationship’.
Cronin, who is said to have ‘the longest legs in Belgravia’, was the subject of Channel 4 programme The Millionairess And Me last year.
She landed a multi-million-pound divorce settlement in 2019 from Monaco energy mogul Mark Daeche, with whom she had a daughter, after six years of marriage.
Before meeting Ridgeley, Cronin had complained: ‘I am looking for love, but I never get approached. I want a man who is kind, passionate, sincere and authentic.
‘I don’t want to do dating apps – I just believe the right person lands in my life, it always has.’
Ridgeley founded Wham! with George Michael after they met at school. He amassed an estimated fortune of £25million from their performances.
Keeping himself busy: Ridgeley is said to be working on a Netflix documentary to mark the 40th anniversary in July of Wham!’s debut album, Fantastic
He and Ms Woodward, 62, surprised fans in 2017 by announcing they were separating after 25 years.
Ridgeley is said to be working on a Netflix documentary to mark the 40th anniversary in July of Wham!’s debut album, Fantastic.
The duo were one of the most popular bands of the 1980s and Ridgeley is reported to have been working with the estate of George Michael, who died in 2016 aged 53, to come up with ideas for the anniversary.
There are also plans to re-release their music.
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Long-term love: Andrew, 62, surprised fans in 2017 by announcing he was separating from Bananarama singer Keren Woodward after 25 years (pictured in 1981)