Amalia and Ilie Nastase decided to put an end to their marriage of almost seven years because they have reached a crossroads in which both of them are aware that they cannot continue any longer except as friends, reads the site of the channel Antena 3. “Although from the very beginning nobody was giving any chance to our relation, we paid attention not even for a second to the other people’s opinion and in a few years we built together a team that everybody admires, helping one another, borrowing from one another qualities, relying on one another. Along these years we had very happy moments, but also very difficult ones and the fact that we were united helped us to go past all the difficulties. We have decided to separate because we have reached a crossroads of our lives in which both of us know than we can continue only as friends,” reads a letter released by the two. Amalia and Ilie Nastase also said that from now on they will continue to respect one another and work together, be friends, partners and parents. “We wrote these things because we respect everybody’s opinion about us and we believe that those who admire us as a couple, and also as people, must know that they will not see ugly things from us. Obviously, we cannot control all the ill-disposed interests, and all the unjustified misdeeds. But the message is simple: we shall not continue as a couple, but we shall continue to be friends, partners and parents,” the two add. Amalia and Ilie Nastase had their civil marriage in Paris in 2003. One year later they had the religious wedding which was a showy display, among the guests being Omar Sharif, Alain Delon, Nadia Comaneci, Ion Tiriac and Gheorghe Hagi.