Hollywood great Toni Collette has announced she is splitting from her musician husband of almost 20 years after he was snapped passionately kissing a woman in the surf off a Sydney beach.
Dave Galafassi, who was a drummer in an indie rock band when he met the Muriel’s Wedding star, was pictured on Wednesday taking an early morning dip at Manly with chiropractor Shannon Egan.
Daily Mail Australia contacted Collette’s management about the photographs on Wednesday afternoon and hours later she announced the couple had split in a joint statement released on her newly-reactivated Instagram account.
‘It is with grace and gratitude that we announce we are divorcing,’ the pair wrote. ‘We’re united in our decision and part with continuing respect and care for each other.
‘Our kids are of paramount importance to us and we will continue to thrive as a family, albeit a different shape. We’re thankful for the space and love you grant us as we evolve and move through this transition peacefully. Big thanks.’
Collette reactivated her Instagram account just five days ago when she shared a photo of herself drinking from a ‘Happy Birthday’ cup with the caption: ‘I’m back. Hello world. I love you.’
In Wednesday’s exclusive pictures, Galafassi was seen hugging and kissing another woman in the water and on the sand in front of other swimmers.
The pair arrived at the beach about 7.30 am, spent 15 minutes in the water, then bought a coffee. One witness said the couple was ‘all over each other’.
Hours before her divorce announcement Collette posted a cryptic note to Instagram stating: ‘No matter what your current circumstances are, if you can imagine something better for yourself, you can create it.’
Collette, 50 and Galafassi, 44, have two children aged 14 and 11 and have divided their time between Australia and the United States in recent years.