Steve Nash announces plans to divorce

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash and wife Alejandra Amarilla plan to divorce after five of marriage.

Nash released a statement to Life & Style Magazine announcing the split just a day after the birth of their third child, Matteo Joel. 

“I am very thankful and excited that we have a new son, Matteo Nash. Alejandra and the baby are doing fine. But this is a bittersweet moment for my wife and I; after five years, we are now in the process of dissolving our marriage. While we have lived separately for the past several months, we remain firmly committed to raising our children in the most positive, nurturing way possible. I want only good things for Ale going forward; right now, I’m focused on ensuring that our children understand how much they’re loved and adored by us as they continue to adjust to these changes.”

The couple has been together for nine years and married in 2005.  In addition to the newborn Matteo, they also have twin 6-year-old daughters, Lola and Bella.

A native of Victoria, B.C., Nash is a two-time NBA most valuable player.