‘My beloved Lionheart’: Hurley pays tribute to Warne

Shane Warne’s former fiancee Liz Hurley has paid tribute to the Australian cricketer following his sudden death in Thailand on Friday.

“I feel like the sun has gone behind a cloud forever,” she wrote on Instagram on Saturday. “RIP my beloved Lionheart.”

The British model and actor began dating Warne at the end of 2010. The pair became engaged in October 2011, but split two years later.

“The Warne impulse was in action,” he wrote in his book, when recalling the impromptu proposal on James Packer’s superyacht.

“I didn’t have a ring, nothing, but the moment was right.”

Warne later credited Hurley for helping him to get back into shape and for making the transition to a healthier lifestyle.

The relationship with Hurley provided the catalyst for the bowler’s final split from his wife, childhood sweetheart Simone Callahan.

Warne announced the split from his wife December 2010 after pictures of him kissing Hurley were published. His marriage has already gone through a number of tumultuous years, with numerous allegations of affairs on Warne’s part.

Warne devoted a whole chapter of his book to his time with Hurley: “I can honestly say that the time I had with Elizabeth were the happiest years of my life,” he wrote.

The pair announced their split in December 2013, saying work commitments had kept them apart after she landed a role on television show The Royals.

“We still love each other in many ways – we’re not in love, like we were – but I still care for her deeply,” Warne wrote.

“I think we were good for each other and I know that I miss the love we had.”

He also wrote that Hurley’s friendship with actor and former long-time partner Hugh Grant made him “jumpy”.

“The more you’re apart, the more you ask questions,” Warne wrote. “I got jumpy about the time Elizabeth still spent with Hugh Grant … He is her best friend, but they saw each other more when I wasn’t around so, well, you know.”

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