Mona Dotcom and her controversial internet mogul husband Kim Dotcom have separated.
In a statement released last night, Dotcom announced his marriage of five years to his 26-year-old wife was over.
"Mona and I have separated," he
tweeted. "This is a family matter and we would ask for privacy at this difficult time."
It comes in the same week as the Immigration Service ordered the deportation of all four nannies employed to look after the couple's five children.
Mona is understood to have left the Coatesville mansion without her children last Monday. It is not clear where she is living, but sources said she had not left the country.
She now holds 26 per cent of Mega — the online storage service started by Dotcom — through a corporate trustee company.
Two days before his wife left, Dotcom cancelled an appearance as a special guest at the Mana Party's Te Arawa Kapa Haka festival due to a "personal family issue".
The marriage breakdown may have played out on social media. On May 5 Mona retweeted a
post from her soon-to-be estranged husband: "No hater can make you feel bad without your consent."
On the day she is reported to have left the mansion, he posted a
Tweet: "Somewhere, right now, someone is getting something you wanted, but couldn't get, and they didn't try, or even want it ;-)"
A despairing Dotcom told the
Herald on Sunday this week that the deportation of the nannies was further evidence of a Government determined to ruin him by any means.
"This is completely outrageous and unfair and it's just in line with all the other mess that has happened with me and my family," he said. "It's tearing my family apart.
Image 1 of 10: Kim and Mona Dotcom at home, Coatesville. 20 November 2013 Herald on Sunday photograph by Michael Craig Image 2 of 10: Kim Dotcom with his wife Mona and twins July 2013 picture supplied via twitter https://twitter.com/KimDotcom Kim Dotcom @KimDotcom Just before takeoff to Wellington. I'll keep you posted ;-) pic.twitter.com/rKvQX9yqmf 02 July 2013 Image 3 of 10: Kim Dotcom's wife Mona (right) and his daughter Kaylo in Queenstown August 2013 picture supplied via twitter https://twitter.com/KimDotcom Kim Dotcom @KimDotcom 9 Aug Mona and Kaylo looking good in our sweet little Queenstown crib. pic.twitter.com/LwcXIE3RY1 09 August 2013 Image 4 of 10: Kim Dotcom and his wife Mona Photo supplied to the Herald on Sunday for use in Insight MANDATORY CREDIT : SUPPLIED BY KIM DOTCOM SUN 09Dec12 - Image 5 of 10: Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom (R) and his wife Mona Dotcom, arriving at North Shore District Court today. Kim Dotcom, along with 3 associates, is accused of breaching international copyright laws to the value of US$500 million. 18 May 2012 New Zealand Herald Photograph by Sarah Ivey NZH 23Nov12 - Lawyers for Kim Dotcom, pictured with wife Mona, are pursuing an illegal spying operation. Picture / Sarah Ivey Image 6 of 10: Internet billionaire Kim Dotcom and his wife Mona leaving after attending question time in Parliament, Wellington. 19 September 2012 New Zealand Herald Photograph by Mark Mitchell NZH 27Oct12 - HBT 24Nov12 - WGC 24Nov12 - OFFENSIVE: The Tui billboard in question. NAD 24Nov12 - WGG 21Jan13 - WTA 21Jan13 - RDP 21Jan13 - BOP 21Jan13 - OAT 29Jan13 - RDP 29Jan13 - HBK 16Apr13 - DPM 16Apr13 - NAT 16Apr13 - BTC 16Apr13 - WTA 16Apr13 - WGG 16Apr13 - OAT 16Apr13 - Image 7 of 10: Picture time: Two angels in the cloud ;-) pic.twitter.com/PwouYGkw Kim Dotcom and Mona Dotcom Tweeted by Kim Dotcom 23rd November AGENCY PLEASE Image 8 of 10: Kim Dotcom watching music videos with his children in Coatesville September 2013 picture supplied via twitter https://twitter.com/KimDotcom Kim Dotcom @KimDotcom 21 Sep Watching music videos with my kids. Happiness!!! pic.twitter.com/ehlrJTxScV 21 September 2013 Image 9 of 10: Kim Dotcom's wife Mona with their twins October 2013 picture supplied via twitter https://twitter.com/KimDotcom Kim Dotcom @KimDotcom They spied on me, raided me, destroyed my business, took my money & stole my cars, BUT I'm happy :-) pic.twitter.com/RrIuOHWbLR 07 October 2013 Image 10 of 10: Kim Dotcom reading with his daughter Kimmo November 2013 picture supplied via twitter https://twitter.com/KimDotcom Kim Dotcom @KimDotcom Kimmo and me reading the @KimDotcomBook pic.twitter.com/az5O1QS8F1 19 November 2013
Image 1 of 10: Kim and Mona Dotcom at home, Coatesville. 20 November 2013 Herald on Sunday photograph by Michael Craig
"The last two-and-a-half years have destroyed my family and now they are putting this additional stress on us and it's just completely unfair."
The four nannies were issued with removal orders by Immigration New Zealand after their work visas expired last week and must leave the country within a month.
Dotcom, who faces extradition to the United States over allegations of criminal copyright breaches, was concerned about the impact it would have on 6-year-old Kaylo and 4-year-old Kobi.
Both children have autism and a radical change would have a dire impact on their health, Dotcom said.
"The nannies are crying. They are completely destroyed," said Dotcom.
Immigration New Zealand area manager Michael Carley said he was unable to comment on the case but visas are assessed "in accordance with relevant immigration instructions".
These required a labour market test to show no New Zealanders were available or could be trained to do the job before a visa could be granted.
Overstayers have 42 days to appeal the ruling on humanitarian grounds.