Darren Hayes, former vocalist with Australian pop outfit, Savage Garden finally obtained a decree nisi at the high court today for what being was described as a 'string of broken promises' by his former wife, Rebecca Roberts.
In a riveting finale to a trial that has fascinated spectators for weeks, Hayes testified to the 'web of lies' that Roberts undertook in order to trick him into marriage. "Chief among these," the singer alleged, "was the claim that she would 'fly me to the moon and back' if I would be 'her baby'. Having been interested in space exploration since a small boy, it was on this basis alone that I agreed to enter into a matrimonial commitment [with her]."
It subsequently transpired, Hayes' lawyer stated, that not only had Roberts not undertaken any of the rigorous training required for space travel, she did not, in fact, even possess a pilot's licence. "She turned out to be a space cadet alright," Hayes later affirmed on the steps of the courthouse. "But not in the way I'd imagined. The bitch is full of it."
The court also heard that the relationship between the pair had been soured further when the ticket 'to a world where we both belong' she claimed to be in possession of turned out to be nothing more than an IKEA family card. "I was bitterly disappointed to be deceived in that way," added Hayes. "I feel I was led down the garden path, so to speak, from day one, and to say that I have little interest in Scandinavian furniture would be an understatement."
In response to Robert's claims that the promises were not literal and meant to be taken 'metaphorically' Hayes' counsel produced what they believed to be prima facie evidence, a 'musical affidavit' in the form of a copy of the 1997 chart-topping single that Hayes wrote and released with founder member Darren Jones. "I thought she might try to pull something like this," Hayes added, "All her friends have been tried for treason, and crimes that were never defined. So I put it all down in black and white, to make sure. I'm so glad I did now."