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Kristin Cavallari's career overtaking Jay Cutler's could have contributed to split

Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler announced they were splitting up after nearly seven years of marriage earlier this month

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Kristin Cavallari's career overtaking Jay Cutler's could have contributed to split

Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler have announced their decision to divorce after 10 years together, and it's claimed her career may have contributed to the breakup.

The Laguna Beach star's career has gone from strength to strength but since Jay's retirement from his high-flying American football career in 2017 things have quietened down for him.

Kristen, 33, announced she was splitting from Jay, 37, on Instagram earlier this month, saying it was a mutual decision.

US divorce lawyer divorce lawyer Dror Bikel claims Kristen's career overtaking her husband's may have contributed to the split.

Bikel told TooFab:

"Celebrity career success competition creates marital stress.

"Jay was an American football hero – Chicago Bears quarterback, but now retired from the limelight. Kristin was less visible early on and solely marriage focused but is now a hot, high-trajectory brand.

"Sports and entertainment celebrity couples face a real challenge when their career success favors one or the other, or even more difficult when there is a shift as the former dominant brand is fading as the spouse's brand picks up speed."

Mirror Online has contacted the couple's reps for comment.

Kristen announced the split on her Instagram accompanied with a poignant photograph of the couple holding each other and their backs to the camera.

She wrote:

"With great sadness, after 10 years together we have come to a loving conclusion to get a divorce.

"We have nothing but love and respect for one another and are deeply grateful for the years shared, memories made, and the children we are so proud of.

"This is just the situation of two people growing apart. We ask everyone to respect our privacy as we navigate this difficult time within our family."

They are parents to Camden, seven, Saylor, four, and Jaxon, five.

In new legal documents seen by TMZ allegedly Kristin accused Jay Cutler of marriage misconduct.

The reality TV star, who also wants full custody of the children, was said to have alleged her partner was "guilty of such inappropriate marital conduct as renders further cohabitation unsafe and improper".