Singer and actress Vanessa Williams' efforts to patch up her troubled marriage to Rick Fox have failed - the basketball ace has now filed for divorce.

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION (NBA) veteran Fox and Williams have given no official reason for the split.

The two have been married for five years and have a four-year-old daughter called Sasha.

Fox's spokeswoman STACI WOLFE says, "They are both extremely devoted parents, so the most important thing to them right now is the welfare of their child. They are committed to working out what's best for her."

Williams, 41, also has three children from her previous marriage to RAMON HERVEY.

Last month (JUL04), weeks after they announced their separation, Williams and Fox were spotted enjoying a romantic break in the Bahamas.

10/08/2004 21:14