Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Bitter Twitter Divorce

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Bitter Twitter Divorce

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Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger and Paul Cheston

THE split of Ben Goldsmith from his wife Kate is set to become Britain's first multi-million "Twitter divorce" as the Rothschild heiress spoke out for the first time -- and said her life "had been saved" by US rapper Jay Electronica.

The couple are locked in a bitter war on the social networking site following revelations the 29-year-old heiress has been having an affair with the rising US hip-hop star.

But lawyers have warned the increasingly acrimonious public spat could have a detrimental impact on either party's potential divorce settlement. Even Electronica -- real name Timothy Elpadaro Thedford -- is tweeting about the row and has posted an image he took of Kate.

They say this creates a "toxic combination" of immense family wealth and online sniping that could even rival the Paul McCartney v Heather Mills High Court conflict.

William Healing, a partner in Kingsley Napley and an expert in high value international family law court cases, said both sides in the Goldsmith battle would be well advised to let emotions calm down before starting proceedings.

He said: "They are a very young couple, the first of the Twitter generation, and it is a fairly toxic combination of lots of money, use of the social media and third party (children) involvement.

"But because they are a very young couple with very young children they need a calm hand to steer them through."

Mrs Goldsmith took to Twitter to launch an impassioned defence of her behaviour.

In a series of extraordinary tweets, she said her "life had been saved" by the rapper, implied the story was being spun against her, accused her husband of cheating and being "irrational", and said she was responding to the "vultures" taunting her.

She wrote: "All of you should go home and question whether you are really in a position to judge and condemn and then get on with fixing your own lives. Ben in a rational mood would be the first to say that my devotion to my children is unshakeable. I am with them now, as I always am.

"I have been with my husband since I was 17 years old, my whole life from then until now has been dedicated to him and our children. …

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