Kim and Mona Dotcom at their mansion with Kobi, left,
Kylee, Kimmo, Keera and Kaylo. Kim and Mona separated this
week. Photo / Michael Craig
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
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
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.
"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
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
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
- Lynley Bilby, NZ Herald