Kerry Katona has urged her ex husband, Brian McFadden, to come back to Europe to be closer to their two children, Molly (9) and Lilly-Sue (8).

Accoding to The Daily Star she said: "I'm so sad for Brian, although we have had our differences it's always awful when a relationship ends. If he was back here permanently I'm sure we'd put our differences aside for the girls' sake so he could be in their lives. All he has to do is pick up the phone."

Katona’s comments come in the wake of the news that the former Westlife member has broken up with his long-term girlfriend, Australian pop star, Delta Goodrem. The couple who had been together since 2004, and were engaged in 2007, released a joint statement yesterday announcing the end of their relationship.

It read: "Delta Goodrem and Brian McFadden regretfully announce that they are no longer engaged, and after much consideration, have mutually decided to end their relationship.

"This decision has been made with a lot of soul searching from both parties with the realisation that they have grown apart. They leave the partnership with respect for one and other, wishing each other success and happiness for the future.

"Delta and Brian appreciate there will be interest regarding this announcement but request that their time together is respected and they are given privacy during this time of transition."

Following that statement McFadden (30) wrote of the split on his Twitter page, describing his time with Goodrem (26) as “the best years of my life.”

He wrote: "i love delta and always will. She is one of gods living angels. I thank her for giving me the best years of my life. Please give us time x".

In recent months, McFadden and Goodrem had been spending more and more time apart as he was based in Sydney and busy working as a judge on ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ and she was recording her fourth album in Los Angeles.