Despina Vandi and Demis Nikolaidis decided to separate and follow different paths. News of the separation fell like a "bomb from the air" in the Greek showbiz world. The famous couple decided to follow separate paths after 18 years of marriage. Singer Despina Vandi and former footballer Demis Nikolaidis emphasise that their children and their protection remain a priority. The divorce was announced by the manager of the singer and co-founder of "Panik", George Arsenakos, with a simple statement he sent to media. "After 18 years, we made the decision to proceed with the end of our marriage. Our absolute priority is the care and protection of our children and we ask for respect in our decision and our priority. D. Vandi - N. Nikolaidis." READ MORE: Demi Moore Becomes a Godmother in Crete, Dressed like a Greek Goddess.