But now Tottenham Hotspur player Rafael and wife Sylvie van der Vaart appear to be back on the right track, as they showed when they frolicked in the sea during their St Tropez holiday yesterday.
Looking happy and relaxed, Sylvie, 33, clung to 28-year-old Rafael's back as they enjoyed a dip in the warm sea.
Frolicking: Rafael and Sylvie van der Vaart appear to be enjoying their St Tropez holiday earlier this week
The Dutch model, who acts as a judge on Germany's Got Talent, looked stunning in her bandeau bikini, which she teamed with gold hoop earrings and a pair of aviator sunglasses.
Sylvie spoke recently about how she coped when she first found out that she was suffering from breast cancer.
She said: 'All the luxuries in the world are no protection against that moment when you are told the diagnosis. Then you are just a woman.
Stunning: The 33-year-old model showed off her curves in a bandeau bikini
'For me, it was as if a bomb had gone off under our lives. Whether you are rich or poor, beautiful or ugly, young or old, cancer knows no boundaries.'
Here for now: Rafael recently denied reports he is planning to leave Spurs
The model and television presenter, who moved to the UK last August, after her husband's £8m transfer from Real Madrid, was once known for her long blonde locks.
She now wears her hair short after her treatment caused her hair to fall out.
But Sylvie also described how a gesture from her husband just a few weeks previously had inspired her to love her short hair.
She said: 'I was at home without a wig and my husband told me, '‘You know what, Sylvie, I just love your short hair.
'I think you look way more beautiful than with your wig on. You should put wax in it."
'So he took his wax out of his wash bag, stood behind me in front of the mirror and did my hair.
'That was one of the most romantic things he has ever done for me. I looked at myself and I thought, "You’re right".’
Meanwhile, Rafael came forward recently to insist reports he is planning to leave Spurs for a bigger club are unfounded, and he is looking forward to playing for the Europa league next season.
He said: 'We always want to play in Europe. It is good to have the experience from the Europa League and it would be a nice title to win.
'I like to be playing every two or three days.
'Of course I want to be playing in the Champions League.
'But I have only been here one year. I have enjoyed my year and we will see what next season will bring.
'It’s really important to be in Europe.'