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Sun 22 Apr 2007 In: New Zealand Daily News

Comedian Michael Barrymore may be forced to give half his assets to his former boyfriend, Kiwi Shaun Davis. The couple had ended their long-term relationship recently after Davis became frustrated with Barrymore's thirst for a return to stardom, according to today's Sunday News. His three-year stint in New Zealand, living with Davis, means the pair were legally in a de facto relationship under the Property Amendment Act. The Act, passed in 2001, is among the strictest relationship property legislations in the world, allowing for equal division. If Barrymore didn't secure a prenuptial agreement with Davis before moving to New Zealand, he risks losing half of everything he owns. "It does appear there is a real possibility Mr Barrymore will face a claim under the Act and this could prove costly for him," says a legal source. Barrymore, 54, and Davis, 31, had been together for almost a decade and unofficially tied the knot in a secret gay Hawaiian wedding in 1999. Barrymore's finances have already been tabloid headline fodder after he was hit with a $4.2m tax bill, causing him to declare bankruptcy in England. The bankruptcy meant Barrymore was forced to hand over his $3m Essex home to liquidators. In New Zealand, the couple have attempted to rebuild their former life of luxury, living in a series of plush Auckland properties. Barrymore is believed to have received $380,000 for his 23 days in the UK Celebrity Big Brother House last year.     Ref: Stuff (m)

Credit: News Staff

First published: Sunday, 22nd April 2007 - 12:00pm

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