Jacques Villeneuve confirms splits with fiancee Dannii Minogue

A spokesman for Jacques Villeneuve confirmed Thursday that the Canadian Formula One star is no longer engaged to Dannii Minogue.

"They will not be releasing a statement and have no other comment to make," the spokesman said. "As you are aware JV will not discuss his private life."

Minogue, 28, released a statement Wednesday saying she wanted to concentrate on her acting career having recently landed the part of Esmeralda in the West End production of Notre-Dame de Paris at London's Dominion Theatre.

The pair met at the Spanish Grand Prix in 1999. Minogue moved in with the former world champion from Iberville, Que., in late 1999.

Villeneuve, 29, is preparing for the new Formula One season, which starts March 4 in Australia.