Liz Hurley praises Arun as `great father` amid pre-nup rumours

London: A day after announcing her separation from Indian entrepreneur Arun Nayar on Twitter, British beauty Elizabeth Hurley took to the website again to shower praises on her ex, amid reports that the lack of a pre-nuptial agreement can make the split messy.

The 45-year-old model-actress who made the announcement after photographs of her kissing Australian cricketer Shane Warne were published by the tabloid News of the World, called Nayar a "great father" to her son Damian.

"Painful, sad days. Arun & I separated for private reasons but FTR he has been a great father to our son Damian & will always be in his life (sic)," tweeted the `Austin Powers` actress.

Damian, eight, whose father is Hollywood producer Steve Bing, is close to the Indian tycoon, who married Hurley in lavish ceremonies in London and Rajasthan in 2007.

Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Hurley could lose a substantial chunk of her USD 21 million fortune to Nayar if they divorce.

According to British media reports, despite Nayar`s reputation as a tycoon, his wealth is believed to be vastly exceeded by Hurley`s.

The couple did not sign a pre-nuptial agreement before their lavish wedding ceremonies and Nayar is devastated by the latest scandal.

Hurley has invested much of her fortune in property. She is the sole owner of the sprawling USD 7 million farmhouse where she and Nayar live in Gloucestershire, and her USD million Chelsea townhouse is still jointly owned by her and her ex-boyfriend Hugh Grant.

Nayar reportedly has no known assets in the UK.