The former NFL player has separated from his wife after a year of marriage
The couple, who were struggling in their marriage, had been considering separation, multiple sources told PEOPLE earlier this week.
Now the athlete has confirmed that things didn’t work out.
“This is all very, very personal and very sad,” Manziel told TMZ Sports on Thursday. “I appreciate everyone who has been so supportive of both of us and I would just ask that everyone respect our privacy at this difficult time. My hope is to put my head down and be allowed to focus on work and what is required of me on the football field.”
According to a source close to the couple, the trouble began last week. Tiesi went on vacation to Bali, Indonesia, and when she returned, she scrubbed all evidence of her marriage from her Instagram account.
“She went away, and when she got back, she thought he had been cheating,” the source previously told PEOPLE. “She somehow found out, and she was irate. I don’t know how she found out, but she did.”
A second source told PEOPLE that it was unclear whether Manziel actually cheated or whether Tiesi just thought he had — but either way, it caused issues in the relationship.
“They fought like cats and dogs last week,” said the second insider. “One minute they were together, the next minute they were going to split up. Then they were going to reconcile. It went back and forth for days. They really hit a rough patch.”
A rep for Manziel previously declined to comment.
Tiesi seemingly addressed the drama on her Instagram, answering followers’ questions about the relationship — and saying that their marriage vows had been “broken.”
“U been married? U been betrayed? I don’t do betrayal for a person I was devoted to period,” she wrote to one commenter in a now-deleted post. “Vows were broken f— money and f— u and every other loser on here.”
The couple married in March 2018 in a private ceremony at a California courthouse.
At the time, a source close to Manziel told PEOPLE that Tiesi had been a stabilizing force in the troubled athlete’s life. “He’s trying to get his life settled down,” the source said. “She’s good for him and balances him, and he’s crazy about her.”
The quarterback was once NFL’s shining star, but after struggling with sobriety, Manziel was fired by his agent and then released by the Cleveland Browns.
He signed with the Canadian Football League, but was later released by the Montreal Alouettes. He has been banned from the CFL for violating his contract. Manziel is now a quarterback for the Memphis Express, a team in the Alliance of American Football.
“Bre decided she was done,” the second source told PEOPLE on Thursday morning. “Johnny wanted to work it out. But she wasn’t having it. So they decided earlier this week that it’s over. Now they both have to move on.”