The Chelsea legend, 42, met Lalla Diakate in the late 1990s in Paris and they tied the knot in June 2011 in Monaco in the presence of selected guests, but player claims they have separated after 20 years of togetherness.
Although he did not explain reasons for their separation, the two-time Africa Player of the Year Award recipient noted that it was a difficult decision.
He, however, stated that their three children will get maximum protection, adding that the privacy of the family will remain protected.
From the union between Didier and Lalla – the couple was blessed with three childrenincluding Isaac, Iman and Kieran.
The Chelsea Legend was quoted on Instagram saying: “I don’t usually discuss my private life, but due to false media speculation today I will confirm that sadly after 20 years together, Lalla and I made the difficult decision to separate last year.
“We remain very close and our main focus has been our children and protecting them and the family’s privacy. God bless you all.”
Former Ivory Coast striker Drogba has previously maintained a discreet private life as he tried to shield his loved ones from the limelight.
But he has been forced into making a statement confirming his relationship with Lalla was over after saucy images of him and an unknown woman set tongues wagging.
The photos and clips soon went viral on social media.
And they showed the bare-chested Blues idol in bed with a nearly-naked young woman.
In the film, which a representative claimed had been hacked, she playfully sinks her teeth into Drogba’s shoulder as he screams in pain.
He then speaks to her in French about being bitten, and appears to say: “She’s positive! She’ll infect me by biting me!”
That sparked headlines in his native West African homeland.
And it prompted him to break his silence and admit he and Mali-born Lalla have gone their separate ways.
Drogba enjoyed two spells at Chelsea, first arriving at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho in 2004 and embarking on an epic eight-year spell in the capital.
He returned in 2014 for a year-long stint and helped to take his tally to 104 goals in 254 top-flight matches for the club.
Drogba also won a host honours at Stamford Bridge, including four Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2012.
Only recently, Drogba was presented with a traditional chieftaincy title in a village in his home country.
The 42-year-old Champions League winner was named the Nanan Kadio Morokro III of Niable village on Tuesday, December 15.
It was gathered the former Ivory Coast captain was enthroned in the pure Akan tradition and received the attributes of a chief.
The former Blues goal poacher is currently in Niable with his foundation as part of a social work marked by the delivery of digital libraries and school kits to local schools.