Two dads who grew a large internet following due to their photo-perfect family have split up.

Kordale and Kaleb Lewis received a huge following online, after posting a picture of them getting their daughters ready for school last year.

Following the incident, they also began to receive racist and homophobic abuse online, which snowballed into a torrent of hate mail.

The pair – who have spoken out against homophobia and appeared in ad campaigns together – have now confirmed they have split.

Kaleb Lewis said in a letter to the pair’s fans: “No matter what, these kids will forever and always be in my heart. My love for them will always prevail even if ‘Daddy’ and I are no longer together.

“I constantly remind them of my love and continue to be their ‘Pops’ in this screwed up situation that has recently transpired between their dad and me.

“Thanks to everyone who stuck with us and fought with us, I am sorry this had to end but I needed to be true with you all and I needed to be true with myself.”NCommercialfull

The pair spoke previously about how the viral picture changed their lives.

They said: “It was simple, innocent picture… and then next thing you know it, went viral. The comments were a trip. It didn’t make me feel any way because I know they don’t know what we go through. I know they don’t know our children.

“They don’t know our lifestyles, they don’t know how we live. A picture is so much more than a thousand words.

“We as parents bring kids into the world, and we have to guide them to be better people than we are… and we want them to succeed and do things that we weren’t able to do.

“Those kids have our heart.”