Phoebe Burgess shares previously unseen photos from her devastating breakup with ex-husband Sam amid their legal battle – saying she was ‘heartbroken’ and at her ‘lowest point’
Phoebe Burgess has shared some candid and unseen photos from her devastating split with NRL star ex-husband, Sam Burgess.
On Tuesday, the former WAG and influencer shared a series of images on her Instagram stories from when she was experiencing ‘heartbreak’ and at her ‘lowest point,’ presumably from the time of their split.
Phoebe, 31, also reflected on getting through difficult times and shared a picture of herself hugging their two children, writing: ‘Knowing, even at the s**ttiest times in life, that we are capable of feeling unbridled joy.’
Candid: On Monday, Phoebe Burgess shared previously unseen photos from her devastating breakup with husband Sam saying she was ‘heartbroken’ and at her ‘lowest point’ – amid their legal battle. The pair are pictured in happier times, in May 2017
She was asked by fans to share a picture of ‘heartbreak,’ when she shared an image of herself cradling a newborn baby, believed to be her son Billy.
In the image, she appears to be teary.
Phoebe was also asked to post a picture of herself at her ‘lowest when nobody knew,’ when she shared a picture of herself pregnant with Billy while holding daughter Poppy.
She shared the picture of herself cradling her two babies when asked to share a ‘happy memory.’
Phoebe and Sam share custody of their two children, Billy, two, and Poppy, three.
Raw: She was asked by fans to share a picture of ‘heartbreak,’ when she shared an image of herself cradling a newborn baby, believed to be her son Billy
Struggles: She was also asked to post a picture of herself at her ‘lowest when nobody knew,’ when she shared a picture of herself pregnant with Billy while holding daughter Poppy
Sam and Phoebe separated in September last year, and finalised their divorce in April this year.
At the time, The Daily Telegraph reported Phoebe had walked away with 70 per cent of the former couple’s marital wealth, including an F45 gym bought in the names of Sam Burgess and her older sister Jemima’s husband Gene Fairbanks in 2015.
She has since sold the gym.
The former journalist, who now promotes herself as a brand ambassador, also kept a $100,000 Range Rover which she is regularly seen driving around Bowral.
Emotional: Phoebe also reflected on getting through difficult times and shared a picture of herself hugging their two children, writing: ‘Knowing, even at the s**ttiest times in life, that we are capable of feeling unbridled joy’
In June, Phoebe became emotional while discussing the harsh realities of life as a single mother on The Morning Show last month.
‘There’s not makeup every day, it’s not glam being a single mum,’ she told hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies.
‘I do have help [from] their grandparents. My parents are amazing,’ Phoebe said, appearing to hold back tears.
The influencer explained that she tries to be honest with her followers about life as a single parent, insisting: ‘I don’t like to portray a perfect scenario. It’s not perfect.’
Reality: Phoebe became emotional while discussing the harsh realities of life as a single mother on The Morning Show last month, saying, ‘It’s not glam being a single mum’
Sam and Phoebe married in December 2015 at her parents’ country estate near Bowral.
The tension was obvious at the couples’ nuptials in the picturesque New South Wales Southern Highlands.
Phoebe’s father, corporate high-flyer Mitch Hooke, and his wife Sarah, had opened the gates of the family farm up to Australia’s elite for the ceremony.
But by the time the eldest Burgess brother had given his best man speech, a crack in the unlikely union had already appeared, with Luke loudly ‘shooshed’ by Mr Hooke.
At the reception Sam’s friend and former teammate Luke Keary reportedly got into a confrontation with Gene Fairbanks, a onetime rugby union star and Phoebe’s brother-in-law.
In happier times: Sam is accused of intimidating Phoebe’s father at his Southern Highlands home in October 19, 2019. Phoebe is pictured with her father Mitch and Sam
The same farm was the location of an alleged incident in October last year which led to police taking out an interim apprehended violence order on behalf of Mr Hooke against his son-in-law.
Sam and Phoebe were freshly separated and emotions still raw when they made arrangements for him to visit her family home at 2pm on Saturday, October 19 last year.
The footballer’s visit to Daffodil Downs, just outside Bowral in the New South Wales Southern Highlands, was planned with military precision to ensure he did not cross paths with his wife.
Burgess, then 30, would be welcomed onto the property for two hours to see his young children Poppy and Billy, while Phoebe, also 30, would be away from the home.
Confrontation: Mitchell Hooke, pictured with daughter Phoebe, claims Burgess stood over him in a menacing manner, called him a ‘piece of s***’ and said ‘I’m going to get you’ during a confrontation at the Hooke family home. He says he feared being hit by the footballer
Phoebe’s 64-year-old father Mitchell Hooke would act as a sort of supervisor and her younger sister Harriet would also be nearby.
At 11.48am Burgess texted Phoebe from Bowral to say he wanted to come over earlier but she insisted on sticking to the 2pm plan.
Burgess spent the lead-up to the visit at the local Royal Hotel, arriving there at 12.06pm and leaving at 1.31pm. While at the pub he happily posed for selfies with fans.
Phoebe left Daffodil Downs before 2pm to ensure she would not run into Burgess. Harriet was in the stables and Hooke was sitting in his office.
What happened over the next couple of hours would tear the Burgess and Hooke families even further apart and land Sam in court charged with intimidating and assaulting his father-in-law.
Hooke said when he spoke to his daughter about the incident she said: ‘Dad, you don’t know what he’s like, you don’t know what he’s capable of’
Sam is accused of intimidating Phoebe’s father at his Southern Highlands home in October 19, 2019.
Hooke says he feared Burgess would hit him in his own home. Burgess claims Hooke told him: ‘I’m going to destroy you if it’s the last thing I do. I’m going to destroy you and your career.’
According to Hooke, Burgess arrived at his property about 1.45pm and was greeted by him in the kitchen.
Burgess has not given his version of events yet but Hooke says the visit went sour about two hours later when he noted it was time for his son-in-law to go home.
Hooke said when he spoke to his daughter about the incident she said, ‘Dad, you don’t know what he’s like, you don’t know what he’s capable of.’
Three days before the incident Burgess had gone to the Hooke home to discuss aspects of the breakdown of his marriage with his father-in-law.
A broke family in happier times: left to right are Sarah Hooke, her husband Mitchell Hooke, their son-in-law Gene Fairbanks and his wife Jemima, Phoebe and Sam Burgess and youngest Hooke daughter Harriet
Mr Hooke saw Burgess walking down his driveway and whistled at him to attract his attention. The pair then sat down to talk in a machinery shed.
‘It was calm, it was considered,’ Mr Hook told the court. ‘It was awkward. Sam was very emotional.
‘He opened up by saying he was unhappy. The reason the marriage had failed was because it was unhappy.’
‘I said, “Sam, you’ve got to learn to love yourself before you can love others. If you love somebody you’ll die for them”.’
The Rabbitohs player is also charged with common assault in relation to the same alleged incident. Sam has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Police have also taken out an interim AVO to allegedly protect Mr Hooke from Burgess, who has had no contact with his former father-in-law for more than a year.
The hearing will continue in Moss Vale Local Court on January 22.
Over: Sam and Phoebe finalised their divorce in April this year. At the time, The Daily Telegraph reported that Phoebe had walked away with 70 per cent of the former couple’s marital wealth
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