Full-time whistle for a sad fairytale
Burgess divorce finalised at Xmas
THE one-time fairytale relationship of NRL star Sam Burgess and ex Phoebe is officially over.
The Daily Telegraph understands it was just before Christmas that a divorce order was issued, 14 months after the couple separated.
From start to finish, the marriage lasted five years almost to the day with the couple having wed in a lavish ceremony in December 2015.
Neither party would comment when contacted.
The pair have two children – daughter Poppy and son Billy.
Financials from the separation were sorted in April.
They sold their Lurline Bay, Maroubra, home for $5m last January, $1.2m more than they paid for it in 2016.
Former South Sydney captain Burgess, 31, also owned an F45 gym in Bowral, which was put into Phoebe’s name as part of the settlement and sold not long after for $250,000.
Phoebe, who worked as a junior in magazines before embarking on an influencer career, also kept her Range Rover, estimated to be worth about $100,000.
Phoebe is based in Bowral with the couple’s two young children, living at her parents’ estate there.
When in Sydney, she stays in Bellevue Hill, where her father – former Minerals Council of Australia chief executive Mitchell Hooke – owns a two-bedroom apartment.
Burgess, meanwhile, lives in a rented apartment in Coogee with his brother Luke and still owns a two-bedroom apartment in Little Bay, where his mother Julie lives.
The expat Brit, who won the NRL premiership with the Rabbitohs in 2014, retired from rugby league in late 2019 after a career-ending shoulder injury.
It has been a difficult path to divorce for the pair, who remain embroiled in a bitter court battle after Burgess was charged with intimidation and a back-up charge of common assault against Phoebe’s father following a verbal altercation at the Hooke family property.
Burgess pleaded not guilty and the matter was part-heard in November, and is scheduled to resume at Moss Vale Local Court on January 22.
Last week, Phoebe shared a series of personal images to social media, referring to one as the lowest point in life.
In what looks to be around the time of the couple’s split, she captioned an image of herself holding her young daughter while heavily pregnant, in response to a request for a photo at her “lowest when nobody knew”.
Another shot, in which she is holding her baby son Billy, with her eyes looking as if she had been crying, was captioned with “heartbreak”.