Outpouring of support after AFL couple's devastating announcement

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Lachie Hunter and Maddison Sullivan-Thorpe, pictured here at the 2016 Brownlow Medal.
Lachie Hunter and Maddison Sullivan-Thorpe at the 2016 Brownlow Medal. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Maddison Sullivan-Thorpe, the fiancee of Western Bulldogs star Lachie Hunter, has revealed the couple’s devastating struggle with IVF is over.

Sullivan-Thorpe took to social media over the weekend to explain she didn’t fall pregnant after five rounds of the fertility treatment.

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She said she won’t be doing any more IVF treatments after almost 150 injections.

“Man this has sucked, sucked so much of my time, energy and emotional capability. It’s made me face my two greatest fears, constantly feeling weak and helplessly out of control,” she wrote on Instagram.

“But man it’s made me tough and emotionally I know now nothing can break me. Motherhood sounds so f**king magical, I’m sure it is every bit as lovely and brilliant as everyone describes.

“But... I’ve also met and spoken with some pretty happy, loved up women who for a variety of reasons have not had children; and you know what they seem to have found some pretty darn special magic in their lives too.

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“2 years since all this began and I am finally at peace with whatever the future holds for me.

“Kids don’t equal happiness and it’s so damn comforting for people like me, crippled by uncertainty to know that.

“Time to put down the needles and start living my best life.”

Maddison-Thorpe explained they still hold hope of having children one day.

Fans rallied around the AFL couple after hearing the tragic news.

“We can empathise Maddison. Big strides forward and embrace whatever lies ahead,” one fan wrote.

Another wrote “so sad”, while a third added: “It took me a long time to get over the fact that I wouldn’t be able to have children- probably 15 years.

“Take it one day at a time, don’t be afraid to reach out to others for support. There are advantages, enjoy them.”

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Lachie Hunter’s tumultuous year

The news comes after a tumultuous year for Hunter, who was ordered to pay a $1000 fine and lost his licence for 12 months after smashing into four parked cars before going to a mate’s place to drink UDLs.

The 26-year-old avoided conviction earlier this month when he admitted careless driving and drink-driving over the Middle Park incident in April.

Hunter also pleaded guilty to leaving the scene without giving his details to one of the vehicles’ owners.

He did stop and apologise to two of the owners, telling them he would take full responsibility for the cost of repairs, his lawyer Rob Stary told Melbourne Magistrates Court.

“I've never been in a collision before, I s*** myself,” Hunter told police.

“I've given the first person my details, the other person knew who I was - after that mate, to be honest, I s*** myself.”

Lachie Hunter, pictured here in action for the Western Bulldogs in 2018.
Lachie Hunter in action for the Western Bulldogs in 2018. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

He was picked up by a friend and they went back to that person’s house.

About two hours later police came knocking and asked for a breath test. He initially refused, but ultimately returned a reading of 0.123. Police found UDL cans inside the home.

Magistrate Michelle Hodgson said he had made things more difficult for himself by drinking after the crash.

In handing down her sentence she took into account the significant penalties he had already faced from his club.

The Bulldogs fined him $5000 immediately and suspended another $15,000 fine. He was banned for four matches and voluntarily stood down as vice-captain.

with AAP

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