Wife's pointed social media move after split from Nathan Buckley

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·2-min read
Nathan Buckley and wife Tania, pictured here at the 2019 Brownlow Medal.
Nathan Buckley and wife Tania at the 2019 Brownlow Medal. (Photo by Kelly Defina/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

Nathan Buckley’s estranged wife has reportedly wiped all photos of him from her Instagram page after the former AFL glamour couple announced their separation recently.

Tania Minnici switched her account from public to private on Wednesday and changed her profile photo from one of her and Buckley to a generic grey tile.

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Before the account went private Minnici had reportedly deleted all photos featuring Buckley.

Nathan and Tania released a joint statement in December confirming their split after 18 years of marriage, saying they had gone their separate ways early in 2020.

“It has been a tough and challenging year for every family and for ours included,” the joint statement said.

“It is with the utmost love and respect for each other and a true commitment to our sons, that we have made a decision to separate in January.”

Nathan and Tania have two boys together - Jett, 14, and Ayce.

“We remain dedicated parents and in the interests of our boys, we ask for our family to be given the privacy that is needed,” they said.

“We thank everyone in advance for understanding our request and for the unconditional love and support we have received throughout our marriage.”

Nathan and Tania Buckley, pictured here at the 2018 Brownlow Medal night.
Nathan and Tania Buckley at the 2018 Brownlow Medal night. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Nathan Buckley linked with Melbourne model

Collingwood coach Buckley has reportedly been staying at the Melbourne apartment of good friend and sports executive Paul Roberts.

His social media activity has been raising eyebrows in recent weeks, with multiple women linked to the newly-single coach.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Wednesday that the latest woman linked to Buckley was Melbourne model Christina Dietze.

The Herald’s gossip column ‘Emerald City’ said 48-year-old Buckley has been dating 33-year-old Dietze.

“Whispers are rife the pair have struck up something more than a friendship,” the Herald reported.

In her first social media activity since announcing the split, Tania posted a photo with fashion designer friend Jason Grech.

“Adversity sets you up for amazing things,” she wrote.

“This human stands out for being the amazing rock any girl could ask for. Love you @iamjasongrech @jasongrech.”

Nathan and Tania married on New Year’s Eve in 2002, becoming one of the most recognisable couples in the AFL and all of Melbourne.

Buckley played 260 games for Collingwood before retiring in 2007, before becoming the Magpies’ senior coach in 2012.

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