Former AFL star Brad Green has gone public with his new relationship, nine months after the tragic death of wife Anna.
The AFL community was rocked by the sudden death of Anna Green last May at the age of 40.
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Brad, 38, shared the heartbreaking news on his Instagram page.
“Goodbyes are not forever, are not the end,” he wrote at the time. “It simply means, I’ll miss you until we meet again. Rest easy, my darling #xxx3boys.”
On Thursday, Green attended the MRC Foundation Blue Diamond Ball at Caulfield Racecourse with Channel 10 sports presenter Caty Price.
According to the Herald Sun the new couple met at the Melbourne Cup carnival in November and immediately hit it off.
Anna’s family confirmed the tragic circumstances around her death in a statement last year.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we confirm the passing of beloved mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend Anna Green,” the family wrote.
“Anna suffered a cardiac arrest last week and passed away peacefully at lunch time yesterday surrounded by her immediate family.
“The family would like to thank the committed medical team at the intensive care unit at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital and would now ask for privacy as they come to terms with their loss.”
Anna worked in the fashion retail industry before launching her own brand and turning to lifestyle writing.
AFL community rallies around Green boys
In the wake of Anna’s death the AFL community rallied around Brad and his young sons Oliver and Wilba.
The boys were invited to join the Melbourne Demons as they ran through the banner prior to their Queen’s Birthday clash with Collingwood last year.
Demons captain Nathan Jones and rising star Christian Petracca accompanied the children through the banner, while Green looked on proudly from the boundary line.
The gesture won universal praise among the AFL community, led by Richmond Tigers star Jack Riewoldt, who was on commentary duties for Fox Footy.
“Today is a great example of what football clubs are about,” he said during the broadcast.
“It just shows that footy is such a great vehicle for families to go through hardship and be supported by teammates, supporters and society as a whole.”
Also speaking on Fox Footy’s commentary, Hawthorn legend Jason Dunstall said it had been a moving moment.
“It’s great to see a smile on his face,” Dunstall said.
“The game of AFL and the clubs in particular are very good at rallying around and embracing their own.”