Michael Clarke has expressed remorse over his involvement in an infamous altercation in Noosa and how it affected his loved ones, including his young daughter, Kelsey Lee. The former Australia cricket captain was filmed in an ugly verbal stoush involving his former girlfriend Jade Yarbrough and Channel Nine presenter, Karl Stefanovic in January.
Amateur footage captured Clarke in a slanging match with his ex-partner and Stefanovic, who is married to Yarbrough's sister Jasmine. The video of a topless Clarke quickly went viral and Jade Yarbrough could be heard on the footage accusing the cricket icon of cheating on her with his ex-girlfriend and activewear mogul Pip Edwards – a claim Clarke has denied.
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Opening up in his first interview about the incident, Clarke told Nine’s A Current Affair on Tuesday that he didn't blame anyone for the ugly fracas. A remorseful Clarke revealed how the public fallout over the incident had a massive impact not only on his life but his loved ones as well.
"Hit me, hit me"
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Michael Clarke's daughter had to hide from paparazzi
Clarke said he felt awful for his seven-year-old daughter, who he says had to try and hide from camera crews trying to get snaps of the 42-year-old and his family. “She’s getting photographed or hiding in the bushes and telling you and teachers that there’s a photographer. She is seven and she knows. ‘Daddy, there’s paparazzi.’ She is seven and she knows that,” Clarke shared.
Following the viral video, which made international headlines, Clarke was let go from various cricket commentary roles and sponsorship deals. In the video, Stefanovic can be seen trying to stop Clarke in his tracks before Clarke started yelling at the popular TV host.
“Karlos, I can tell you now c—t, don’t you f—ing look away. She can, she can punch me, but you, you c-t …” Clarke is heard yelling in the video. Clarke later issued an apology to those involved in the days after the video was published.
“I accept full responsibility for this altercation and am shattered by my actions,” he told The Daily Telegraph at the time. “I’m absolutely gutted I’ve put people I hold in the highest regard in this position.
“My actions in the lead-up to this altercation were nothing short of shameful and regrettable. I am shattered that because of my actions I’ve drawn women of class and integrity, and my mates, into this situation.”
Michael Clarke has learned 'lessons' from scandal
Clarke appeared on A Current Affair to spruik a new non-alcoholic drink, but was told he would have to answer questions about the Noosa incident. Speaking to ACA journalist Simon Bouda, the 42-year-old said the ugly incident had taught him some valuable "lessons" and helped him work towards fostering relationships with those around him
“All I can do is my best and a number of times there’s been (things) that hasn’t been good enough (or come) under scrutiny,” he said. “Sometimes it’s out of control unless I stay in my house 24/7 and I keep control of it, that’s the only way.
“I think the one thing is you just gotta do your best, good times, tough times, highs, lows, pros, cons. I’m like everyone else – still to this day I’m standing here trying my best and I hope that doesn’t change.
“You go through some great times and things hit you in life (but it’s) how to handle it and you don’t know until you go through it.”
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