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Cricketing legend Shane Warne has opened up about the ‘chaos’ that came with his relationship with Hollywood celebrity Liz Hurley, describing her 2011 visit to Australia as ‘scary’.
Warne and Hurley began their relationship late in 2011, with the actress and model visiting Warne and his family soon after.
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The couple generated intense media attention and scrutiny, which Warne said went too far when he discussed it on the latest episode of A Week with Warnie on Fox Sports.
“It was chaos to be fair,” Warne said.
“I suppose it was the sporting world meeting her world.
“We tried to keep things as normal as possible but it got scary.
“Some of these rogue photographers trying to get exclusives — I remember my youngest daughter Summer screaming in the back seat ‘dad, dad slow down’. Cars jumping in front of us, running red lights.”
The hounding from the press and paparazzi was relentless, with the family’s only public refuge being the Capitol Golf Club in the Melbourne suburb of Heatherton.
Warne continued to describe the circus surrounding the couple, who were not only regularly followed while they were on the road, but frequently had helicopters following their movements as well.
“We couldn’t go anywhere else because we’d just get 30-40 people, photographers, news crews, everywhere we went,” he said.
“We had seven cars following us and a helicopter over our head just following us, running red lights, cutting off in front of us.”
Warne opens up on 'horrible' mistakes
In a glittering career punctuated by text scandals, a spot-fixing allegation and even a drug ban, the 50-year-old admits his failure to understand how the media operates, perhaps played a role in his off-field indiscretions.
Speaking as part of a six-part series for Fox Sports, Warne laments the effect his mistakes had on his family.
“I’m not proud of all of my decisions,” Warne tells host Mark Howard on the program.
“I made some horrible mistakes and choices with things.
“But I was always true to myself and that’s what I’m proud of today.”
“Some of the things were really hard to take.
“I let my family down, I embarrassed my children ... but that’s something I have to live with.
“But for all of those bad choices I’ve also been very proud of all the good things I’ve done. I’ve done a lot of good things but sometimes people like to harp on about the bad things because it’s a better headline.”