Former NRL player Alex McKinnon has paid tribute to the mother of his three children only weeks after news of their split was revealed.
McKinnon shared a black and white photo of Tiegan Power with his three children on Mother's Day.
"Happy Mother's Day," he wrote, with the photo caption with an emoji of a bouquet of flowers.
The heartbreaking post comes just a few weeks after the pair announced their split.
Power released a statement on their social media accounts just a few weeks back to announce after 12 years together, they had gone their separate ways.
“At this time, Alex and I are navigating this period of change together privately,” she wrote in an Instagram story.
“Due to our situation being made public without our consent, we are asking for our privacy to please be respected at this time.
“We are together concentrating on protecting our family and children. We have the utmost respect for each other, and are both very grateful for the people, as well as all of the support that we have in our lives!
“We understand the interest, but would really appreciate your understanding and ask you to please respect our wishes at this time.”
McKinnon and Power got engaged only weeks after the former NRL player woke from a coma after a horrific spinal cord injury during a match.
They captured the hearts of the nation when they got married in 2017.
Alex McKinnon shoots down recent NRL controversy
Gus Gould and NSW coach Brad Fittler sparked controversy two weekends ago when they both said Lawton's dangerous spear tackle on Cameron Murray was not a send-off offence.
During commentary, Gould was among the most outspoken critics of the decision to send off the Manly player, arguing that the primetime spectacle was ruined in an incident Murray wasn't injured in.
Gould has copped a lot of push back to his claims, but one of the biggest voices to speak out against him now is McKinnon.
The former Newcastle Knights forward was left wheelchair bound after a horror spear tackle in 2014.
Speaking to the Fox League Podcast, McKinnon made it clear that Lawton's tackle was different to the type that left him in a wheelchair.
However, McKinnon said it's 'crazy' to think such a dangerous tackle shouldn't be stamped out of the game altogether.
“If you sit here now or you sat there watching the game on Friday night and thought that a spinal cord injury could not come from that tackle, and also how close it could come from that tackle, you are crazy," McKinnon said.
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