Alex McKinnon has opened up about how his relationship with ex-wife Teigan Power has evolved since their split, revealing they are still great friends and are doing their best to raise their children together. McKinnon and Power announced in April last year that their relationship was over after 12 years together.
McKinnon and Power were engaged just weeks after he woke from a coma after suffering a spinal injury while playing for Newcastle against Melbourne in 2014 that left him paralysed. The couple were married in 2017 and have three kids together - Harriet and twin girls Audrey and Violet.
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But things turned sour in 2022 when McKinnon and Power split, with the struggles of raising a young family taking their toll. McKinnon has now opened up about his relationship with Power and lifted the lid on the situation 12 months on.
“We are still really close,” McKinnon told News Corp. “Being a parent is such an important job and having a strong relationship with their mum is just as important.
"We are still good friends, we both realise we are role models for the kids and we need to show them that being supportive of each other is the only way to be. We will always be close, we have three daughters together for the rest of our lives.”
Alex McKinnon's NRL career cut short in 2014
McKinnon was left a quadriplegic in 2014 when he suffered spinal injuries in a tackle gone wrong. He played 46 NRL games for the Knights, as well as three for the St George Illawarra Dragons before joining Newcastle, before his career was tragically cut short.
McKinnon has since worked in a recruitment role for the Knights and as an analyst on Fox Sports. The 31-year-old proposed to Power from his hospital bed before rising from his wheelchair at their wedding in 2017.
“We are together concentrating on protecting our family and children," Power said last year in confirming the separation. "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."
Speaking in 2021 after the birth of their twins, McKinnon said: “Teigan was her typical brilliant self - brave, strong and just amazing. It’s just so special and again I’m so thankful that Teigan and the girls are all doing so well.
"We're extremely grateful - with a million different emotions. I'm still trying to get my head around all that stuff like two baby seats, two cots, two high chairs… it's amazing how the rollercoaster of life works. I'm an only child and so we always wanted a big family. I guess we've got our wish, that's for sure."
McKinnon also paid a touching tribute to Power in May last year for Mother's Day - one month after their split was made public.
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