An emotional Erin Molan has opened up on the challenges around sharing custody of her young daughter, following recent news of her split from partner, Sean Ogilvy.
The Channel Nine sports presenter announced last month that she had split from her long-term partner and father of the couple's only child.
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The popular TV and radio host had been engaged to homicide detective Ogilvy since 2017, with the couple welcoming Eliza together in 2018.
However, Molan confirmed the sad split after months of rumours about the relationship, in a since-deleted post on social media.
“Some personal news. Sean and I have separated,” Molan posted on Instagram.
"We are entirely committed to co-parenting our three-year-old daughter, who is the most important person in the world to both of us.
“Any breakdown of a family unit is incredibly difficult and we ask for privacy at this time – especially given the private approach that we have taken to our relationship."
After initially saying she wouldn't be commenting further on the split, and asking for the public to respect the family's privacy, Molan has now provided more details on just how hard the adjustment has been.
While Molan is grateful that her daughter has two loving parents who would do anything for her, she says not being able to see Eliza every day is the hardest part about the breakup.
“It’s certainly an adjustment. You go from being with the most important person in your life 24/7 to then having to share your child and that’s really, really tough," Molan told 9 Honey.
“But we’re both really blessed in that she is our priority and always will be and whatever is best for her, we do. And that is something I never have to worry about and something he never has to worry about.”
Daughter's wellbeing the top priority for Erin Molan
The 39-year-old said she didn't think she'd "ever get used to not having her (Eliza) with me every night" but conceded that it was equally as hard for her ex.
“But I know wherever she is, with me or with Sean, she is so loved and adored, more than life itself and that’s all I care about.”
Molan says the isolation and loneliness of lockdown in Sydney has only exacerbated the situation on nights when her daughter has been away.
“I have a very, very extensive camera roll on my phone of videos and pictures so at the moment I basically watch videos of her which is probably not healthy,” Molan told 9 Honey.
“As things open up and I can start to do things, a few other mums gave me advice when it first happened that on the nights you don’t have her, you’ve got to go do something, have to go to dinner, have to have a drink, have to do something. You can’t just sit there."
Molan and Ogilvy welcomed Eliza in June of 2018.
News of the breakup between the pair follows a tumultuous year for Molan, who has been locked in a defamation battle with Daily Mail Australia over one article and two tweets in June 2020 that refer to her saying "hooka looka mooka hooka fooka" on air in May 2020.
There is also speculation Molan could make way in a number of sweeping changes at Channel Nine, with her contract set to run out later in the year.
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