Former Wallabies star Matt To’omua has opened up about his painful divorce from ex-wife and Aussie cricket superstar, Ellyse Perry.
To’omua and Perry were one of Australia's most popular sporting power couples after tying the knot in 2015.
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However, the couple's five-year marriage ended in 2020 after they released a joint statement to confirm the unfortunate news.
“It’s with the greatest of respect for one another that we decided to separate earlier this year,” the pair confirmed on social media at the time.
“We felt this was the right course of action and is in the best interests of each other and our current lives. This is something that has evolved and is a mutual decision.
“Throughout our relationship we have remained private and we ask that our space and privacy continue to be respected during this difficult time for both of us.”
In a sad new admission from To’omua, the 59-Test rugby star says it was a 'brutal' split from Perry, whom he hasn't spoken to in more than a year.
“It was tough,” To’omua told The Sydney Morning Herald. “Not fun. Not fun at all. It sucked.
“You can see why it breaks people. I’m very lucky that I’ve found someone now who’s amazing, but at the time, it was brutal.
“I’m very fortunate that we had no kids and, of the divorces, it was a good one in the sense of the separation of those things. The one unique thing being it was public. Getting sprayed while I’m goal-kicking or getting abused on some social media platform isn’t great, but they’re minor things.”
Former sporting power couple split after five-year marriage
To’omua has moved on and is now engaged to forensic psychologist Naomi Cameron, who he met in 2020.
Perry, meanwhile, has been romantically linked with AFL star Nat Fyfe after being pictured in the sheds with the Fremantle Dockers player last year.
The cricket superstar could be seen in the background as the Dockers celebrated their 62-point win over Hawthorn in Fyfe's 200th game.
Perry appeared to be standing with Fyfe's family and friends after they were invited into the sheds to celebrate his milestone.
In June last year, To’omua and Perry sold their marital home in the Sydney suburb of Chatswood for an eye-watering $2.7 million.
The couple had originally purchased the 1920s Californian-style bungalow for $1,737,000 in 2014.
The home had a modern extension behind a traditional Californian facade, helping it fetch well above the median house price in Chatswood of $2.5 million.
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