Phoebe Burgess appears to be responding to her ex-husband’s revelation that he was unfaithful to her during their wedding on Monday night’s SAS Australia.
Around the time the episode aired, the 32-year-old influencer — who shares daughter Poppy, four, and Billy, two, with Sam — shared a screenshot of a book she was reading titled, “Charmed and Dangerous.” : A woman’s guide to reclaiming a healthy relationship’.
While she didn’t reference Sam or the confession, the timing of the post seemed to correlate with the retired NRL star’s surprise announcement.
Comment: Phoebe Burgess appears to be responding to her ex-husband’s revelation that he was unfaithful to her during their four-year marriage on Monday night’s SAS Australia
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The doting mother also shared a series of photos of her two young children on her Instagram account the same evening.
One was from her daughter Poppy who was taking riding lessons, captioned: “Lessons. Girl and muffin.’
Message: At the same time as the episode aired, the 32-year-old influencer — who shares daughter Poppy, four, and Billy, two, with Sam — shared a screenshot of a book she was reading titled, “Charmed and Dangerous: A woman’s guide to restoring a healthy relationship’
Family: The doting mother also shared a series of photos of her two young children. One was from her daughter Poppy who was taking riding lessons, captioned: “Lessons. Baby girl and muffin,’ while another was a fun activity the kids had participated in
A second showed that she had put miniature animals and hair clips in ice cubes, which she had given to her children as an activity so that they could “break through” and find the prize.
On Monday’s episode of SAS Australia, Sam, 32, former South Sydney Rabbitohs player, confessed to having been unfaithful to Phoebe before and said he knew he had “embarrassed” her during their four-year marriage.
“I don’t think I was the best husband sometimes,” he told the camera. “I embarrassed my wife. I had an affair with a girl, a woman in Melbourne. That’s true.
Breaking his silence: Retired NRL star Sam Burgess couldn’t hide his emotions as he discussed his failed marriage to ex-wife Phoebe during a bombshell interrogation on SAS Australia
“I was on tour and unfortunately that happened. What would’ve been… it would’ve been a tough place for Phoebe to be.”
In 2018, Sam was embroiled in a sexting scandal involving a Melbourne woman who claimed he cheated on his wife the year before.
In the immediate aftermath of the scandal in September 2018, Phoebe, who was then pregnant with her second child, withdrew from a public appearance but publicly supported her husband in the weeks that followed.
However, the couple ended their marriage shortly after Christmas of the same year, three months after he was cleared of any involvement in an NRL ‘sexting’ affair.
Despite a brief reconciliation in early 2019, the couple broke up for good in October of the same year.
The news of the divorce came just days after Sam announced his immediate retirement from all sports leagues on October 30, 2019, due to a shoulder injury.
Sam said he “couldn’t accept” hearing his surgeon’s decision to retire, so he tried to go back and play.
“I was on tour and unfortunately that happened. What would have been… would have been a tough place for Phoebe to be,” he said
“It was a bit of a knife to the heart,” he explained in Monday’s episode. ‘I couldn’t accept it. I knew I couldn’t do my job in two games, so I stopped. It was c*t.’
Chief Instructor Ant Middleton then asked if Sam had then gone on a ‘path of destruction’ after his marriage and the end of his career, to which he replied, ‘I didn’t know how to go about it.
‘I’m not very good at managing emotions. Anything to do with my team, myself, the press – I don’t mind.
“When it got emotional with losing my kids, not seeing my kids every day, breaking up my marriage and that put pressure on my ex-wife… I didn’t like that.
Another loss: The divorce came two days after Sam announced his retirement from all sports leagues with immediate effect on October 30 due to a shoulder injury.
Response: Chief Instructor Ant Middleton then asked if Sam had gone on a ‘path of destruction’ after his marriage and the end of his career, to which he replied: ‘I didn’t know how to manage it’
“I hated that I hurt other people I couldn’t handle.”
He continued: ‘I started drinking and taking drugs – I thought I could handle that. Then it was pulled [up on a] DUI with drugs in my system, which again was all over the press, so I couldn’t see my kids anymore. I just signed up for rehab.’
In May of this year, Sam avoided conviction despite pleading guilty to three driver’s licenses after a February 22 traffic stop where he tested positive for cocaine.
It came two months after Sam’s conviction for intimidating his ex-wife Phoebe’s father Mitchell Hooke in the wake of the couple’s messy breakup was overturned by a judge.
Children: Sam and Phoebe share two children; Poppy, four, and son Billy, two
Sam later said that visiting a four-week rehabilitation center “saved his life” and revealed that he had completely stopped drinking in an attempt to change his path for the better.
After the interrogation, Sam concluded by saying he hoped his time on SAS Australia would help him “look a little deeper into myself.”
“I have this theory of life that it’s peaks and valleys, ups and downs. Sometimes you don’t know when the peaks are at the top and you don’t know how far the valley can go.
“Maybe this could be the start of my climb out of the valley.”
SAS Australia continues on Channel Seven on Tuesday at 7.30pm
Purpose: After the interrogation, Sam concluded by saying he hoped his time on SAS Australia would help him ‘look a little deeper inside myself’