They were once Australia’s golden NRL couple, envied for their flawless looks and luxurious lifestyle.
But behind closed doors, Sam and Phoebe Burgess’ marriage was a time bomb waiting to explode.
On Monday’s episode of SAS Australia, retired footy star Sam, 32, put the lid on his four-year marriage to Phoebe, 32, and sensationally admitted that he cheated on the ex-WAG with a ‘girl in Melbourne’ during his playing days .
Inside the demise of NRL’s golden couple: how Sam and Phoebe Burgess’ marriage survived an affair and a ‘sexting scandal’ – before their split weeks after welcoming a baby boy Pictured together on 11 February 2016 in Sydney
Though it was Sam’s first time admitting to the affair, rumors have long circulated that the Burgess’ marriage had broken up prior to their breakup in 2019.
Sam and Phoebe met in January 2014 at an Avicii concert in Sydney.
They kept their fledgling relationship a secret for eight months before making their debut as a couple at the Dally M Awards in Sydney in September of that year.
Breaking his silence: Sam, 32, discussed his failed marriage to ex-wife Phoebe, 32, during a bombshell interrogation on SAS Australia on Monday, and admitted to cheating on her with a ‘girl in Melbourne’
Their relationship progressed quickly and just a month later, in October 2014, Phoebe moved to England to support her boyfriend after signing with a rugby team in Bath, Somerset.
In June 2015, they got engaged after a romantic vacation in Greece.
The couple returned to Sydney in November 2015, after Sam re-signed with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, and they married a month later in December 2015 at Phoebe’s parents’ home in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.
Fairytale romance: Sam and Phoebe met at an Avicii concert in Sydney in January 2014
In January 2017, the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Poppy Alice.
Their second child, son William ‘Billy’ Mark, was born in 2018.
But despite what should have been one of the happiest times of their lives, a few rough months clearly took their toll on the couple.
Wedding Bells: They married in December 2015 at Phoebe’s parents’ home in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales
Sam and Phoebe kicked off 2018 with what seemed like a fairytale wedding.
In an interview in May 2018 with Stellar Magazine, Phoebe praised her husband and simply called him “a good man.”
In September, however, Sam became embroiled in a sexting scandal involving a Melbourne woman who claimed he cheated on his wife with her in 2017.
Love at first sight! Secret romance: They kept their fledgling relationship a secret for eight months before making their debut as a couple at the Dally M Awards in Sydney in September of that year. In the picture with daughter Poppy, four
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 continued to support her husband in the weeks that followed.
Sam was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing after an NRL investigation.
Speaking at a press conference at the time, the former South Sydney Rabbitohs player admitted the allegations against him had taken their toll on his family.
Making a move: Their relationship progressed quickly, with Phoebe moving to England to support her boyfriend after signing with a rugby team in Bath, Somerset in late 2014
Scandal: In September 2018, Sam was embroiled in a sexting scandal involving a Melbourne woman who claimed he cheated on his wife with her the year before.
‘I am not angry. What hurts me the most is to see my wife upset about what’s out there,” he said at the time.
However, the couple ended their marriage shortly after Christmas in 2018, just a few months after the birth of their son Billy.
The news of the divorce also came just days after Sam announced that he would retire from rugby league with immediate effect on October 30, 2019 due to a shoulder injury.
Rough patch: At a press conference following his September 2018 sexting scandal, Sam confessed that the charges against him had taken a toll on his family
Divorce: The couple finally split in December 2018, just a few months after the birth of their son Billy, two (front photo)
Split: The couple had reconciled in April 2019, but six months later the affair ended for good
In April 2019, the couple had reconciled, only to end for good six months later.
Speaking to the SAS Australia premiere on Monday night, Sam confessed that he had previously been unfaithful to Phoebe, adding that 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.
“I was on tour and unfortunately that happened. What would’ve been… it would’ve been a tough place for Phoebe to be.”
‘I don’t think I’ve been the best husband at times’: During Monday night’s SAS Australia premiere, Sam confessed to having been unfaithful to Phoebe before, adding that he knew he had ’embarrassed her during their four-year marriage. ‘