EXCLUSIVE: Nadia Bartel breaks down after claims her estranged husband Jimmy ‘has been in a long-term relationship with socialite Lauren Mand’ – as it’s revealed she moved in with her parents two months ago
A tearful Nadia Bartel was comforted by her mother and other family members outside her parents’ home on Wednesday, as the emotional strain of her split with husband, AFL star Jimmy, appeared to take its toll.
The mother-of-two broke down following claims the sportsman ‘has been in a long-term relationship with socialite Lauren Mand’.
A source told Daily Mail Australia that Nadia, 34, left her shared home with Jimmy in mid-June, and moved in with her parents permanently in July.
EXCLUSIVE: Nadia Bartel broke down in tears outside her parents’ Melbourne home on Wednesday following her split with husband, AFL star Jimmy Bartel
Hinting the split has been a long time coming, the insider added that Jimmy and Nadia have rarely been seen together over the last year.
‘Last year we saw Nadia at cafes in the area frequently with her parents and kids, but Jimmy was never with her,’ the source claimed.
On Wednesday, the former WAG cried in the arms of her mother outside her parents’ home in inner suburb, Middle Park.
Hard times: Nadia was comforted by her mother and other family members following claims her estranged husband ‘has been in a long-term relationship with socialite Lauren Mand’
Strong bond: Nadia’s mother wrapped her arms around her daughter for a long and emotional embrace
Taking its toll: The emotional strain of her split appears to have taken its toll on the fashion blogger
Nadia’s mum wrapped her arms around the slender blonde for a long and emotional embrace.
Another woman, believed to be Nadia’s sister, also hugged the fashion blogger, while she affectionately held a tiny baby.
On Tuesday, ‘heartbroken’ Nadia broke her silence on her unexpected split from Jimmy, which was first announced last week.
Speaking to the Herald Sun, she said it had been a ‘difficult month’ for her.
Friends of the estranged couple have alleged that Jimmy, since his split, is now in a relationship with Melbourne socialite Lauren, who recently moved to London.
Comfort: At one point Nadia was seen cradling a tiny baby – it was unclear if the child was her son Henley or her sister’s baby
‘Difficult’: On Tuesday, ‘heartbroken’ Nadia broke her silence on her split from Jimmy, which was first announced last week. She told the Herald Sun it’d been a ‘difficult month’ for her
‘Although I’m heartbroken, I don’t want to comment specifically on what’s been reported about Jim’s trip to the UK as I don’t think that is in anyone’s interests,’ Nadia said.
‘My single focus now is to continue to protect, care and provide for my two beautiful boys as this is a personal matter.’
Nadia is believed to have discovered Jimmy’s romance with Lauren through text messages.
Moving on: Friends of the Bartels have alleged that Jimmy is now in a long-term relationship with Lauren Mand (pictured), a British-based Australian socialite
Brutal: Nadia is believed to have discovered Jimmy’s romance with Lauren through text messages
On Friday, the Herald Sun first reported on Jimmy’s relationship with Lauren.
The publication further alleged that Nadia and Jimmy had separated ‘in early July and are not speaking to one another’.
Nadia was said to be ‘blindsided’ by the split.
Nadia and Jimmy first met in 2008 while attending the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix. The former Geelong Cats player proposed four years later in Mexico.
The couple then married in an elaborate wedding on the Bellarine Peninsula in 2014.
They share custody of two sons: three-year-old Aston and nine-month-old Henley.
Nadia and Jimmy share custody of two sons: three-year-old Aston and nine-month-old Henley