Inside the ‘secret feud’ tearing the cricket WAGs apart: Steve Smith’s wife Dani Willis is ‘very icy’ with Nathan Lyon’s girlfriend and remains ‘a loyal friend’ to his ex-partner Mel Waring
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Nathan Lyon abruptly split with his long-term partner Mel Waring in late 2017, shortly before his relationship with new girlfriend Emma McCarthy was exposed.
And according a new report, fellow cricketer Steve Smith’s wife Dani Willis is refusing to accept the relationship two years on and remains ‘very loyal’ to Mel.
Nathan and Mel’s bitter separation continues to cause problems for the close-knit cricket WAG community, partly because Dani has ‘been very icy with Emma’.
Inside the ‘secret feud’ tearing the cricket WAGs apart: Steve Smith’s wife Dani Willis (right) is ‘very icy’ with Nathan Lyon’s girlfriend and remains ‘a loyal friend’ to his ex-partner Mel Waring
‘Dani is a very loyal friend and it’s no secret she’s been very icy with Emma,’ a source told Woman’s Day on Monday.
‘Dani knows how bitter the split is and how devastated Mel was when she found out about the affair, so she doesn’t have anytime for Emma,’ they added.
‘It’s caused a real division among the girls. I can’t see Dani ever becoming friends with Emma.’
New love: Nathan’s (right) relationship with Emma (left) was exposed in late 2017, shortly after he announced his separation from long-term partner Mel
In 2017, Nathan and Mel, who share custody of two young daughters, separated after dating for almost a decade.
The split shocked the cricket world and it wasn’t long before Nathan’s new relationship with Emma was splashed across the tabloids.
At the time, friends confirmed that Nathan had left Mel and was ‘very much in love’ with the blonde real estate agent.
Friendship: Dani (right) is reportedly a ‘very loyal friend’ to Mel (left) and has made no secret of the fact she doesn’t like Emma
The cricketer’s relationship with Emma soon became serious and the pair have since enjoyed several romantic getaways in Australia and abroad.
Emma has documented their trips via Instagram, sharing envy-inducing snaps from destinations such as Greece, France and South Africa.
Last year, Mel wrote candidly about her marriage breakdown in her personal blog.
‘I wasn’t sure what being really alone would feel like, being shut out from him,’ she wrote. ‘Since saying goodbye it hadn’t really hit me. We have lived a life where he has constantly travelled, cricket was life and touring was a given.
‘Daddy’s at cricket, it’s easy to forget. Today has been different, I have been strong, I have been brave but today I feel weak, I feel small and I feel alone.’
It’s over: Nathan (left) and Dani (right), who share custody of two young daughters, separated in late 2017 after dating for almost a decade