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Jimmy Bartel is all smiles as he arrives to take part in Legends Game

Back to business! Former AFL player Jimmy Bartel goes without his wedding ring as he takes part in the 2019 EJ Whitten Legends Game

His private life may be under scrutiny. 

But Jimmy Bartel appeared to be all smiles when he arrived at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Friday.

The 35-year sports star was there to take part in the 2019 EJ Whitten Legends Game between Victoria and the All-Stars. 

Back to business! Former AFL player Jimmy Bartel (pictured) took part in the 2019 EJ Whitten Legends Game on Friday, but left his wedding ring at home

Back to business! Former AFL player Jimmy Bartel (pictured) took part in the 2019 EJ Whitten Legends Game on Friday, but left his wedding ring at home 

The former AFL player, who announced his split with wife Nadia Bartel on August 15, proudly wore a navy zip up and black skinny jeans as he stepped off the team bus.

His tracksuit top was emblazoned with the EJ Whitten Legends Game logo and a fast food sponsor. 

Jimmy’s face was freshly clean shaven, and his dark brown hair was moderately styled. 

Back to business: Former AFL player Jimmy Bartel (pictured) was all smiles as he arrived to take part in the 2019 EJ Whitten Legends Game at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Friday

Back to business: Former AFL player Jimmy Bartel (pictured) was all smiles as he arrived to take part in the 2019 EJ Whitten Legends Game at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Friday 

All style: Jimmy's face was freshly clean shaven, and his dark brown hair was moderately styled

All style: Jimmy’s face was freshly clean shaven, and his dark brown hair was moderately styled

Still smiling: The former Geelong Cats player was seen grinning as he met several other familiar AFL legends

Still smiling: The former Geelong Cats player was seen grinning as he met several other familiar AFL legends

The former Geelong Cats player, who is said to be in a rumoured ‘long-term relationship’ with Lauren Mand, was seen grinning as he met several familiar faces.

He looked like he didn’t have a care in the world as he carried a black sports carry-all full of personal items and was ready to take part in the game. 

Even though Jimmy has had a rough trot of late, he still managed to have a twinkle in his eye. 

Back in black: Jimmy looked every bit the athlete when he stepped out onto the field in a black pair of footy shorts

Back in black: Jimmy looked every bit the athlete when he stepped out onto the field in a black pair of footy shorts

Cheerful fella: He was all smiles at AAMI Park in Melbourne as he took to the field

Cheerful fella: He was all smiles at AAMI Park in Melbourne as he took to the field 

He's still got it: The AFL star showed off his chops as a former footy player

He’s still got it: The AFL star showed off his chops as a former footy player 

Jimmy looked every bit the athlete when he stepped out onto the field in a pair of black footy shorts.  

He took the public appearance in his stride as he faced the packed stadium and got down to business. 

When he raised his hands to signal a goal, his wedding ring was noticeably absent, as it was throughout the game. 

Ring free: When he raised his hands to signal a goal, his wedding ring was noticeably absent, as it was throughout the game

Ring free: When he raised his hands to signal a goal, his wedding ring was noticeably absent, as it was throughout the game

Just bro things: Cameron Ling enjoyed a matey hug with his old pal on the field

Just bro things: Cameron Ling enjoyed a matey hug with his old pal on the field 

The Bartels, who were long considered one of the AFL’s ‘glamour couples’, quietly separated months ago, but their split wasn’t announced until August 15.

Meanwhile, Nadia is said to be ‘bracing herself’ for more details of her husband’s private life to be made public in the coming weeks. 

Announcing her split for the first time earlier this month, Nadia said: ‘It’s been a very difficult month for me and the boys.

‘My single focus now is to continue to protect, care and provide for my two beautiful boys as this is a personal matter.’

Over: The Bartels, who were long considered one of the AFL's 'glamour couples', quietly separated months ago, but their split wasn't announced until August 15. Left: Nadia Bartel

Over: The Bartels, who were long considered one of the AFL’s ‘glamour couples’, quietly separated months ago, but their split wasn’t announced until August 15. Left: Nadia Bartel

 

 

Daily Mail UK

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