Former NRL star Alex McKinnon and his wife, Teigan, are said to have quietly separated earlier this year.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the couple amicably called it quits back in January after five years of marriage and three daughters: Harriet, three, and twins Audrey and Violet, one.
It comes after some fans observed Alex’s absence in Teigan’s social media posts recently, with the mum-of-three also no longer wearing her wedding ring.
The outlet reports that “the stress” of a young family took “its toll on the pair” but “there is no ill will” between them. Although Alex declined to comment, he did tell the SMH he would do so at a later time.
“Alex has strong family support and he will ensure Teigan has all of his,” the paper reported, adding that the couple are committed to co-parenting their children while remaining friends.
Indeed, yesterday before their split was made public, the couple put on a united front at they celebrated their twins’ first birthday.
The couple had been together for a total of 12 years and were each other’s high school sweethearts. They have been by each other’s side ever since, and Teigan showed her ultimate support when the NRL player was involved in a life-changing tackle in 2014 that left him with spinal injuries and confined him to a wheelchair.
“They told us he’d never walk again, he may never breathe on his own and he’ll be in a wheelchair. That was really hard,” she said at the time.
But despite numerous setbacks, Alex preserved and even stood up on his feet to exchange vows with his bride at their wedding in the Hunter Valley in 2017.
“I was pretty shocked to tell you the truth. I couldn’t believe Alex stood for all that time,’ Teigan New Idea after the nuptials. “It was lovely to be able to look him in the eye, rather than looking down at him in his wheelchair. It just made the ceremony that much more intimate. We started crying every time we caught each other’s eye. It was beautiful.”
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