Alex Fevola has opened up on the distress she felt after finding out her ex-husband Brendan Fevola was having an affair with Lara Worthington (nee Bingle) in 2007.
In a new book Silver Linings, the makeup artist and photographer details the suspicions she had – and the moment those suspicions were confirmed.
She writes that she “just knew” something was going on with her AFL-playing husband and Lara, who is not referred to by name in the book but rather described as a “young blonde model”.
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“I felt a twinge of doubt,” she writes.
“It was at that moment my heart sank. I felt sick.
“I felt insane even saying it but I knew it was true.
“I don’t know how, I just did.”
Alex said she knew something was amiss when Brendan did not mention Lara’s appearance on The Footy Show, because he usually talked to her about all the show’s guests.
“It all made sense; the underlying self-doubt I’d been feeling, the distance,” she writes.
“In a split-second the dread set in, that horrible gut-wrenching feeling knowing my life was about to become very complicated.”
Alex eventually found a voice message from the model on her husband’s phone and decided to confront the model, who is now married to actor Sam Worthington.
“I said, ‘It’s Alex Fevola, Brendan’s wife. Why are you doing this?’,” Alex recounts in the book.
“She was silent. I asked again, ‘How could you do this? You know he’s married and we’ve just had a baby.’
“There was a pause and she hung up.”
Lara broke her silence with an interview for The Daily Telegraph in 2009, denying she was a “home-wrecker”.
She admitted she had been involved with Brendan, but said she didn’t know he was married with children and immediately ended the affair when she found out.
Only 19 at the time, Lara said she and Brendan had met up a few times after she appeared on The Footy Show.
“We met in Melbourne and then hung out in Sydney when he came up for a couple of days and that was all there was to it,’‘ she told the Telegraph after news broke of the affair.
“I’m only 19. I was young and single and I thought I had met a guy who was really nice.’‘
She said she realised he had children only after hearing a baby crying in the background while she was talking to him on the phone.
Alex and Brendan Fevola married in 2005 and divorced in 2014, but then rekindled their relationship.
They are still together and share three daughters Leni, 15, Lulu, 11, and Tobi, three.
Brendan is also stepfather to Alex’s 22-year-old daughter Mia.
Lara went on to date cricketer Michael Clarke before marrying Sam Worthington in 2014.