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Karl Ste­fanovic’s ex-wife Cas­san­dra Thor­burn looked stun­ning as she stepped out on the red car­pet in the week their divorce was fi­nalised.

It’s the first time jour­nal­ist Cass has at­tended a celebrity event since the cou­ple’s shock split in Septem­ber last year, and she was ea­ger to cel­e­brate her new-found free­dom.

The 44-year-old told friends her divorce from the To­day star was due to be fi­nalised last week and she was de­lighted the long or­deal was over at last.

Cer­tainly, the mother-ofthree looked ra­di­ant, pos­ing for pho­tog­ra­phers in a stylish pink dress at the Women Of The Fu­ture Awards in Syd­ney last Wed­nes­day – although she was care­ful to avoid her for­mer friend and Karl’s co-host Lisa Wilkin­son.

‘Cassie just wants to move on with her life now the divorce is fi­nalised,’ a source told New Idea. ‘She has a new home and is fo­cused on mak­ing the chil­dren as happy and set­tled as pos­si­ble.’

Be­fore they split, Cass and Karl put a 10 per cent de­posit on an eight-mil­lion-dol­lar Syd­ney water­front man­sion in leafy Cre­morne. But she and the chil­dren – Jack­son, 17, Ava, 12, and River, 10 – moved into it in June, with­out the break­fast TV pre­sen­ter.

‘It’s been a dif­fi­cult time for her, with Karl’s new ro­mance mak­ing head­lines,’ a friend said.

Since the sep­a­ra­tion, 43-yearold Karl’s pub­lic dis­plays of af­fec­tion with his new girl­friend, model and shoe de­signer Jas­mine Yar­brough, 33, have of­ten made news. His ca­reer has been tak­ing off too, with top ratings for his new show This Time Next Year.

‘No woman likes to see her ex mov­ing on so pub­licly with a younger model,’ the source says.

‘But she hasn’t be­come bit­ter, although Karl’s fam­ily and col­leagues – peo­ple she counted as friends – have more or less aban­doned her. Cass is get­ting on with things.’

Happy, sin­gle and lov­ing her new free­dom

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