JACKIE O & BEAU RYAN
Just days after Jackie O announced her separation from husband Lee Henderson, it seems the radio host has found comfort in the arms of another man – former rugby league star Beau Ryan.
According to insiders, Jackie and Beau have known each other for years but their friendship grew even closer as Jackie’s 15-year marriage began to fall apart.
“Beau makes Jac laugh like no-one else,” reveals the source.
“They have the same sense of humour and he has been a breath of fresh air for her during this difficult time in her life.”
In fact, the pair have spent a lot of time together this year with Beau, 33, often stepping in to cover for Kyle Sandilands on KIIS FM’S high-rated Kyle & Jackie O show when needed.
“Loved having you fill in for Kyle,” Jackie captioned a snap of the duo on Instagram in September, to which Beau commented: “Love you @jackieo_official and Kyle too.”
And the duo’s on-air chemistry hasn’t gone unnoticed by listeners. “What a great couple,”
one fan proclaimed on Instagram.
Meanwhile, another said: “Great duo.”
Last week, Jackie took to the airwaves to reveal she had split from Lee and had moved out of the family home.
“We’ve been separated for quite some time,” the 43-year-old shared, adding the couple’s main priority is their 7-year-old daughter Kitty.
“Our focus for this next chapter is, of course, our wonderful daughter and continuing to provide her love and happiness, together.”
New Idea understands Beau, who shares two children with wife Kara, has been a source of support for Jackie over the last couple of months and has helped her through the tough times.
“Beau knows what it’s like to have your relationship scrutinised by the public,” the insider explains.
“He has been there before and he also knows how important it is to have good friends by your side throughout it all and that’s exactly what he has been to Jac.”
Jackie with husband Lee and the couple’s 7-year-old daughter Kitty.
“So proud of this guy and all the good work he does,” Jackie captioned this snap of her with Beau on Instagram.