The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Stellar - - Contents -

I first met Karl Ste­fanovic three years ago this month. It was a brief yet friendly ex­change on the set of the To­day show as I took my seat op­po­site him dur­ing a com­mer­cial break in prepa­ra­tion to talk live on air about the big­gest news sto­ries of the day. Lit­tle would ei­ther of us have guessed that within a few years, there would be many times when Ste­fanovic would find him­self at the cen­tre of the big­gest news story on any given day. But his sep­a­ra­tion from wife Cas­san­dra Thor­burn has made him one of the most talked-about peo­ple in the coun­try – not to men­tion the pa­parazzi’s favourite tar­get. Af­ter months of spec­u­la­tion, ru­mours and in­nu­endo, Ste­fanovic sat down with me for to­day’s cover story to dis­cuss the events of the past year for the first time. It’s a can­did and raw con­ver­sa­tion that un­cov­ers a self-re­flec­tive and thought­ful man de­ter­mined to learn from mis­takes of the past – and re­veals a very dif­fer­ent side to some­one once famed for his lar­rikin per­sona. Sar­rah

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