Feel­ing the strain

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

She walked away from their mar­riage amid ru­mours her hus­band Jef­frey Sof­fer had been se­cretly woo­ing other women.

But now Elle Macpher­son has been hit with an­other bomb­shell – she may end up with noth­ing from her di­vorce set­tle­ment to the bil­lion­aire de­vel­oper!

The model, 53 – who split from Jeff in June – was spot­ted last week looking down­cast, drawn and wor­ry­ingly thin as she met her son Aure­lius, 14, for lunch in New York.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, Jeff, 47, has been brag­ging to pals he and Elle were never tech­ni­cally mar­ried fol­low­ing their 2013 wed­ding cer­e­mony in Fiji – mean­ing she will re­ceive noth­ing from their set­tle­ment. So it’s lit­tle won­der Elle has been feel­ing the strain!

At the time of their split, it was ru­moured Elle had walked away from the di­vorce with a $26 mil­lion man­sion, plus an ad­di­tional $53 mil­lion.

To date, there are no records of a Sof­fer­Macpher­son di­vorce in Florida. And ac­cord­ing to the Fi­jian em­bassy in Wash­ing­ton, DC, “Over­seas vis­i­tors in­tend­ing to get mar­ried in Fiji are re­quired by law to ob­tain and sign a mar­riage li­cence of their choice from the near­est mar­riage reg­istry prior to the mar­riage cer­e­mony.”

Fiji also has its own rules over who can per­form a wed­ding.

Given the lack of de­tails re­leased about the nup­tials over the years – in­clud­ing who mar­ried the pair at the time – it’s un­sur­pris­ing those close to Elle are wor­ried about how she’ll cope if the rev­e­la­tion is true.

In­deed, last month the Aussie hinted she was strug­gling to deal with the fall­out from the di­vorce by post­ing on In­sta­gram, “So far you’ve sur­vived 100 per cent of your worst days. You’re do­ing great.”

She also up­loaded a cryp­tic quote from au­thor Mark Twain. It said, “The two most im­por­tant days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

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