Shaynna’s girl squad to the res­cue!

The Block judge is get­ting by with a lit­tle help from her friends

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Reality Update -

Throw­ing her head back and laugh­ing, it’s clear that her messy break-up from per­sonal trainer Steve Vaughan is fi­nally fad­ing from Shaynna Blaze’s mind.

De­spite The Block judge’s heartache at dis­cov­er­ing her hubby of 18 years has al­ready found ro­mance with his long-time client Andi Hall, Wo­man’s Day’s ex­clu­sive pictures show Shaynna is also mov­ing on – with a lit­tle help from her friends.

“Shaynna has sur­rounded her­self with a group of ex­tremely sup­port­ive women,” a source close to the lead­ing in­te­rior de­signer tells us.

“Her friends make sure she’s never alone and al­ways has a shoul­der to cry on – though, she’s need­ing the shoul­ders less and less.”

In­deed, Shaynna, 55, was snapped out en­joy­ing a sunny Sun­day brunch at Hawthorn’s Blood Or­ange cafe in her na­tive Mel­bourne re­cently, with an in­sider re­veal­ing her two girl­friends had stayed the night at the 1880s ter­race she’d ren­o­vated with Steve.

As Wo­man’s Day re­ported last week, the es­tranged pair con­tinue to share their prop­erty. De­spite be­ing seen out and about with Andi, Steve lives in the lower level of their home where he runs his My Fit­ness Jour­ney per­sonal train­ing busi­ness.

Mean­while, the pop­u­lar Sell­ing Houses Aus­tralia star has her trusted besties at her side.

“No matter what you go through, your girls will be there through the highs and lows,” says Shaynna.

“That’s why girl time and nur­tur­ing those re­la­tion­ships is so im­por­tant.”

De­bra Lawrance lets out a laugh as she sheep­ishly ad­mits a re­cent ro­man­tic break in Noosa is the first hol­i­day she and hus­band Den­nis Coard have taken alone since their daugh­ter ar­rived 26 years ago.

“It’s the hon­ey­moon we never had,” says the ac­tress who played Pippa Ross on Home And Away, ex­plain­ing they never had one af­ter their wed­ding as they had to be on set the next day.

The de­voted cou­ple, who played hus­band and wife on the show, have fi­nally taken their long-awaited hon­ey­moon, leav­ing daugh­ter Grace, 26 and son Wil­liam, 19, at home.

“We didn’t want to be away from them grow­ing up,” Deb,

61, tells Wo­man’s Day. “Our ex­pres­sion of our re­la­tion­ship is as par­ents to our kids – but not in a bad way, we’re just a fam­ily.”


Den­nis, 67, agrees. “We didn’t have to have ro­man­tic walks on Fi­jian beaches to feel good with each other, what ful­filled us was be­ing good par­ents. We love be­ing par­ents and we love see­ing who our chil­dren have be­come.”

The fam­ily usu­ally spend their free time to­gether. “We have hol­i­days but it’s al­ways with the kids,” ex­plains De­bra, who’s in the stage pro­duc­tion of Harry Pot­ter And The Cursed Child. “If I’ve been away on tour, the fam­ily have come to me, and the same when Den­nis is work­ing.

“Ev­ery sum­mer we used to go to Ade­laide where Den’s fam­ily live and that would be our beach­side hol­i­day. And we’re trag­ics for the snow so we go to New Zealand an­nu­ally to ski, again as a fam­ily! We just want to be with them – and they think we’re funny, so that’s good!”

For the cou­ple, who met on Home And Away play­ing foster par­ents Pippa and Michael, their chil­dren are and al­ways will be ev­ery­thing to them.

“I was 33 and Den­nis was 39 when we met,” De­bra re­calls. “I was ready to have a child but I al­ways say he didn’t pro­pose, he agreed to have chil­dren with me, which was all I wanted to hear. I was look­ing for the fa­ther of my chil­dren in­stead of Mr Right and I got both! He’s a bril­liant fa­ther, he makes me laugh and he’s the kind­est per­son I’ve ever met. Which is a win-win!”

Af­ter hav­ing Grace, the pair strug­gled to have a sec­ond child, be­fore Wil­liam was born seven years later.


“By the time we got Wil­liam he was so pre­cious be­cause we’d lost four ba­bies be­fore him, in­clud­ing twin girls at 18 weeks,” De­bra whis­pers. “Then when we got Wil­liam, we re­alised he was the one we were wait­ing for all along.”

It’s lit­tle won­der then that the cou­ple waited so long for a hon­ey­moon. And Noosa turned out to be the per­fect place.

“It’s be­yond per­fect,” says De­bra from their On The Beach apart­ment. “Den­nis and I have done a cou­ple of bush­walks be­cause we’re keen bird­watch­ers. We saw a span­gled drongo and a bit­tern – and they’re en­dan­gered.

“It’s sort of em­blem­atic of our re­la­tion­ship – the things we share are ful­fill­ing to us, we don’t have to go far to find joy in each other’s com­pany.” Den­nis couldn’t agree more. “We don’t go out to eat, ei­ther – De­bra is a great cook. We’re home­bod­ies!” he laughs.

“We al­ready live in a hol­i­day,” De­bra in­ter­rupts. “We live in [ Vic­to­ria’s] Yarra Val­ley, so we’re in­cred­i­bly blessed!”

Which leads to our fi­nal ques­tion – is life for this cou­ple and their beloved chil­dren bet­ter at home or away?

“Ha-ha,” gig­gles De­bra. “I think it’s both – home and away!”

“It’s great see her bounc­ing back,” says an in­sider. The in­te­rior de­signer is all smiles as she greets her friends.

Home And Away The pair played foster par­ents Pippa and Michael. De­bra and Den­nis make the most of their first time alone – in Noosa.

Fam­ily ties Chil­dren Grace and Wil­liam bring them the great­est joy.‘We don’t have to go far to find joy in each other’s com­pany’…like walk­ing hand-in­hand along the beach. It’s sim­ple things that make the cou­ple so happy…

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