Woman’s Day (NZ) - - Reality Bites -

Since putting their trou­bled re­la­tion­ship to the test on TheLastRe­sort, Gold Coast cou­ple Jodie and Stu have struck a chord with view­ers.

Af­ter eight years of what Jodie, 34, de­scribes as a “fairy­tale” mar­riage, and the birth of their two beau­ti­ful lit­tle girls, tragedy struck when Stu, 39, was in­volved in a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent in 2015.

It left him bedrid­den for a year and suf­fer­ing from post­trau­matic stress dis­or­der, and trig­gered the cou­ple’s “sex­less mar­riage” – which led Jodie to sign up for the Three show.

“When the ac­ci­dent hap­pened, I had a five-week-old baby, as well as my first-born,” tells Jodie. “I had a lot on my shoul­ders and it was a re­ally hard year.year.”

Now Woman’sDay can re­veal the duo have ex­pe­ri­enced even more heart­break – Stu’s re­gret at be­ing un­able to bond with his youngest daugh­ter, now two, af­ter her birth.

“I was heav­ily med­i­cated so I pretty much missed those first two years of her life,” tells Stu. “It was heart­break­ing. Be­fore the ac­ci­dent, I loved life and didn’t have a care in the world. But I did a 180-de­gree turn. It broke me to the point that do­ing nor­mal, ev­ery­day things like wak­ing up and go­ing to work was dif­fi­cult. It was re­ally tough.”

While the pair can’t con­firm if their mar­riage has been saved thanks to their time on the show just yet, what’s clear is that Stu is in a far bet­ter place than he was a few years ago. “Our el­dest daugh­ter no­ticed a sig­nif­i­cant change in Stu when he came back,” tells Jodie. “She just looked at him and said, ‘Daddy, you look dif­fer­ent. You look happy.’ It was so amaz­ing.”

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