MOD­ERN FAM­ILY

Lindy Klim and hus­band Adam El­lis sit down with Stel­lar to dis­cuss rac­ing, re­la­tion­ships – and rais­ing their chil­dren

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Kids re­ally do say the darn­d­est things – just ask Adam El­lis, hus­band to Lindy Klim. And some­times they won’t say the darn­d­est things – such as “Dad”. The Bri­tish prop­erty de­vel­oper laughs as he recounts how the cou­ple’s al­most twoyear-old daugh­ter Goldie tends to im­i­tate her half-sib­lings, whom Klim shares with for­mer Olympic swim­mer Michael Klim. “The kids all ob­vi­ously call Michael ‘Daddy’, so when Goldie first started speak­ing she used to call him that too, and call me Adam,” the 43-year-old tells Stel­lar. “I said, ‘no, no’ and got her to call him ‘Un­cle Daddy’ and then I fi­nally be­came ‘Daddy’.”

“Michael adores Goldie,” adds Klim, 41, with a smile. “She’s very calm when she’s with him. She will sit on his knee and eat food and he will feed her. It’s just sort of one big nice fam­ily.”

While the Klim-el­lis clan is now a tight unit that could be the poster child for a thor­oughly mod­ern fam­ily, this hasn’t al­ways been the case. Klim ad­mits her re­la­tion­ship with Michael – they sep­a­rated in Fe­bru­ary 2016 and Klim mar­ried El­lis in Au­gust last year – took some time to evolve into the friend­ship they now have.

“The re­la­tion­ship Michael and I have is in­cred­i­ble. We have been able to come through such a dif­fi­cult time, and that’s not to say I am go­ing to sug­ar­coat it – we are al­ways go­ing to have dif­fi­cult mo­ments that come up, but at least we can speak about it as adults and we can just not have the anger be­hind it any­more,” says Klim frankly. “We can have this open dia­logue with the chil­dren, which is just so much eas­ier. I un­der­stand that is not re­al­is­tic for a lot of peo­ple, but it did take us four years to get to this point.”

The model-turned-busi­ness­woman, who grew up with a step­dad and never got a chance to know her father, would like things to be dif­fer­ent for the three kids – Stella, 13, Rocco, 11, and Frankie, eight – she is co-par­ent­ing with her ex-hus­band. “We prob­a­bly see Michael ev­ery day. He is ei­ther at our house for din­ner or we are at his. For the kids to see us all sit­ting around the ta­ble get­ting on, it’s such a beau­ti­ful thing.”

El­lis agrees. “Com­pared to how it could have gone so wrong, it’s in­cred­i­ble. And now me and Michael are friends. We like to hang out, go to the gym to­gether… it’s bizarre even to us,”

“For the kids to see us all sit­ting around the ta­ble get­ting on, it’s such a beau­ti­ful thing”

he says, chuck­ling. “But now we are in it, we are so ap­pre­cia­tive be­cause it’s so much bet­ter than any other al­ter­na­tive.”

The fam­ily has lived in Bali, where Klim was born, for the past eight years – as does Michael. While they cur­rently don’t have any plans to re­turn to Aus­tralia to live (it is not ruled out in the long run), there are cer­tain things they miss about the coun­try. “I miss there not be­ing as many bugs in Aus­tralia, and air-con, and all that sort of stuff,” Klim tells Stel­lar. “Be­ing able to get dressed up and have beau­ti­ful wine and that kind of thing.”

She will cer­tainly have the op­por­tu­nity to get dressed up and par­take in a glass of vino at the Sep­pelt Wines Stakes Day, which is held on the fourth day of the iconic Mel­bourne Cup Car­ni­val, and cel­e­brates fam­ily fun and spend­ing time to­gether. Klim, El­lis and the four chil­dren are spe­cial guests of the Vic­to­ria Rac­ing Club (VRC) and will not only get to par­tic­i­pate in the numer­ous ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer, but will also judge the boys, girls and fam­ily cat­e­gories for Myer Fash­ions on the Field in The Park.

“You can have a lot more fun with Stakes Day fash­ion,” ex­plains Klim. “There are a lot of kids who are just ob­sessed with fash­ion at such a young age, and they re­ally put a lot of time and ef­fort into their out­fits. Ob­vi­ously a lot of mums are there in the back­ground help­ing them out, too!”

Given the pop­u­lar­ity of cer­tain chil­dren’s shows, does she think there will be a mul­ti­tude of Frozen out­fits on the day? “A lot of that,” she says, laugh­ing and nod­ding. “I do think it’s a great fam­ily day. [Our chil­dren] are very used to be­ing out with us ev­ery­where we go. We like be­ing a fam­ily, so to be able to bring them along to the races is re­ally, re­ally spe­cial. It will be a good day.”

Un­like the rest of the fam­ily, this will be El­lis’s first time at the iconic Stakes Day. “I’m a lit­tle scared,” he says jok­ingly. “Ac­tu­ally, I’m look­ing for­ward to it. I feel very lucky and I guess I am. When you feel like that, you feel grate­ful, so it’s eas­ier to be happy with what you have got and to en­joy it. And that’s ex­actly what I am do­ing.”

LINDY WEARS Prada cape, jumper, shirt and skirt, (02) 9223 1688; her own rings (worn through­out) GOLDIE WEARS Rylee & Cru bloomers, ki­do­s­tore.com

(from left) STELLA WEARS Oro­ton dress, oro­ton.com.au; Sarah & Se­bas­tian neck­lace, sara­hand­se­bas­tian.com; Chris­tian Dior shoes, (02) 9229 4600 LINDY WEARS Chris­tian Dior dress, as be­fore; A. Emery san­dals, ae­mery.com GOLDIE WEARS Sum­mer & Storm top and pants, ki­do­s­tore.com FRANKIE WEARS Rylee & Cru dress; Salt Wa­ter san­dals, both from ki­do­s­tore.com

ALL IN THE FAM­ILY (from top) Lindy Klim with her for­mer hus­band Michael and their chil­dren (from left) Stella, Frankie and Rocco at Stakes Day in 2014; with hus­band Adam El­lis in Syd­ney last year; El­lis and Klim’s Tus­can wed­ding with the chil­dren and baby daugh­ter Goldie in Au­gust last year; their blended fam­ily in June.

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