‘Split has made me stronger’
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Melbourne alumna Pettifleur Berenger says she was left humiliated by a public and bitter split from her partner.
The reality star has broken her silence on the breakdown of her relationship with Frank Palazzo and a court battle in which he tried to force her from the luxury inner-city penthouse they shared.
Berenger said she was stronger after a year of personal loss and private challenges.
“Not for one minute did I ever feel that I would leave the home at that time,” said Berenger, who still lives in the property. “I was humiliated by the public knowledge (of their split) but I never felt that I was going to be on the street.”
Berenger said she was rocked by the death of her father mid year and the illness of another family member, coupled with the end of her relationship.
“My father, he was just the most beautiful man. I believe from the bottom of my heart that he has been right beside me through the turmoil that I have been going through,” she said.
Berenger will welcome in the new year with trusted friends at the Together NYE party at the Prince Rooftop in St Kilda.
“Those are the people that I treasure and those are the people that have been surrounding me in my time of need — a shoulder to cry on, a conversation to be had — and those are the people I will be ringing in the new year with,” she said.
Berenger said she was in no rush to find love again.
“I have always had somebody by my side. “I just want to see who I am just by myself.”
LOVE has very much been in the air this festive season especially within the ranks of Australia’s elite footballers. Some of the country’s favourite players have headed down the aisle, making the most of their Christmas/New Year training break.
In the Yarra Valley, newly minted Hawk TOM SCULLY married his long-time love
ZOE ROBERTSON on Friday. The couple wed at Stones of the Yarra Valley with mates from Scully’s footy career including DYLAN SHIEL, SHANE MUMFORD and PHIL DAVIS attending. Western Bulldogs star MITCH WALLIS tied the knot with his fiancee, EMILY CLEMMENS, in Sorrento last weekend.
The couple shared stunning images from their special day via social media with Wallis posting: “Best day of my life. I love you Mrs Wallis.”
Guests included fellow Bulldogs LIAM PICKEN, TOM BOYD, MARCUS BONTEMPELLI, JASON JOHANNISEN, EASTON WOOD, LUKAS WEBB, and JOSH DUNKLEY. Adelaide Crows star JOSH JENKINS married his longtime sweetheart HANNAH
DELMENICO in their home town of Swan Hill on Friday. In sweltering 40c temperatures, the couple exchanged vows in front of family and friends including newly engaged Crows captain TAYLOR WALKER and his
fiancee ELLIE BROWN, TOM LYNCH — who wed his girlfriend COURTNEY BOYD at Albert Park last weekend — RORY and BEL SLOANE, PATRICK and MARDI DANGERFIELD and MICHAEL HURLEY. Hawthorn favourite ISAAC SMITH wed CANDICE QUINLAN on Friday in a countryside ceremony near Creswick. Guests included LUKE HODGE, JARRYD ROUGHEAD, JACK GUNSTON, LIAM SHIELS, RYAN SCHOENMAKERS and JAMES FRAWLEY.
It is a beautiful time of year to celebrate a wedding. Congratulations to all the newlyweds.
TOM LYNCH & COURTNEY BOYD
TOM SCULLY & ZOE ROBERTSON
MITCH WALLIS & EMILY CLEMMENS