‘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.

FIONA BYRNE

Pic­ture: NICKI CON­NOLLY

TOM LYNCH & COURT­NEY BOYD

TOM SCULLY & ZOE ROBERT­SON

MITCH WAL­LIS & EMILY CLEMMENS

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