Bikini model dev­as­tated by leav­ing mar­riage and Bondi

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

WHEN An­naliese Braak­en­siek was forced to leave Bondi after the break­down of her mar­riage, she left a lit­tle piece of her soul be­hind.

Be­com­ing the quintessen­tial Bondi girl long be­fore the beach sub­urb was an In­sta­gram hotspot, Braak­en­siek had built her im­age on sun, sea, surf – and be­ing able to wear a bikini like few oth­ers could.

So when the sud­den split from her in­vest­ment banker hus­band Danny Gold­berg forced her to move to a onebed­room flat in Potts Point last year, it was a blow from which she never re­ally re­cov­ered.

“She was bro­ken,” said photo agency ex­ec­u­tive Kasey Dray­ton, who be­came friends with Braak­en­siek after first meet­ing her on a mag­a­zine shoot in Sydney 20 years ago.

“She was heart­bro­ken when she and Danny split and there is no deny­ing that. The im­pres­sion I got was that it was leav­ing Bondi that she re­ally strug­gled with … be­ing dis­placed out of her home.”

Found by friends in her new home after suf­fer­ing an ap­par­ent over­dose last Sun­day, Braak­en­siek’s death has rocked the Sydney so­cial scene where she and Mr Gold­berg were once a reg­u­lar fix­ture. If you or some­one you know needs help call BeyondBlue 1300 224 636 or Life­line 13 11 14

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