THE WED­DING’S OFF!

A fall­ing-out has put the cou­ple’s mar­riage plans in jeop­ardy

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Celebrity News -

Their Palm Beach com­mit­ment cer­e­mony was shrouded in se­crecy, but ru­mours have been swirling for months that Karl Ste­fanovic and Jas­mine Yar­brough are plan­ning to pull out all the stops for their Novem­ber nup­tials.

Now, sources are telling us the To­day host’s wed­ding has been shelved – and the cou­ple have had to go back to the draw­ing board.

“The wed­ding was planned for Novem­ber and they had made plans to have it at James Packer’s Ar­gen­tinian polo ranch,” a friend re­veals to Woman’s Day.

DIS­AS­TROUS PLAN

“They’d even gone so far as to tell close friends and fam­ily and given them dates, with some guests even book­ing their flights. Now, with­out ex­pla­na­tion, they’re telling ev­ery­one to can­cel them.

“Ev­ery­thing is com­pletely up in the air, they have no venue and there’s not even a firm date. We’re all on ten­ter­hooks won­der­ing if it’s ac­tu­ally go­ing to hap­pen this year or not,” our source adds.

While nei­ther Karl, 43, nor Jas­mine, 34, has pub­licly spo­ken about the wed­ding, those clos­est to the cou­ple be­lieve their plans have come un­stuck be­cause of Karl’s in­creas­ingly strained re­la­tion­ship with his close friend, bil­lion­aire James, 50 – who checked into Amer­ica’s most ex­clu­sive men­tal health fa­cil­ity in March. “A team of pro­fes­sion­als have been get­ting James back on his feet, and they’re ad­vis­ing him to put some dis­tance be­tween him­self and his rowdy bunch of party mates – and Karl’s top of the list,” a friend re­veals.

“James is a very gen­er­ous man but ev­ery­one – es­pe­cially his 80-year-old mum Ros – wants to make sure he’s well away from any temp­ta­tions, and par­ty­ing and heavy drink­ing is not on the cards while he gets him­self bet­ter.

“James has been ad­vised to tell Karl he can’t marry at his ranch, and as you can imag­ine it hasn’t gone down well,” the in­sider tells.

In­stead of ac­cept­ing James’ de­ci­sion, friends say Karl has been des­per­ately plead­ing with him to let him resched­ule the wed­ding at the bil­lion­aire’s newly pur­chased prop­erty in Cabo San Lu­cas.

DRA­MAS AT WORK

“For Karl to lose the life­line to his bil­lion­aire mate is go­ing to hit him hard, James has al­ways been happy to of­fer up all his prop­er­ties, so he’d taken it for granted that they would be able to have it there.

“What’s worse is Jas­mine is com­pletely freak­ing out be­cause she thought the venue was done and dusted and she was look­ing for­ward to wow­ing her friends with such an amaz­ing lo­ca­tion,” our source adds.

“One friend has sug­gested they just stay in Syd­ney, or do what the av­er­age punter would and book a place, but Jas­mine doesn’t want it to be run of the mill.

“On top of that they’d picked Novem­ber be­cause the kids would still be in school and af­ter the drama of their com­mit­ment cer­e­mony, when the po­lice were called, they thought it would be eas­ier to have it with­out them at­tend­ing.”

Drama over his wed­ding is the last thing Karl needs, es­pe­cially given re­ports are sur­fac­ing that his pop­u­lar­ity has taken a huge nose dive both with his

‘They’re telling ev­ery­one to can­cel their flights’

col­leagues and view­ers in the past few months.

“He’s been all over the place re­cently and a cou­ple of times on lo­ca­tion [for 60 Min­utes] it ap­peared like he just didn’t want to be there. It didn’t help he and his brother had such a go at Kirsty Thom­son [the much revered 60 Min­utes ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer] dur­ing the Uber­gate saga.

“You’d have to be a fool in this in­dus­try to have a swing at the woman – es­pe­cially one who’s a favourite of Wicky [Nine’s na­tional direc­tor of news and cur­rent af­fairs Dar­ren Wick].

“He’s so out of favour there’s even talk he might be re­placed by Ben Ford­ham as host for This Time Next Year, when it airs next year.”

Mean­while, news of Karl’s run of bad luck isn’t caus­ing ex-wife Cas­san­dra any sleep­less nights.

“Cass finds all this laugh­able – con­sid­er­ing her wed­ding to Karl cost a to­tal of $8000 and her dress was made by a friend for $900.

“She’d never dream of tak­ing Karl back. She’s told friends she had the best years of his life and that Jas­mine can have him.

“She ac­tu­ally se­cretly hopes they do tie the knot soon just so the cir­cus Jas­mine and Karl have cre­ated stops.”

Karl’s plan for the wed­ding venue has fallen through, and it hasn’t gone down well with Jas­mine.

With James Packer in hap­pier times.

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