Rugby star Sam Burgess’ split from his Australian wife just weeks after she gave birth to their second child is already turning ‘pretty messy’ as his family dumped her on social media, it was revealed today.
The 30-year-old, who has played for England in both rugby league and union, reportedly ended their three-year marriage just before Christmas – months after his wife stood by him following a sexting scandal.
Phoebe gave birth to their second child Billy with Sam by her side on December 9 but their break up was confirmed yesterday when Mr Burgess was seen leaving their £2million [$3.8m] marital home in Sydney carrying his belongings.
A source said: ‘They tried to keep it together but it all went to sh**, that’s the honest truth. It is pretty messy’.
Today the growing divide between the former Bath star and his wife emerged as Sam’s sister-in-law Joanna, who is married to his brother George, appeared to lash out at Phoebe on social media.
She posted an Instagram photo showing herself, Sam, George and Luke Burgess and other loved-ones enjoying a Christmas lunch at a restaurant in Watson’s Bay without Phoebe using the caption: ‘BestOneYet.’
In the aftermath Phoebe unfollowed Joanna and George Burgess on the social network – Joanna and Sam’s sporting brothers appear to have reciprocated.
South Sydney star footballer Sam Burgess leaves the home he shared with wife Phoebe in Sydney’s south-east on Wednesday afternoon after their ‘pretty messy’ split emerged
NRL and England star Sam Burgess (pictured outside his marital home in Sydney on Wednesday) having split from his wife of three years Phoebe (together right)
Phoebe Burgess announced the December 9 birth of her second child William ‘Billy’ Burgess (pictured) – but they have since gone their separate ways
Did Joanna Burgess take a swipe at Phoebe Burgess on Christmas Day? Sam’s sister Joanna, 28, captioned the photo, ‘Chrissy crew’, and added the hashtag, ‘BestOneYet’
Today close friend of the former pair told The Daily Telegraph in Sydney that ‘things have been bad for a while.’
The insider explained that the split was hard on Phoebe as Sam’s mother Julie stood by her son amid allegations of infidelity.
‘It would have been hard for Phoebe because Julie would have completely stuck by Sam during all the cheating allegations and there’s talk she didn’t offer Phoebe much support,’ they said.
Phoebe is believed to be holed-up in the couple’s marital home with her mother Sarah Hooke, pregnant sister Jemima Fairbanks and her husband Gene.
Sam was seen arriving at the property in his Bentley at 4.40pm on Wednesday and leaving about half an hour later carrying three full overnight bags. He was not wearing his wedding ring.
In September Sam was cleared of any wrongdoing after a 23-year-old woman claimed two unnamed Souths players had sent her lewd images of themselves via Facebook in May.
When news of the sexting scandal broke Phoebe, who was 28 weeks’ pregnant, cancelled a scheduled appearance at Sydney’s Royal Randwick racecourse.
Phoebe was not with Sam and his 26-year-old twin brothers, fellow Souths footballers Tom and George, for a Christmas Day celebration at the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
George’s wife Joanna shared a picture on Instagram showing the rest of the extended family, including the twins, older brother Luke and their mother Julie.
The picture also showed George and Joanna’s one-year-old son Boston, Tom’s girlfriend Tahlia Giumelli and NSW State of Origin coach Brad Fittler.
Sam and Phoebe’s third wedding anniversary was on December 28 and Sam turned 30 on December 14. Unusually, neither milestone was marked on social media by 29-year-old Phoebe.
Sam Burgess met Phoebe Hooke at an Avicii concert in January 2014. They married at her parents’ home at Bowral in the New South Wales southern highlands in December 2015. It is believed the couple, who have two children, split before Christmas
Family support: Phoebe Burgess’s sister Jemima Fairbanks and her husband Gene Fairbanks pictured outside the Burgess family home at Maroubra on Thursday. Phoebe’s mother Sarah White is also with her daughter offering maternal support
Sam Burgess arriving at his marital home on Wednesday afternoon. Half an hour later the premiership-winning Souths star and former Bath rugby player packed three bags into his Bentley and drove away. He was not wearing his wedding ring
Sam Burgess looked forlorn as he left his marital home at Maroubra carrying three packed bags on Wednesday afternoon
Burgess met his future wife at a concert by the late Swedish musician Avicii in early 2014. They made their public debut as a couple at the Dally M awards in September that year.
Sam reportedly proposed during a holiday in Europe and they married at Phoebe’s parents’ home in the New South Wales southern highlands in December 2015.
Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe – the part-owner of Souths and the man who lured Sam to the club – was a guest at the nuptials.
Sam and Phoebe bought a four-bedroom home at Maroubra in Sydney’s south-east for $3.8million in early 2016 and had been living there together until recently.
It is believed Phoebe spent Christmas with her parents at their Bowral home.
Burgess, a dual-code international who earns more than $1million a year, signed a contract extension with Souths in September which will see him stay at the club until the end of the 2023 season.
Rabbitohs star Sam Burgess is hugged by club part-owner Russell Crowe after South Sydney won the 2014 NRL premiership
‘My little man’: A smitten Phoebe Burgess shares the first photo of her baby son William’s face after welcoming the bub with NRL star husband Sam Burgess on December 9. Phoebe did not mark her third wedding anniversary on social media
A source told Daily Mail Australia in November that Billy was to be delivered by cesarean. ‘Phoebe will be giving birth by C-section in three weeks, because the little fella already weighs 4kgs’, the source said.
Phoebe told Who magazine in August the pregnancy with Billy – who had originally been due on Christmas Day – had been difficult.
‘I wish I had a better handle on it but I think everyone will tell you that the second pregnancy is very fast and furious – because you’re running around with a little one and in my case, an 18-month old,’ she said.
‘Physically it’s been a lot tougher and the hormones have played a big part – I was very sick at the start of my pregnancy.
‘I wasn’t sick with Poppy once but I’ve been running for the sink this time, having dizzy fainting spells. It’s been the whole works.’
Daily Mail Australia has attempted to contact Sam and Phoebe’s management as well as the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Sam began his professional rugby league career playing for the Bradford Bulls in 2006 before joining South Sydney in 2010.
After winning an NRL premiership with the Rabbitohs in 2014 he spent a season playing rugby for Bath and was part of England’s unsuccessful 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign before returning to Souths.
Sam Burgess carrying the ball in a friendly match between England and Ireland at Twickenham before the 2015 Rugby World Cup (left) and on the charge for the South Sydney Rabbitohs against the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium in 2017
From an X Factor favourite to Candice Warner: All the women Sam Burgess dated before settling down with Phoebe and having children
Sam Burgess was once dubbed one of Sydney’s most eligible bachelors before marrying Phoebe Hooke in 2015 and welcoming two children together.
And as the end of the couple’s four-year relationship was announced on Thursday, Daily Mail Australia can reveal Sam, 30, is no stranger to a public breakup.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs star was linked to a string of high-profile women before settling down with his now estranged wife.
From an X Factor favourite to Candice Warner: All the women Sam Burgess dated before settling down with Phoebe and having children. Pictured Sam with ex Joelle Hadjia in 2013
Sam’s most publicised relationship before Phoebe was with Joelle Hadjia, 28, who is best known for her time on X Factor Australia in 2013.
Shortly after she first appeared on the Seven show, the NRL star dated the musician for five months, before splitting in December 2013.
While competing in the singing competition, Joelle told The Daily Telegraph: ‘Sam is very supportive and very grounded.
‘He is a really nice person, anyone that knows him would say the same thing.’
But sadly things were not meant to be for the pair.
Wasn’t meant to be! Sam, 30, dated X Factor 2013 star Joelle, 28, for five months as she appeared on the Seven show – before going their separate ways in December 2013
Earlier in 2013, Sam enjoyed a whirlwind fling with model Gabriela Cevallos.
The pair were spotted cavorting in the ocean in March 2013, with Sam later remaining coy when asked about their budding romance.
‘I’m going out with someone special but I won’t name her because she doesn’t want to be stereotyped as a WAG,’ said Sam at the time.
Alluding to the Mexican-Australian model, Sam added: ‘She’s a Mexican who grew up in Sydney and we’re very happy together.’
It is believed they parted ways in June 2013, three months after first being seen together.
Hot stuff! Earlier in 2013, Sam enjoyed a whirlwind fling with model Gabriela Cevallos
‘She doesn’t want to be stereotyped a WAG’: The pair were spotted cavorting in the ocean in March 2013, with Sam remaining coy when asked about their budding romance. Pictured left Sam in 2013
Arguably Sam’s most famous former flame is Candice Warner (née Falzon).
Candice, 33, was linked to Sam three years before she began dating her future husband, cricketer David Warner, in 2013.
The pair were said to have been seeing each other for several months in 2010.
A source at the time claimed to The Daily Telegraph that Candice ‘moved back to Sydney from Perth to be with him’ – which ‘showed it was serious’.
Blast from the past! Arguably Sam’s most famous former flame is Candice Warner (née Falzon), who he is believed to have dated for several months in 2010
Moved on! Candice, 33, was linked to Sam three years before she began dating her future husband, cricketer David Warner, in 2013. Pictured Candice and David
In 2012, Sam was briefly linked to former Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice, 30.
The pair engaged in some flirty Twitter chat in August that year, before later being spotted getting ‘cosy’ at a Surry Hills party several months later in November.
However, Sam stated he ‘hardly knew’ Stephanie, and it was all friendly.
More than friends? In 2012, Sam was briefly linked to former Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice, 30, but the NRL star later said he ‘hardly knew’ her
Over: Sam started dating Phoebe Hooke in 2014, before marrying one year later in 2015 and welcoming two children together. Their split was announced on Thursday
Sam started dating Phoebe Hooke in 2014, before marrying one year later in 2015.
The beauty welcomed their first child, Poppy Alice Burgess, in January 2017.
Phoebe recently gave birth to their second child, William ‘Billy’ Mark Burgess, on December 9 after a difficult pregnancy.
She announced the news on Instagram days later with the hashtag ‘FamilyofFour’.
Their split was announced on Thursday, one month after William was born.