Apparently, Sam and Phoebe Burgess were a couple who had everything.
She is a hunky superstar of the NRL, who earns $ 1.5 a season playing for the South Sydney Rabbitohs, while she is an extraordinary and successful writer who has worked for some of Australia's biggest media players.
Just a few weeks ago, the couple welcomed their newborn son William, who they nicknamed Billy.
He joined his daughter Poppy, almost two, and apparently completed their family.
Life should not have improved for the Burgess.
But behind closed doors, their relationship was at the limit.
Only three weeks after bringing their son Billy to the world, reports of shock emerged that the couple had split.
Not long after, the images showed the international of England leaving the eastern suburbs of Sydney with packed suitcases and not wearing her wedding ring.
In the nine days since their rift has shocked Australia, things have continued to unravel at an alarming rate.
The scandal of sexting
But the speculation that things were not going well had started months before when the couple was shaken by a sextant scandal, after a woman claimed to have been exposed to obscure images of Rabbitoh players sent by Sam's social account.
The thirty-year-old league player was involved in the controversy in September 2018, although later Sam was officially uprooted from any wrongdoing by the South.
In the e-mails At the club, the 23-year-old woman claimed to have been violated in her online interaction with the players, who claimed to have presented herself to her in a video chat.
The two-year-old father admitted that the attention of the media was taken a devastating tribute on his family, saying that it grieved him to see the whole affair caused by Phoebe, who at the time was six months pregnant.
"I'm not angry, what makes me suffer the most is seeing my wife angry at what's out there," he told reporters, adding that he hoped the situation would be "resolved quickly".
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"I have a wife, I have a daughter, my wife is very pregnant, I just want them to be safe and happy, in my current situation at home there is no chance. "
The tension on their relationship had to be monumental, even if you would not know it by looking at the happy and happy family shots of Phoebe on her social media.
Life before the sexting scandal had been rather rosy, although many claimed that their love was a "whirlwind".
Their swirling love story
After meeting at an Avicii concert in Sydney in 2014, the couple had a secret affair at a distance for eight months before become public at Dally M.
When Sam moved to Bath in the UK to play Bath Rugby for three years, Phoebe did not hesitate to follow him, cementing their love story.
"As much as Sam may be ashamed of this, when you love someone, you know where you should be," he told a British newspaper at the time.
Eight months later, Phoebe was flashing a large diamond ring on her engagement finger. After a romantic holiday in Greece, the couple's wild rumors got engaged.
The happy news was later confirmed by Samantha Armytage who wished Phoebe Hooke her most sincere congratulations on social media, accidentally leaving the cat out of the bag.  Only six months later, the couple in love tightened the knot in Bowral, surrounded by their friends and family. The elegant wedding was held in his family home, with Sam telling the world that it was the "most beautiful day of my life".
Although Burgess is known as "Slammin Sam" for his extravagant behavior in the field, Phoebe revealed that the 196cm giant was actually a great pain.
In May 2018 Phoebe praised the virtues of her sporting husband in a revealing interview at Stellar Magazine – in which she simply described him as "a good man".
"The moment he had a daughter, he had this tremendous new appreciation for the other 50% of the population," he said.
"He does not have his responsibilities as a father, he never leaves and goes out with the boys instead of being a dad He always makes the right choice, which I have never been intimidated to do, he's just a good man. And it's sexy. "
Even his own dad regularly flowed from his daughter Poppy.
The fairytale life seemed together perfect – until the cracks began to show up in recent times.
Signs we were missing
Even before the scandal of sexting, Phoebe began to withdraw from her public profile
A look at her Twitter account shows that Ambassador Bobbi Brown has not published since May 2018, an unusual move for someone working in the media space.
While Phoebe, 29, appeared to keep appearances on her Instagram account, with a feed full of cheerful family shots, just a week before her break was revealed, she changed her profile picture of Facebook for the first time in two years.
For a long time, his p The dazzling photo, which was uploaded in March 2016, was about her and Sam on their wedding day.
His latest upload was a snapshot of himself, smiling gloriously, in a move that fans hypothesized was the main suggestion very rocky terrain.
Division of the Bitter Family
Following the heart-breaking news that the couple had paid so soon after Billy arrived, the rumor went into overdrive.
Amiss with the couple came from a family photo of Christmas Burgess, shared a few days before their break was revealed.
Sam Joanne's sister shared a family photo from their festive lunch, minus Phoebe, with the hashtag #bestoneyet – causing a stir.  Joanna quickly began to suggest that she was digging at Phoebe amid the messy collapse of her brother-in-law's marriage – explaining that the mother of two had "never joined the side of" Burgess "for the previous Christmas holidays" .
"No, I need to drag my family or me into all this – thank you", wrote Joanna on her social media
"It is not in my nature to find anyone. Phoebe has never joined the "Burgess" group for previous Christmas holidays, so my # could not be directed to her! This year was not different for the last year in his name.
But this is in itself an important clue that things were not as good as they seemed on the surface. Who does not spend time with the in-laws at Christmas? It is a millennial tradition
Things become gloomy
The fallout of their love story has continued to decline in the last days, with countless reports emerging around the apparent change of the Burgess family's attitude towards Phoebe.
The first snub seems to happen on Instagram, where Sam's mom, Julie, and Johanna no longer follow Sam's wife. Ouch.
Julie also removed a photo from the sumptuous wedding of the couple from her Facebook account, replacing it with a snap of her grandchildren.
More recently, it has been suggested that Phoebe made a slight transition to Sam, when she liked a cryptic post on Instagram on Thursday
Although the Johnson & # 39; s Baby Ambassador did not publish on the photo sharing platform after sharing a photo of Baby Billy on December 21st, the Daily Mail reported having "appreciated" a post from his manager Sharon Finnigan who read: "It's funny how nice you are with my face, it's funny how you talk behind me, and it's definitely funny that you think I'm unaware."
While it is not clear that he was thinking of his distraught hubby with that touching post, he certainly suggests the rift between them is widening.
Currently, Phoebe stays holed up in her family home with her mother Sarah Hooke, pregnant sister Jemima Fairbanks and her husband Gene, apparently trying to avoid the chaos that engulfed her family life.
But if the drama that has developed over the last nine days is something to go by, Burgess's break-up saga is just starting.
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