Former Wallabies fly-half Matt To’omua has opened up about his “brutal” divorce from Australian cricketer Ellyse Perry, admitting the harrowing ordeal was “no fun at all”.
The sports power couple, who married in 2015, announced their divorce in July 2020, confirming the news in a joint statement.
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“It is with the utmost respect for each other that we have decided to go our separate ways earlier this year,” the couple said at the time.
“We felt it was the right course of action and in the best interests of everyone and our current lives. It’s something that has evolved and it’s a mutual decision.
Throughout our relationship, we have remained private and ask that our space and privacy continue to be respected during this difficult time for both of us.
The couple went public in 2013 when they appeared together at the John Eales Medals Party before getting engaged the following year.
Addressing the Sydney Morning HeraldTo’omua revealed that he hadn’t spoken to Perry in over a year,
“It was hard,” I confessed. “Not funny. Not funny at all. It sucked.
“You can see why it breaks people up. I’m very lucky to have found someone who is amazing, but at the time it was brutal.
“I’m very lucky that we didn’t have kids and among the divorces it was a good divorce in the sense of separating those things. The only unique thing being that it was public. Getting sprayed while I’m kicking or being abused on a social media platform isn’t great, but those are minor things.
To’omua has since started dating forensic psychologist Naomi Cameron, whom he met in 2020. They recently got engaged.
Earlier this year, the 32-year-old announced he would be heading overseas and joining Japan’s Premier League, signing with an unnamed club.
To’omua has represented the Wallabies in 59 Tests after making his international debut in 2013, also playing 130 Super Rugby games for the ACT Brumbies and Melbourne Rebels.
Meanwhile, rumors emerged last year that Perry was dating Fremantle Dockers captain Nat Fyfe.
The 31-year-old was part of Australia’s squad for this year’s triumphant Cricket World Cup campaign in New Zealand.
Originally published as ‘It sucked’: Wallabies star Matt To’omua overturns divorce from Ellyse Perry