Michael Clarke, the Australian cricket icon, has recently been involved in a controversy that has tarnished his reputation. While this incident may not define him as a person or a cricketer, it certainly has raised doubts in the minds of people who have come to admire him over the years.
Michael Clarke has been in the news for all the wrong reasons after his girlfriend, Jade Yarbrough, hit him in the face and accused him of cheating, which he denies. The fight was caught on video. But this isn’t the first time the media has covered the former cricket star’s love life. Clarke and his ex-girlfriend Lara Bingle were known as “Posh and Becks” in Australia when they were together.
Cricketer Michael Clarke and model Lara Bingle had a whirlwind romance after meeting on the set of Dancing on Ice. During love, Clarke got his initials tattooed. The tattoo was a reflector as an everlasting testament to their relationship. Unfortunately, despite all that initial passion, things weren’t meant to be for this couple!
After meeting at Sydney’s Westfields Sports High, Clarke and Kyly Boldy found love years later. They tied the knot in 2012 and welcomed daughter Kelsey Lee in 2015 with a vow to stay together forever.
But sadly, their journey came full circle when they announced their separation towards the end of 2019. At the start of 2020, after confirming news about their split, Clarke was seen getting close to Pip Edwards – an old friend from his school days.
For a few weeks, Clarke and Edwards said they were not together. But it was clear by June 2020 that they were together. They broke up in February 2021 but got back together a few months later. But that did not last.
They broke up again at the end of the year. Clarke and Jade Yarbrough, the sister of Karl Stefanovic’s wife Jasmine, became a couple after they met on Instagram. Clarke appeared in photos on Jade’s Instagram from a holiday in Italy with his arm around her. Clarke is also close friends with Travy Bacon, Jade’s business partner’s husband.
A former cricket TV commentator who now hosts a breakfast radio show introduced Clarke and Jade, who are exes. A video published later that night showed them arguing. Jade got so angry she slapped Clarke across the face! People were trying to stop the fight, but Jade kept yelling at Clarke. Clarke took off his shirt and limped away from her in Noosa’s park.
“You had sex with her on December 17. You’re a dog,” Jade screams. Clarke responds: “Baby, you’re wrong. I swear that’s not true.” The screaming match occurred in front of multiple people in a park at about 9:30 pm.
An onlooker yelled, “there are children over there,” as they encouraged the group to take the fight elsewhere. The bystander who filmed the fight said he was first alerted to the drama when he spotted Clarke and Stefanovic in a heated exchange.
Regardless of what happened and how it will affect Michael’s legacy, we should remember all the good he did on and off the field while representing Australia. From being part of a world-beating team to his leadership on and off the field – there is no denying that Michael Clarke was one of our nation’s most beloved sports stars.
Michael’s legacy will remain intact – even if not quite in the way it was before this incident took place. His contribution to cricket cannot be forgotten, nor should it be overlooked. We wish him all the best for the future and hope he can eventually put this all behind him and move forward.
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