AFL legend Billy Brownless’ mannequin daughter has what went on at Christmas dinner along with her dad’s his estranged finest mate Gary Lyon and ex-wife Nicky as they lastly heal the deep wounds of a dishonest scandal.
Five years after the wedding break-up that shocked the AFL world and triggered a seemingly-irreparable rift between the pair, they had been in a position to break bread collectively.
The former shut mates and Footy Show co-hosts went from mates to foes in 2016 when Lyon left his spouse and began a relationship with Brownless’ spouse of 18 years, Nicky.
Both males’s marriages had ended earlier than Nicky and Lyon introduced they had been relationship, however Brownless nonetheless felt betrayed as a result of they’d instructed him they had been ‘simply good mates’.
Billy Brownless spent Christmas Day along with his kids, ex spouse and her new companion – his former finest mate Garry Lyon – 5 years after the connection destroyed the duo’s friendship (Pictured left to proper, Max, Lucy, Nicky, Garry, Jan Smith, Ruby, Billy, Oscar)
After 5 years of dangerous blood, Brownless and Lyon (pictured, second from left and third from proper) appeared to have reconciled earlier in 2020, with Brownless saying they had been in a ‘great place’
Brownless posed alongside Nicky and the 4 kids they share, Ruby, Lucy, Max and Oscar in Geelong on Christmas Day (pictured, the 4 children with their dad, centre)
After 5 years of dangerous blood, Brownless and Lyon started steps towards reconciliation earlier this yr when Brownless mentioned they had been in a ‘great place’, earlier than spending Christmas Day collectively.
Brownless’ daughter Lucy described the lunch between the blended households as ‘actually particular’.
‘It labored very well and that was all very constructive. I believe we’re all joyful and joyful to be all collectively. It was an amazing day. We had been all actually enthusiastic about that,’ she instructed the Herald Sun.
Also on the Christmas Day celebration was Lucy’s siblings Ruby, Oscar and Max, who she spent lockdown with final yr.
‘We actually loved it and made essentially the most of it. My grandma was with us, Oscar was in Queensland with Geelong for the footy and Ruby and Max and I obtained that point collectively which was very nice,’ Lucy mentioned.
Brownless’ daughter Lucy described Christmas Day lunch between the blended households as ‘actually particular’
Lyon was additionally featured in a few of the joyful snaps from the lunch in Geelong, illustrating that the boys actually have appeared to bury the hatchet – years after he give up the Footy Show when the scandal erupted.
Brownless, 53, addressed the problem with fellow AFL greats Sam Newman and Don Scott on an episode of the pair’s You Cannot Be Serious podcast again in September.
‘You know I’m going to ask you this – individuals need to understand how you and Garry Lyon are occurring,’ Newman mentioned on the tail finish of the podcast.
‘At the time you undergo all totally different feelings in fact,’ Brownless responded. ”Why me?’ and a little bit of hatred.
‘But now mate, it has been 4 or 5 years, I’ve come round and everyone seems to be in a great place to be sincere. Garry and Nicky are – that is superb – and the children are.
‘That was the opposite large downside. Young Maxy was about 10, Oscar was about 14, the ladies [Lucy and Ruby] had been 16, 17.’
Billy Brownless and Nicky Brownless (left) with Gary Lyon and Melissa Lyon (proper) in 2012. Lyon famously began a relationship with Nicky – Billy Brownless’ spouse of 18 years
Brownless along with his daughters Lucy and Ruby at Flemington Racecourse in 2017. Brownless mentioned in a podcast the break-up had been harder by the younger age of his kids. ‘Young Maxy was about 10, Oscar was about 14, the ladies had been 16, 17,’ he mentioned
Brownless conceded although he had not totally regained the friendship with Lyon they as soon as had – saying the pair ‘could be’ in a position to be mates like earlier than in some unspecified time in the future.
‘There’s no Christmas playing cards but however we’ve spoken a few instances,’ he mentioned.
‘The children stay with Garry and Nicky and issues like that.’
When probed on how lengthy it had taken for him to maneuver on from the cut up, Brownless mentioned two years was too quick, however 5 years could also be extra correct.
‘There’s no issues, we’re in a superb house, he is in a superb house, Nicky is, the children are and so am I. But that has taken time. It has,’ Brownless mentioned.
Garry Lyon and Nicky Brownless at a memorial for Danny Frawley in September 2019. Mr Brownless mentioned he was now in a ‘great place’ with each his ex-wife and Lyon