Former Wallabies fly-half Matt To’omua has opened up about his “brutal” divorce from Australian cricketer Ellyse Perry, admitting the taxing ordeal was “not fun at all”.
The sporting power couple, who tied the knot in 2015, announced their divorce in July 2020, confirming the news in a joint statement.
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“It’s with the greatest of respect for one another that we decided to separate earlier this year,” the pair said at the time.
“We felt this was the right course of action and is in the best interests of each other and our current lives. This is something that has evolved and is a mutual decision.
Throughout our relationship we have remained private and we 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 at the John Eales Medal awards night together before getting engaged the following year.
Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, To’omua revealed he had not spoken to Perry in more than a year,
“It was tough,” he confessed. “Not fun. Not fun at all. It sucked.
“You can see why it breaks people. I’m very lucky that I’ve found someone now who’s amazing, but at the time, it was brutal.
“I’m very fortunate that we had no kids and, of the divorces, it was a good one in the sense of the separation of those things. The one unique thing being it was public. Getting sprayed while I’m goalkicking or getting abused on some social media platform isn’t great, but they’re minor things.”
To’omua has since started dating forensic psychologist Naomi Cameron, who he met in 2020. They recently got engaged.
Earlier this year, the 32-year-old announced he would head overseas and join Japan’s League One, signing with an unnamed club.
To’omua 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, rumours emerged last year that Perry was dating Fremantle Dockers captain Nat Fyfe.
The 31-year-old was part of the Australian squad for this year’s triumphant Cricket World Cup campaign in New Zealand.