Danika Mason was back in front of the cameras on Sunday as the Channel 9 presenter sought to put her engagement heartbreak behind her ahead of the NRL grand final.
Mason, 30, saw her engagement to fiance Todd Liubinskas called off just weeks before their wedding, but despite her personal turmoil, managed to put on a brave face and was in good spirits for the Sunday Footy Show.
The show was broadcast outside Accor Stadium, the venue of the grand final between Penrith Panthers and Brisbane Broncos, and she was spotted without her engagement ring in sad scenes.
Daily Mail Australia understands that Mason was asked to give the diamond engagement ring, which she has worn all season, back.
Many could have forgiven the 30-year-old for shying away from the cameras given her heartbreak, but she showed her professionalism throughout the broadcast on Nine.
Danike Mason made her return to Channel 9 on Sunday morning
The 30-year-old put on a brave face in front of the cameras on the Sunday Footy Show
Mason appeared on Andrew John’s Immortal Behaviour podcast this week and beamed as she analysed the latest NRL news with Johns ahead of the weekend’s Grand Final.
She even found time to crack a joke about the possibility of Johns presenting a weather forecast in the nude.
There was no mention of Mason’s heartbreak on the podcast.
Mason called off her wedding to the Bondi-based personal trainer just weeks before the ceremony was due to be held on October 27 at Greystone Estate in the NSW Hunter Valley.
‘(The third party) insisted she doesn’t discuss the split publicly to the media and asked her to return the ring,’ a source close to the Mason camp said.
In the wake of the break-up, Mason has hunkered down at their South Maroubra home with the couple’s chocolate Labrador Charlie, while Liubinskas has sought refuge at his parents home in Sydney’s inner west.
Mason has found alternative plans for what to do the day she was supposed to celebrate her wedding.
Mason’s engagement to fiance Todd Liubinskas was called off just weeks before their wedding
Mason is planning a special escape to Bali with Fox Footy presenter Yvonne Sampson the week the nuptials were meant to take place.
The pair are close friends, having previously celebrated O’Keefe’s hen party together in the US in 2018.
The exact reason for Mason and Liubinskas’ split is unclear with the footy media world alight with contradictory and unconfirmed rumours about what happened.
What is known for certain is that Liubinskas wanted the engagement ring back on the grounds that it was considered a family heirloom.
The ring itself was a custom piece designed by acclaimed Sydney jeweller Sam Rahme.