Ex-AFL star Billy Brownless says he is ready to start dating again after his wife Nicky left him heartbroken when she ditched him for his best mate
- Billy Brownless opened up on I’m a Celebrity and says he is ready to date again
- Brownless confided in fellow contestant Rhonda Burchmore about his struggles
- He had said earlier it took him two years to get over the marriage breakdown
Former AFL player Billy Brownless opened up about his struggles post-marriage and how he’s finally ready to start dating after his wife left him for his best mate.
The current media personality had a heart to heart with another contestant, Rhonda Burchmore, while on the set of I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here.
Burchmore opened up the discussion after commenting to Brownless it would be nice for him to have some company.
former AFL player Billy Brownless (pictured) has opened up about his struggles post marriage break up and said he finally felt like he was ready to start dating properly again
‘It would,’ he replied.
His wife Nicky left him four years ago for his best friend and another former player turned media personality, Garry Lyon.
Earlier in the season he said it took him two years to even get over the end of his marriage.
‘It took a while for me to go to a café or a pub and not think, ‘Everyone is looking at me and they know.’ But really, all of that was in my head,’ the father-of-four said.
On this week’s instalment Brownless levelled much of the blame for his reclusive behaviour on himself.
‘I think it’s my fault, I got too picky. I would (date). Hook up, don’t know if I’d get married, you never know, do you.
‘Come on Bill, you’ve got to just have a good look around.’
Reports that Nicky and Lyon had been engaged in an affair were immediately shot down by Brownless who said he doesn’t believe that to be the case.
He said one day he’d like to catch up with Lyon – who is still dating Nicky – now that he has recovered from the trauma of their separation.
‘We’re not best mates, there was no Christmas cards or anything. One day, we’ll I suppose sit down and have a beer. One day. Time heals,’ he said.
Brownless’ wife Nicky (pictured together left) started a relationship with his best friend Garry Lyon (pictured right with his then wife estranged wife Melissa Lyon) 12 months after the marriage broke down
Billy’s former friend blindsided him in 2016 by starting a relationship with his wife of 18 years, just 12 months after they had separated.
In February 2016, reports surfaced that Garry – who had separated from his own wife, Melissa, in 2014 – had been having an affair with Nicky.
A month later, Billy revealed how the affair had impacted his family, saying ‘a good mate wouldn’t do that’.
He also confessed that Garry and Nicky’s secret relationship could have been going on for up to four years.
‘I couldn’t believe it. I found out three or four months ago. I asked Garry and Nicky earlier on what is going on and they said they were just good friends. That’s what hurts the most,’ Billy said on The AFL Footy Show.
‘By law it’s legal. Morally it’s wrong. We all know our rights and wrongs. You don’t touch a man’s wallet, you don’t touch his wife.’
After their exchange Burchmore said she could see Brownless finding love again but the right person would have to come along.
The revelations came after Brownless opened up to fellow I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here contestant Rhonda Burchmore (pictured)