Ex-NRL boss Todd Greenberg’s wife Lisa opens up on the alcohol addiction that almost saw her lose her family: ‘I loathed myself’
The wife of ex-NRL boss and current CEO of the Australian Cricketers’ Association Todd Greenberg has opened up on a crippling alcohol addiction which almost tore her family to bits.
Lisa Greenberg will appear with husband Todd in a close-up feature on Channel nine’s 60 Minutes on Sunday, interviewed by Allison Langdon. She will open up on the self-loathing that came with her illness in a revealing and emotional interview.
Lisa Greenberg and her NRL CEO husband Todd pose for a shoot at the 2019 Dally M Awards in Sydney
The former alcoholic revealed she was in a rut throughout Todd’s 2016 inception as the NRL’s CEO.
Her life revolved around ‘the next drink’, at levels of two wine bottles per day disguised in sips out of takeaway coffee cups.
Her addiction increased when she sold her boutique fitness business, which she ran for two decades, to spend more time with her husband.
The 51-year-old fitness consultant spiralled into self-loathing when Todd and their two children walked out on her in 2018.
Lisa Greenberg cries in a 60minutes feature, sharing all about her struggle with alcoholism
Mrs Greenberg spoke to News Corp’s Body and Soul, revealing that she sought professional help.
‘I was given an ultimatum by my family. They said if you’re going to drink again we are going to leave. I promised them I wouldn’t, and I meant it,’ she said.
‘But they came home and I was drinking, so they packed up and left.
I was broken, defeated, suicidal. I just thought I didn’t deserve to be on this planet.’
Lisa and husband Todd smile during a 60minutes feature interview, which airs on Sunday November 27
The full 60 Minutes feature airs on Sunday, as the Greenberg’s share their rollercoaster family story including the highs and extreme lows.
The co-founder of the online Women’s community ‘Love you Sydney’ admitted she ‘loathed’ and ‘hated’ herself – but has since made a stunning life turnaround.
Greenberg said ‘it was the most inspirational story’ he could think of, later calling his wife a superhero.
Former NRL boss Todd Greenberg and wife Lisa take to the red carpet during the 2019 NRL Hall of Fame awards
After voluntarily stepping down from the NRL’s top job last year, Greenberg is now the Australian Cricket Association’s Chief Executive.
The two say that their marriage is stronger than ever, as Lisa made a cheeky remark saying was an ‘alco’, but her husband is still ‘bald’.