Guy Sebastian and his family thought they had left their troubles back in 2022 – a horror year where the singer’s former manager was jailed – as they embarked on a luxury family holiday to the snowfields of Japan.
But when the family returned home to Sydney last week, they walked into a fresh legal stoush with an old archnemesis – his elderly neighbour.
Just days ago, Sebastian, 41, and his wife Jules Egan, 43, posted happy snaps on Instagram showing their visit to Disneyland Tokyo and sightseeing at Mount Fuji.
‘Core memories made!’ Ms Egan wrote of the two-week Japan holiday, above a photo of the family-of-four smiling in the snow.
‘So grateful to have the chance to visit such a beauty country full of beautiful people, landscape and of course food.’
In another post, she gushed about their week-long trip to the ski village of Niseko, describing the scenery as ‘breathtaking’.
‘I felt like I was living in a movie set,’ she wrote.
Guy Sebastian took his wife Jules Egan and their two children to Japan. The family are pictured at Disneyland Tokyo
‘Core memories made!’ Ms Egan posted online of the two-week Japan holiday. She is pictured with Sebastian and their two children at Mt Fuji
Sebastian and Egan returned from Japan, where they enjoyed some time on the slopes (pictured) to walk into yet another legal stoush, this time with an old neighbour
On her way home, Ms Egan made a quick stop in Dubai to see Beyoncé’s performance at the opening of lavish hotel, Atlantis the Royal.
However, things quickly deteriorated upon the family’s return to their multimillion-dollar beachside mansion in Maroubra, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
On Monday, police filed an apprehended violence order against Phillip Hanslow, 66, on Sebastian’s behalf, banning him from contacting the singer or setting foot on his property.
Mr Hanslow, who now lives in a semi-derelict home in Sydney’s south-west, faces stalking and property damage charges after years of rising tensions came to a head.
The former builder is alleged to have made death threats against Sebastian and is accused of kicking down the multi-millionaire singer’s fence.
Sebastian did not want to comment when approached by Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday.
‘It’s a private matter,’ his spokesperson said.
Mr Hanslow, meanwhile, described the inaugural Australian Idol winner as ‘not a nice guy’.
Guy Sebastian has been branded ‘not a nice guy’ by elderly neighbour Phillip Hanslow (pictured)
Phillip Hanslow and his wife Carole have not been living at the Maroubra home (pictured on the right of Guy Sebastian’s imposing property)
Mr Hanslow no longer lives next door to Sebastian, having left the home his terminally-ill wife has owned for 37 years.
The couple now live in a dilapidated property in Carlton with their pet bird, Boo Boo.
But Mr Hanslow, who was forced to retire with the pain-causing condition fibromyalgia, still returns to his Maroubra home to work on renovations.
It is understood he is accused of confronting Sebastian on Monday, allegedly making the death threats and damaging the fence.
Another resident witnessed the alleged incident and called police who charged Mr Hanslow with stalking, intent to cause physical harm and damaging property.
He will face Waverley Local Court on February 2.
It comes just months after Sebastian was in court to give evidence against his former manager, Titus Day, who was jailed for embezzling $600,000 from the singer.
Titus Day was jailed in November for embezzling $600,000 from Sebastian’s accounts (the singer and his former manager are pictured together)
Guy Sebastian says he is ‘not the same person’ since his long-time manager embezzled more than $600,000 in a betrayal the singer describes as ‘evil’. Sebastian is pictured with wife Jules
Sebastian, who was once one of Day’s closest friends, wrote an 1,800-word victim impact statement that was tendered after the jury returned its guilty verdicts.
‘I am not the same person I was,’ he wrote.
‘I wish I could still view the world the same way but every day I fight through negative thoughts and I have to remind myself that not everyone is capable of doing this.
‘I have struggled through anger and resentment and I’m not even close to being healed yet.’
Sebastian said Day’s ‘sustained deception’ led him to the ‘darkest points’ in his life and career.
Day was jailed in November for a minimum two-and-a-half years in Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court for withholding parts of Sebastian’s huge music earnings.
GUY SEBASTIAN’S NEIGHBOURHOOD FEUD
The bitter row between Sebastian and Mr Hanslow began in 2013 when Sebastian, 41, and wife Jules Egan, 43, bought a property in Maroubra in Sydney’s eastern suburbs for $3.1million.
But when they demolished it to build their sprawling new dream home, it triggered the epic feud between Sebastian’s family and Mr Hanslow.
Mr Hanslow claimed debris from the demolition damaged his home when a ‘brick missile’ smashed into an outside wall, narrowly missing his lounge window and his terminally-ill wife Carole, who was watching TV inside.
And he slammed the final design of the new home as an ugly fortress for its imposing and windowless frontage, butting right up to the edge of his house.
Mr Hanslow vowed to move out five years ago after he said two years of demolition work and the construction of Sebastian’s home was causing havoc.
He claimed his driveway was regularly blocked and the building work was going on into the night.
SafeWork NSW was called in to investigate the damage to his home and confirmed a brick fell from a truck taking away demolition debris, with the firm ordered to load up elsewhere.
‘It was dangerous, if it had been that much lower it would have gone straight through (the window),’ Mr Hanslow told Daily Mail Australia in 2017.
‘My wife was sitting right inside that window watching television.’
He said his wife was shaking when he returned that day and he had had tried to speak directly to Sebastian to resolve issues in 2017, but discussions had broken down.
‘He’s got a lot of money and we’re only little people,’ he said at the time. ‘He’s not building a house, he’s building a fortress.’
Sebastian hit back at his neighbour in 2018 and claimed Mr Hanslow’s dog had bitten him when he tried to discuss the problems.
‘I’ve got one of those neighbours… he’s a bit filthy at everyone,’ Sebastian told a radio show.
‘He’s one of those guys on the street that sits out the front screwing his eyes up at everyone.
‘While I’m taking to him, his dog comes up and bites me – twice. And I still kept the peace, saying, “It’s all good”. And my leg’s bleeding…’