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How Lauren Mand traded a glam London life for homely Melbourne

Lauren Mand had been living in London before moving back to Melbourne in September to be with AFL star Jimmy Bartel, after the breakdown of his marriage.

According to photos shared to her Instagram page, the socialite traded in the glitz and glamour of London for a more homely existence in Melbourne.

The blonde, who was once pictured posing in front of iconic landmarks, is now seen enjoying casual strolls and lounging around at home with her footballer beau, 35.

Lauren Mand’s new life: How the socialite (pictured) swapped glamorous London adventures for a homely existence in Melbourne with AFL star boyfriend Jimmy Bartel

As of December last year, Lauren took to Instagram to share photos of herself at Buckingham Palace, as well as luxurious getaways in Switzerland and France. 

Lauren rang in the New Year in Paris, posting a picture of herself with her arms raised and a lit-up Eiffel Tower in the background.

Proving she’s quite the traveller, she also enjoyed trips to New York where she dined at trendy eateries and sipped on beverages at rooftop bars.     

While living in London in May, Lauren alluded to being ‘in love’ in a cryptic social media post shared one month before Jimmy separated from his wife, Nadia Bartel, 34. 

Culture: According to photos shared to her Instagram page, Lauren once enjoyed scenic adventures in London and Europe

Culture: According to photos shared to her Instagram page, Lauren once enjoyed scenic adventures in London and Europe 

Sightseeing: Lauren is pictured outside of Buckingham Palace, prior to relocating to Melbourne

New Year: Lauren rang in 2019 in Paris, France

Out and about: Lauren is seen posing in front of Buckingham Palace (left) and the Eiffel Tower (right) 

Big Apple: Lauren also enjoyed trips to New York where she dined at trendy eateries and sipped on beverages at rooftop bars

Big Apple: Lauren also enjoyed trips to New York where she dined at trendy eateries and sipped on beverages at rooftop bars

She uploaded a photo to her Instagram Story which showed her in a café overlooking a shopping district. The image was simply captioned, ‘Undecided but in love’.      

It’s unclear if Lauren was referring to her relationship with Jimmy when she wrote about feeling ‘undecided but in love’.

She may have also been alluding to her decision earlier that year to uproot her life in Australia – where she had friends, family and a career – and move to the UK.

Cryptic: While living in London in May, Lauren alluded to being 'in love' in a cryptic social media post shared one month before Jimmy separated from his wife, Nadia Bartel

Cryptic: While living in London in May, Lauren alluded to being ‘in love’ in a cryptic social media post shared one month before Jimmy separated from his wife, Nadia Bartel 

Emotions: She previously revealed that while Melbourne 'will always be home', London has 'stolen' her heart

Emotions: She previously revealed that while Melbourne ‘will always be home’, London has ‘stolen’ her heart 

In love: Since moving back to Melbourne in September, Lauren has been pictured enjoying a homely existence. Pictured with Jimmy, 35

In love: Since moving back to Melbourne in September, Lauren has been pictured enjoying a homely existence. Pictured with Jimmy, 35

It’s believed Lauren and Jimmy later met up in London in July, a month before the former Geelong Cats star separated from Nadia.   

In September, Daily Mail Australia revealed that Lauren was planning to move back to Australia after spending several months living in England.

She uploaded a post to a Facebook group for Australian expats in which she listed her two-bedroom London apartment for sublet.

In the ad, Lauren explained she would be returning home on September 22 and was looking for someone to take over her $1,500-a-month room ‘ASAP’.

Out in nature: One photo shared to Instagram in October, saw Lauren going on a bush walk with Jimmy

Out in nature: One photo shared to Instagram in October, saw Lauren going on a bush walk with Jimmy 

Low-key: Instead of attending Melbourne's Derby Day, Lauren and Jimmy appeared to stay at home together with Jimmy's sons Aston and Henley

Low-key: Instead of attending Melbourne’s Derby Day, Lauren and Jimmy appeared to stay at home together with Jimmy’s sons Aston and Henley

Since arriving back, Lauren has enjoyed more low-key, homely adventures with Jimmy.

On October 12, she shared a picture walking hand-in-hand with Jimmy along a suburban street.

There was also a post on Melbourne’s Derby Day where she stayed at home with Jimmy and his two young boys, while Nadia mingled with the glitterati trackside.

Lauren and Jimmy were also recently pictured shopping together for baby supplies.

The pair looked rather glum while stepping out of a discount pharmacy where they’d bought nappies, presumably for Jimmy’s son Henley, one. 

Over: The Bartels announced their separation on August 15, about two months after Nadia (pictured), 34, had moved out of their marital home in Melbourne in June

Over: The Bartels announced their separation on August 15, about two months after Nadia (pictured), 34, had moved out of their marital home in Melbourne in June

Headlines: Jimmy's romance with Lauren (pictured) was splashed across the tabloids just days later

Headlines: Jimmy’s romance with Lauren (pictured) was splashed across the tabloids just days later

Despite the glum appearance, Lauren wrote on Instagram that she’s ‘content and couldn’t be happier’, as their secret romance first hit the headlines.   

The Bartels announced their separation on August 15, about two months after Nadia had moved out of their marital home in Melbourne in June.

Jimmy’s romance with Lauren was splashed across the tabloids just days later. 

At the time, it was widely reported that Nadia had discovered Jimmy and Lauren’s relationship through ‘text messages’.

Jimmy and Nadia married in February 2014 and share two sons: three-year-old Aston and one-year-old Henley. 

Children: Jimmy and Nadia married in February 2014 and share two sons: three-year-old Aston and one-year-old Henley (both pictured)

Children: Jimmy and Nadia married in February 2014 and share two sons: three-year-old Aston and one-year-old Henley (both pictured) 

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