Inside the ‘secret feud’ tearing the cricket WAGs apart: Steve Smith’s wife Dani Willis is ‘very icy’ with Nathan Lyon’s girlfriend Emma McCarthy and remains ‘loyal’ to his ex Mel Waring
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Nathan Lyon abruptly split with his long-term partner Mel Waring in late 2017, shortly before his relationship with new girlfriend Emma McCarthy was exposed.
And according to a new report, fellow cricketer Steve Smith’s wife Dani Willis is refusing to accept the relationship two years on and remains ‘very loyal’ to Mel.
Nathan and Mel’s bitter separation continues to cause problems for the close-knit cricket WAG community, partly because Dani has ‘been very icy with Emma’.
Inside the ‘secret feud’ tearing the cricket WAGs apart: Steve Smith’s wife Dani Willis (right) is ‘very icy’ with Nathan Lyon’s girlfriend Emma McCarthy and remains ‘loyal’ to his ex Mel Waring
‘Dani is a very loyal friend and it’s no secret she’s been very icy with Emma,’ a source told Woman’s Day on Monday.
‘Dani knows how bitter the split is and how devastated Mel was when she found out about the affair, so she doesn’t have any time for Emma,’ they added.
‘It’s caused a real division among the girls. I can’t see Dani ever becoming friends with Emma.’
New love: Nathan’s (right) relationship with Emma (left) was exposed in late 2017, shortly after he announced his separation from long-term partner Mel
Friendship: Dani (right) is reportedly a ‘very loyal friend’ to Mel (left) and has made no secret of the fact she doesn’t approve of Emma
In 2017, Nathan and Mel, who share custody of two young daughters, separated after dating for almost a decade.
The split shocked the cricket world and it wasn’t long before Nathan’s new relationship with Emma was splashed across the tabloids.
At the time, friends confirmed that Nathan had left Mel and was ‘very much in love’ with the blonde real estate agent.
Tension: Dani’s animosity towards Emma has ’caused a real division’ among the cricket WAGs. Pictured: Nathan and Emma on August 12, 2019 in London
It’s over: Nathan (left) and Mel (right), who share custody of two young daughters, separated in late 2017 after dating for almost a decade
The cricketer’s relationship with Emma soon became serious and the pair have since enjoyed several romantic getaways in Australia and abroad.
Emma has documented their trips via Instagram, sharing envy-inducing snaps from destinations such as Greece, France and South Africa.
Last year, Mel wrote candidly about her marriage breakdown in her personal blog.
Divisive figure: Emma McCarthy (second from left) is pictured with several other Australian cricket WAGs, with Dani noticeably absent from the lineup
‘I wasn’t sure what being really alone would feel like, being shut out from him [Nathan],’ Mel wrote in March 2018.
‘Since saying goodbye it hadn’t really hit me. We have lived a life where he has constantly travelled, cricket was life and touring was a given.
‘Daddy’s at cricket, it’s easy to forget. Today has been different, I have been strong, I have been brave but today I feel weak, I feel small and I feel alone.’
Endless holidays: Nathan and Emma have enjoyed several romantic getaways in Australia and abroad over the past two years