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James Packer’s circle of support revealed as he steps down from Crown

Earlier this week, James Packer sensationally quit as director of his casino empire citing ‘mental health issues’.

But as he takes a step back from Crown Resorts, who will be rushing to the billionaire’s side in his hour of need?

The 50-year-old businessman has a close circle of friends, including ex-partners and TV stars, who will likely be offering their support.

A ‘babysitter’ best friend, his personal trainer and two supportive ex-wives: James Packer’s circle of support revealed as he steps down from Crown Resorts citing ‘mental health issues’

But James has also had his fair share of rivalries too, and it’s safe to assume some of his former associates won’t be getting in touch.

As he holidays in Mexico following his shock resignation, Daily Mail Australia looks at some of James’ complex relationships.

KARL STEFANOVIC

Supportive: James' close friendship with Channel Nine's golden boy Karl Stefanovic is well documented, with the pair embarking on several five-star holidays together

Supportive: James’ close friendship with Channel Nine’s golden boy Karl Stefanovic is well documented, with the pair embarking on several five-star holidays together

Friends: According to Fairfax on Saturday, Karl has been described as James' 'court jester'

Friends: According to Fairfax on Saturday, Karl has been described as James’ ‘court jester’

James’ close friendship with Channel Nine’s golden boy Karl Stefanovic is well documented, with the pair embarking on several five-star holidays together.

The former casino executive even offered Karl, 43, a place to stay in Sydney’s Bondi after he abruptly left his wife Cassandra Thorburn in 2016.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday, Karl has been described as James’ ‘court jester’.

It was also claimed that Karl ‘has long adopted a policy of not speaking about’ James.

JODHI MEARES

Will she be there for him? While their marriage only lasted a few years, James and Jodhi Meares have maintained a close and supportive friendship. Pictured in July 1999

Will she be there for him? While their marriage only lasted a few years, James and Jodhi Meares have maintained a close and supportive friendship. Pictured in July 1999

James married his first wife, glamour model Jodhi Meares, in a spectacular ceremony in Bellevue Hill, Sydney in 1999.

While their marriage only lasted a few years, they have maintained a close and supportive friendship.

In October 2016, The Daily Telegraph reported that James had $800,000 into his ex-wife’s activewear range The Upside.

ERICA PACKER

Standing by her man: Erica Packer, James' second wife and the mother of his three children, is understood to still be a pillar of support

Standing by her man: Erica Packer, James’ second wife and the mother of his three children, is understood to still be a pillar of support

Co-parenting: Erica and James are often photographed together and appear to get along well as they raise their children, Indigo, Jackson and Emmanuelle

Co-parenting: Erica and James are often photographed together and appear to get along well as they raise their children, Indigo, Jackson and Emmanuelle

Erica Packer, James’ second wife and the mother of his three children, is understood to still be a pillar of support.

This is despite the fact the couple announced their separation in September 2013.

They are often photographed together and appear to get along well as they raise their kids, Indigo, Jackson and Emmanuelle.

KYLIE LIM

Late last year, it was reported James was dating ’30-something’ New York socialite Kylie Lim.

In 2017, the couple were spotted in Aspen, Colorado and aboard his Arctic P superyacht when it was docked in Bora Bora.

It is unclear if Kylie has joined her boyfriend in Mexico.

BEN TILLEY

Property developer Ben Tilley is one of James’ oldest friends and was also close to his late father, Kerry.

He has been called James’ ‘babysitter’ in the past, and his commitment to the Packer family has reportedly caused problems with his own.

Ben separated from his wife-of-19-years Tiffany early last year.

It is likely Ben will be supporting his old Cranbrook School friend in his hour of need.

DAMIEN CHAPMAN

Former rugby league player Damien Chapman has been described as James’ health coach.

He is known to accompany him on overseas holidays, including trips to Mexico.

TZIPORAH MALKAH 

'He must be really really suffering': James was engaged to Tziporah Malkah, formerly known as Kate Fischer, in the '90s. On Thursday, she expressed sympathy for his situation on Sunrise

‘He must be really really suffering’: James was engaged to Tziporah Malkah, formerly known as Kate Fischer, in the ’90s. On Thursday, she expressed sympathy for his situation on Sunrise

James was engaged to Tziporah Malkah, formerly known as Kate Fischer, in the ’90s.

They separated in 1998 after five years together, including a two-year engagement.

Tziporah, who lived in the US and embraced Orthodox Judaism following the split, is the only ex-partner of James’ to publicly address his resignation.

James and Kate separated in 1998 after five years together, including a two-year engagement

James and Kate separated in 1998 after five years together, including a two-year engagement

Speaking on Channel Seven’s Sunrise on Thursday, the 44-year-old said: ‘I was so shocked for James to step away from his business.

‘The man I knew then, his business was the love of his life and he was never going to give up the business. I thought for a man who is so passionate he must be really really suffering.’ 

MARIAH CAREY

I don't know him! One person unlikely to be reaching out to James is ex-fiancée Mariah Carey. The businessman has described their brief engagement as a 'mistake' for both of them

I don’t know him! One person unlikely to be reaching out to James is ex-fiancée Mariah Carey. The businessman has described their brief engagement as a ‘mistake’ for both of them

One person unlikely to be reaching out to James is ex-fiancée Mariah Carey.

James has described their brief engagement as a ‘mistake’ for both of them, adding that they came together during a difficult time in his life.

In October, he told The Weekend Australian he was in debt and his Hollywood ventures were in crisis when they first met in 2015.

They got engaged in January 2016 after a whirlwind romance, but had split by October that year.

In November 2017, James reportedly paid Mariah a multi-million dollar settlement.

DAVID GYNGELL

End of a friendship? James had a public punch-up with Nine Network boss David Gyngell on the streets of Bondi in 2014

End of a friendship? James had a public punch-up with Nine Network boss David Gyngell on the streets of Bondi in 2014

James had a public punch-up with Nine Network boss David Gyngell on the streets of Bondi in 2014.

According to Private Sydney, David declined to comment on James’ eventful week.

However, the SMH column noted that David has told pals he will ‘always love’ the troubled casino mogul.

It remains to be seen if the old friends will be able to put their Sydney street fight behind them.  

BRETT RATNER

Breaking up the RatPac: According to Private Sydney, James now has 'little to do with' movie producer Brett Ratner (second from right)

Breaking up the RatPac: According to Private Sydney, James now has ‘little to do with’ movie producer Brett Ratner (second from right)

According to Private Sydney, James now has ‘little to do with’ movie producer Brett Ratner.

Their Hollywood partnership RatPac drained James’ fortune. He sold his stake in the film company last year.

In unrelated events, Brett was also accused of sexual misconduct amid the #MeToo movement.



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