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Nadia Bartel makes her first public appearance since splitting from Jimmy

Nadia Bartel has made her first public appearance since announcing her split from retired AFL star husband Jimmy earlier this month.

The 34-year-old fashion blogger attended the ‘Women Driving Change’ event hosted by Mercedes-Benz at the Port Melbourne Yacht Club on Wednesday.

According to onlookers, she looked ‘confident and happy’ while posing for photographers but ‘raced upstairs as soon as the crowds arrived’.

Feeling the strain: Nadia Bartel has made her first public appearance since announcing her split from retired AFL star husband Jimmy earlier this month. Pictured at the ‘Women Driving Change’ event hosted by Mercedes-Benz at the Port Melbourne Yacht Club on Wednesday

The source added: ‘When she got upstairs, she surrounded herself with minders.’ 

Nadia looked glamorous as she posed in front of the media wall in a high-neck longsleeve crop top and matching flared pants.

The former WAG teamed her bright yellow ensemble with beige pointy heels, and styled her balayage hair in loose waves. 

Cheerful: For much of the event, Nadia seemed upbeat as she chatted to other guests

Cheerful: For much of the event, Nadia seemed upbeat as she chatted to other guests

She's with her entourage! Nadia smiled and laughed while surrounded by her minders

She's with her entourage! Nadia smiled and laughed while surrounded by her minders

 She’s with her entourage! Nadia smiled and laughed while surrounded by her minders

She spoke at the ‘Women Driving Change’ luncheon at 1pm, but failed to discuss her marriage breakdown.

The in-conversation event marked Nadia’s first time in the spotlight since her split with Jimmy, 35, was made public on August 15.

For much of the event, she seemed upbeat as she chatted to other guests while surrounded by her minders.

But she also displayed a mix of emotions, and was seen staring sadly down at her hand where her wedding ring used to be.

Mixed emotions: Elsewhere, Nadia looked downcast and deep in thought at the event

Mixed emotions: Elsewhere, Nadia looked downcast and deep in thought at the event

Moment of reflection: At one stage, she placed her hands together and gazed into the distance

Moment of reflection: At one stage, she placed her hands together and gazed into the distance

How times have changed: Nadia stared forlornly down at her bare hand, where she once used to wear her diamond engagement ring

How times have changed: Nadia stared forlornly down at her bare hand, where she once used to wear her diamond engagement ring

The Bartels, who were long considered one of the AFL’s ‘glamour couples’, quietly separated months ago and the Geelong Cats legend is now said to be in a ‘long-term relationship’ with British-based Australian socialite Lauren Mand.

Nadia is said to be ‘bracing herself’ for more details of her husband’s private life to be made public in the coming weeks.

According to the Herald Sun, she is preparing for the worst amid rumours Jimmy’s new girlfriend is enjoying her notoriety and wants to ‘make headlines’.

Lauren, who recently flew to Melbourne, has reportedly ‘been referring to Jimmy as her boyfriend’ despite the fact he is married with two children. 

Keeping a low profile? According to onlookers, Nadia looked 'confident' while posing for photographers but 'raced upstairs as soon as the crowds arrived'

Keeping a low profile? According to onlookers, Nadia looked ‘confident’ while posing for photographers but ‘raced upstairs as soon as the crowds arrived’ 

Glamazon: The 34-year-old former WAG styled her balayage hair in loose waves

Glamazon: The 34-year-old former WAG styled her balayage hair in loose waves 

Working the angles: Nadia twirled on the red carpet to reveal the backless detail of her top

Working the angles: Nadia twirled on the red carpet to reveal the backless detail of her top

Stylish: Nadia looked glamorous in a high-neck longsleeve crop top and matching flared pants. Pictured with Susan Alberti AC (centre) and Adelene Teh (right)

Stylish: Nadia looked glamorous in a high-neck longsleeve crop top and matching flared pants. Pictured with Susan Alberti AC (centre) and Adelene Teh (right)

Agony: Meanwhile, Nadia is said to be 'bracing herself' for more details of her husband's private life to be made public in the coming weeks. Pictured in September 2011 in Melbourne

Agony: Meanwhile, Nadia is said to be ‘bracing herself’ for more details of her husband’s private life to be made public in the coming weeks. Pictured in September 2011 in Melbourne

Having long been regarded as one of the league’s ‘glamour couples’, the end of the Bartels’ marriage has seen rumours swirl in recent weeks. 

The footy legend had travelled to London in June for what was ostensibly a holiday to watch the Wimbledon tennis tournament.

But last week Nadia hinted that he was actually spending time with Lauren.

Notorious: The Bartels, who were long considered one of the AFL 's 'glamour couples', quietly separated months ago and the Geelong Cats legend is now said to be in a 'long-term relationship' with British-based Australian socialite Lauren Mand (pictured)

Notorious: The Bartels, who were long considered one of the AFL ‘s ‘glamour couples’, quietly separated months ago and the Geelong Cats legend is now said to be in a ‘long-term relationship’ with British-based Australian socialite Lauren Mand (pictured)

‘It’s been a very difficult month for me and the boys,’ she told the Herald Sun.

‘Although I’m heartbroken, I don’t want to comment specifically on what’s been reported about Jim’s trip to the UK as I don’t think it’s in anyone’s interest.

‘My single focus now is to continue to protect, care and provide for my two beautiful boys as this is a personal matter.’  

According to friends of the couple, the break-up had come out of the blue and Nadia was ‘blindsided’ by the end of her marriage. 

Claims: According to the Herald Sun, Lauren has 'long been referring to Jimmy as her boyfriend', despite the fact he is married with two children. Pictured: The Bartels on June 2

Claims: According to the Herald Sun, Lauren has ‘long been referring to Jimmy as her boyfriend’, despite the fact he is married with two children. Pictured: The Bartels on June 2

It comes after the Bartels were pictured having a tense reunion outside of Nadia’s mother’s house in Middle Park, Melbourne on Thursday.

The WAG looked furious during the encounter, glaring angrily at her estranged husband as he handed over the couple’s son Henley in a parking lot.

According to an onlooker, the pair ‘hardly interacted or spoke’ during the handover and Nadia ‘wasted no time’ getting Henley and running back inside.

Looking for attention? Nadia is apparently preparing for the worst amid rumours Jimmy's new girlfriend Lauren (pictured) is enjoying her notoriety and wants to 'make headlines'

Looking for attention? Nadia is apparently preparing for the worst amid rumours Jimmy’s new girlfriend Lauren (pictured) is enjoying her notoriety and wants to ‘make headlines’

He said, she said! Jimmy had travelled to London in June for what was ostensibly a holiday to watch the Wimbledon tennis tournament. But last week Nadia hinted that he was actually spending time with Lauren (right, with a friend)

He said, she said! Jimmy had travelled to London in June for what was ostensibly a holiday to watch the Wimbledon tennis tournament. But last week Nadia hinted that he was actually spending time with Lauren (right, with a friend) 

The Bartels’ reunion – the first time they had been seen together since announcing their separation earlier this month – was apparently ‘over in a minute’.

The mother-of-two left her shared home with Jimmy in mid-June, and moved in with her parents ‘permanently’ in July.

It’s believed the split has been a long time coming, with a neighbour saying the Bartels have rarely been seen together over the past year.

Jilted: Nadia, who shares two sons with Jimmy, is pictured breaking down in tears outside her mother's house in Melbourne last Wednesday

Jilted: Nadia, who shares two sons with Jimmy, is pictured breaking down in tears outside her mother’s house in Melbourne last Wednesday

What went wrong? Having long been regarded as one of the league's 'glamour couples', the end of the Bartels' marriage has seen rumours swirl in recent weeks

What went wrong? Having long been regarded as one of the league’s ‘glamour couples’, the end of the Bartels’ marriage has seen rumours swirl in recent weeks

‘Last year we saw Nadia at cafés in the area frequently with her parents and kids, but Jimmy was never with her,’ the source claimed.

The Bartels’ split was first announced on August 15, just days after fans noticed the couple were no longer following each other on Instagram.

Jimmy and Nadia married in February 2014 in a lavish ceremony near Melbourne and are parents to sons Aston, three, and Henley, 10 months.

In happier times: The Bartels, who married in 2014 and share custody of two sons, Aston, three, and Henley, 10 months, had long been considered one of the AFL's leading couples

In happier times: The Bartels, who married in 2014 and share custody of two sons, Aston, three, and Henley, 10 months, had long been considered one of the AFL’s leading couples

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