Only months after reconciling their relationship after a ‘sexting’ scandal, NRL star Sam and wife Phoebe Burgess have reportedly broken up again.
While the devastating news might come as a shock to some, there were a number of signs their reunion became strained soon after getting back together.
In one telling marker, WAG Phoebe has not shared a single upload to her Instagram account with, or of, Sam – who is the father of their two children – since June.
Split: Phoebe Burgess hasn’t shared a pic with Sam (both pictured) in four months as she ‘makes their children the priority’ amid new split rumours for the glamorous couple
Phoebe and Sam first announced their split in December 2018, but said they had reconciled five months later in April.
The last family snap Phoebe shared of herself and Sam was when they visited Sydney’s Taronga Zoo with their two children on June 11, four months ago.
Phoebe playfully laughed in the upload as both she and Sam fed a giraffe at the zoo, with their two-year-old daughter, Poppy.
‘The zookeeper said to watch out for head butting… I told the giraffes the same thing,’ Phoebe cheerfully wrote in the caption.
Nowhere to be seen: Phoebe tellingly last shared this snap of a family outing with Sam and their children Poppy, 2, and Billy, 10 months, at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo back in June
Phoebe is known for her combination of beauty and brains, but while she was once a fixture in fashion circles, she has all-but retreated from the public spotlight.
The 30-year-old has instead thrown herself into raising her two young children, Poppy and Billy, and making them her priority.
Despite being one of the country’s most recognisable WAGS, Phoebe also appears to be slowing down her busy work schedule of late.
The former journalist has instead focused on her major ambassadorship with heath goods giant, Johnson & Johnson.
Doting: Known for her brains and beauty, stunning Phoebe – who was once a fixture in fashion circles – has all but retreated from public life. Here with children Poppy, 2, and Billy, 10 months
In another sign that Phoebe’s marriage may have been in trouble, she has been making frequent trips to her parents home in Bowral.
Phoebe is known to be from a close-knit family, and has recently spent a lot of time at her family’s home in the picturesque Southern Highlands.
It comes amid reports the pair have now ended their relationship again, after first splitting in December last year.
Sam is said to have moved out of their $3.8 million home in the beachside suburb of Maroubra in the past few weeks.
Despite the rumours, Phoebe has been pictured with her ring on in recent weeks.
Family time: Phoebe has also been making frequent trips to her parents home in the upscale town of Bowral, in the picturesque Southern Highlands
‘They tried to give it a go but it just didn’t work,’ a source told the Sunday Telegraph amid rumours of another split.
Phoebe has reportedly stayed in the family’s home in the city’s eastern suburbs.
‘The most important thing for them is that their children are happy and healthy, that is their priority,’ the source added.
‘Sam and I will have good days and we’ll have trying days’: In April, Phoebe confirmed that the couple had reconciled after their initial split, but admitted things aren’t ‘perfect’
In April, Phoebe confirmed to Stellar magazine that the couple had reconciled after their initial split in December, but admitted things aren’t ‘perfect’.
‘Every person on this planet who is married knows it isn’t perfect. It’s never going to be perfect… Sam and I will have good days and we’ll have trying days,’ she said.
Phoebe added that the reason for their split, and the details of their reconciliation, ‘will always and forever just be between Sam and I’.
Their split came after Sam was embroiled in a ‘sexting’ scandal involving his South Sydney Rabbitohs teammates, and he moved out of their home before Christmas.
He was later cleared of any wrongdoing by his NRL club.
History: Sam and Phoebe, 30, first met at an Avicii concert in Sydney back in January 2014, and went on to marry in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales in December 2015