Ryan Phelan’s girlfriend, Chelsea Franklin, painted a picture of a happy and healthy relationship in their last photos together on Instagram.
In the pictures from June 8, the ballet teacher, 44, appeared to be in high spirits as she cosied up to the former Channel Seven presenter at his 45th birthday party at the Royal Oak Hotel in Sydney’s Double Bay.
Franklin, who began dating Phelan in April 2018, wrote in the gushing caption: ‘Happy Birthday @ryanphelan_tv. Halfway through level four! I’m not too far behind.
‘Wishing you a wonderful day and year ahead. I love you… forever. #HBD #Lover #CelebratingYou.’
It has been a quick fall from grace for Phelan, who has been charged with assaulting Franklin at their newly-bought $2.16million Frenchs Forest home in Sydney’s northern beaches on Saturday.
In happier times: Ryan Phelan’s girlfriend, Chelsea Franklin, painted a picture of a happy and healthy relationship in their last photos together on Instagram
He presented himself at Manly Police Station just after 8pm on Monday and was interviewed by detectives.
The father of two – who lost his job as host of afternoon entertainment program The Daily Edition when it was axed last week – was later charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and is expected to appear before a court on June 30.
NSW Police confirmed to Daily Mail Australia a 45-year-old man had been charged.
‘On Saturday 20 June 2020 a 44-year-old woman attended Frenchs Forest Police station to report an alleged domestic violence incident that occurred at her home in Frenchs Forest,’ they said in a statement.
Birthday boy: In the pictures from June 8, the former Channel Seven presenter celebrated his 45th birthday party at the Royal Oak Hotel in Sydney’s Double Bay
‘Love you forever’: Chelsea, who began dating Ryan in April 2018, added a gushing caption
Police first began investigating the matter on Monday before arresting Phelan later that evening.
He was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, as well as common assault.
The alleged incident comes just days after Phelan’s Channel Seven daytime show, The Daily Edition, was axed.
Squad: Ryan was surrounded by family and friends at his 45th birthday party
Back in time: Ryan’s cake was decorated with a throwback picture of the former TV heartthrob
Sunrise newsreader Natalie Barr had the unfortunate task of reporting on her ex-colleague’s arrest on Tuesday morning.
The 52-year-old journalist read a statement shortly after 8:30am confirming that Ryan wouldn’t be returning to Channel Seven after he was charged with allegedly assaulting his girlfriend on Saturday.
The network had been left blindsided by news of Phelan’s arrest, Barr explained, and executives hadn’t been informed of the incident until Monday night.
She read: ‘Former Seven presenter Ryan Phelan has been charged over an alleged domestic violence incident after voluntarily going to a police station.
‘He was charged with assault and occasioning bodily harm against his partner.’
The stony-faced reporter concluded: ‘Ryan Phelan won’t be returning to Seven. The network was unaware of the incident until notified last night.’
Earlier this year Phelan and Ms Franklin purchased their lavish Frenchs Forest home after being outbid for several other properties.
‘We BOUGHT a house! Blessed beyond measure,’ Ms Franklin wrote on social media at the time.
Before starting a relationship with Ms Franklin in April 2018, Phelan had a string of romances.
Downfall: It has been a quick fall from grace for Phelan, who was charged on Monday with assaulting Franklin at their newly-bought $2.16million Frenchs Forest home in Sydney’s northern beaches on Saturday
Taken off the air: The alleged incident comes just days after Phelan’s Channel Seven daytime show, The Daily Edition, was cancelled. Pictured with co-host Sally Obermeder
The TV presenter married his childhood sweetheart at the age of 18 when he was an aspiring journalist and the pair welcomed two children. The pair divorced eight years later.
He was briefly engaged to widow Trisha Broadbridge, whose AFL star husband Troy died in the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in Thailand
The pair called off their engagement in 2006 a month before he was due to move the United States for a role with ESPN, which eventually fell through.
Phelan remarried in 2015, but the pair quietly split after two years together.
He made headlines again in 2018 after enjoying a whirlwind two-month romance with escort Samantha X, before starting a relationship with Chelsea in April that year.
Stony-faced: Sunrise newsreader Natalie Barr (pictured) had the unfortunate task of reporting on her ex-colleague Ryan Phelan’s arrest on Tuesday morning