Former high-class escort Samantha X was totally blindsided when she was dumped by TV personality Ryan Phelan, but now sees it as a blessing in disguise.
The Channel Seven presenter was interviewed by police on Monday night after his live-in girlfriend Chelsea Franklin accused him of domestic violence.
He was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault over the alleged incident, which police believe occurred inside his $2.16million home in Frenchs Forest on Saturday night.
The couple began dating in April 2018, just three months after his ‘intense’ whirlwind romance with Samantha X (real name Amanda Goff) abruptly ended.
Former high-class escort Samantha X was totally blindsided when she was dumped by TV personality Ryan Phelan (pictured together), but now sees it as a blessing in disguise
Samantha quit her job as an escort when she began dating Phelan, but returned to her beloved career post-split
On Tuesday morning, Samantha told Daily Mail Australia she was blindsided by the separation, but feels like she ‘dodged a bullet’ in hindsight.
‘I went to a very dark place after Ryan ended our relationship,’ she said.
‘While I never spoke publicly about what happened, I will say I am thankful to have dodged a bullet.’
She said she was constantly made to feel as though she had dragged Phelan’s reputation down, but ignored potential red flags because she ‘fell for his charm.’
‘I wanted to believe the dream could come true,’ she said. ‘It was intense and emotional, driven by Ryan.’
Samantha refused to comment on the details of her relationship with Phelan, but said any form of domestic violence is a ‘low, low act’.
Phelan previously enjoyed a whirlwind romance with former escort Samantha X (right)
After a successful career as a journalist and beauty editor within the Australian media industry, she was desperate to try something new – and never looked back until her relationship with Phelan
‘It was constantly pointed out that I was bad for his image… I could have ruined his TV career because of my legal profession… it was highly ironic.’
But she credited the distressing break up for turning her life around.
‘Like any rock bottom, it was a turning point for me. I got sober soon after, and started to regain my self-confidence,’ she said.
‘Nothing is stronger than a woman who has rebuilt herself.’
Samantha quit her job as an escort when she began dating Phelan, but returned to her beloved career post-split.
She first began escorting age 37 after she divorced her husband and father of her children.
After a successful career as a journalist and beauty editor within the Australian media industry, she was desperate to try something new – and never looked back until her relationship with Phelan.
On Tuesday, Samantha told Daily Mail Australia she was blindsided by the separation
She now works primarily as a companion, which she ‘finds more empowering’ than most of her past relationships.
On the current allegations against Phelan, Samantha just wanted to send her best to his partner, Ms Franklin.
The 44-year-old broke down in tears on Tuesday when approached by Daily Mail Australia and said she believed the alleged assault was a ‘horrible mistake’.
She admitted she ‘still loves him’ and said the pressure of recently losing his job as a host on The Daily Edition had taken its toll on their relationship.
Phelan’s daily news entertainment show was axed last Friday after seven years on air.
In a statement, NSW Police said: ‘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.’
Phelan is due to face Manly Local Court on Tuesday, June 30.
Phelan, 45, allegedly assaulted Ms Franklin on Saturday night inside their $2.16 million home in Frenchs Forest, in Sydney’s north. The dance teacher made a report on Saturday, but her TV star boyfriend was not arrested and charged by NSW Police until Monday evening
Chelsea Franklin (pictured) has broken down in tears and told of her ‘devastation’ after her she was allegedly assaulted by her TV star boyfriend Ryan Phelan at their Frenchs Forest home on Saturday night