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Tania Buckley shares VERY classy tribute to ex-husband Nathan Buckley

Tania Buckley (née Minnici) has paid tribute to her former husband, Nathan Buckley after he celebrated his final AFL game as Collingwood coach on Monday.

The former WAG commented on a video shared to Instagram by the Magpies official account on Thursday. 

The clip, which was a preview for the program Nathan Buckley: The Next Step, showed the AFL legend, 48, at the SCG with the couple’s sons, Jett, 14, and Ayce, 12, ahead of his final match.

Class: Tania Buckley (née Minnici) paid tribute to her former husband, Nathan Buckley after he celebrated his final AFL game as Collingwood coach on Monday. Pictured together in 2018

Tania commented under the video: ‘So proud’ and added a love heart emoji. 

A fan was quite to reply on the comment, which had close to 40 ‘likes’, writing, ‘you are very classy’. 

The champion midfielder announced his split from his wife of 18 years last December. 

Clip: The former WAG commented on a video shared to Instagram by the Magpies official account on Thursday. The clip, a preview for the program Nathan Buckley: The Next Step, showed the AFL legend, 48, at the SCG with the couple's sons, Jett, 14, and Ayce, 12, ahead of his final match

Clip: The former WAG commented on a video shared to Instagram by the Magpies official account on Thursday. The clip, a preview for the program Nathan Buckley: The Next Step, showed the AFL legend, 48, at the SCG with the couple’s sons, Jett, 14, and Ayce, 12, ahead of his final match

Tania commented under the video: 'So proud' and added a love heart emoji

Tania commented under the video: ‘So proud’ and added a love heart emoji

News of his relationship with glamorous cosmetic nurse Alex Pike, 42,  emerged just weeks later. 

Nathan led the Magpies for the final time as they took on competition leaders Melbourne Demons in their Queen’s Birthday clash at the SCG. 

It was a bittersweet final match for the coach, with Collingwood scoring a 17-point win over Melbourne. 

Split: The champion midfielder announced his split from his wife of 18 years last December

 Split: The champion midfielder announced his split from his wife of 18 years last December

New romance: News of his relationship with glamorous cosmetic nurse Alex Pike, 42, (pictured) emerged just weeks later

New romance: News of his relationship with glamorous cosmetic nurse Alex Pike, 42, (pictured) emerged just weeks later

Nathan was flanked by his sons, who cheered on their dad before embracing him after the win. 

The coach was congratulated by team and crew alike, and appeared in great spirits ahead of his departure. 

While his sons kept close to their dad, Nathan’s new girlfriend Alex was nowhere to be seen. 

Final: Nathan led the Magpies for the final time as they took on competition leaders Melbourne Demons in their Queen's Birthday clash at the SCG

Final: Nathan led the Magpies for the final time as they took on competition leaders Melbourne Demons in their Queen’s Birthday clash at the SCG

Sweet: Nathan was flanked by his sons, who cheered on their dad before embracing him after the win

 Sweet: Nathan was flanked by his sons, who cheered on their dad before embracing him after the win

Win: It was a bittersweet final match for the coach, with Collingwood scoring a 17-point win over Melbourne

Win: It was a bittersweet final match for the coach, with Collingwood scoring a 17-point win over Melbourne 

The nurse appeared to have sat out the game at home, leaving Nathan to spend some quality time with his sons.    

Buckley stepping aside from his beloved Magpies shocked many footy fans, with the popular opinion being he was pushed out of the poorly performing team.  

Several well-placed sources suggested Buckley fell out of favour with the current playing squad, which accelerated his departure. 

Not there: While his sons kept close to their dad, Nathan's new girlfriend Alex was nowhere to be seen

Not there: While his sons kept close to their dad, Nathan’s new girlfriend Alex was nowhere to be seen

Home: The glamorous cosmetic nurse appeared to have sat out the game at home, leaving Nathan to spend some quality time with his sons. Pictured prior to the game

Home: The glamorous cosmetic nurse appeared to have sat out the game at home, leaving Nathan to spend some quality time with his sons. Pictured prior to the game 

He took over as head coach from Mick Malthouse in 2012, but has remained tight-lipped about his shock decision to leave.  

Alex was one of the first to publicly show support for her man following the announcement of his departure on social media.

She labelled Buckley a ‘powerhouse’ on one of Collingwood’s many Instagram tributes.  

Moves: Buckley stepping aside from his beloved Magpies shocked many footy fans, with the popular opinion being he was pushed out of the poorly performing team

Moves: Buckley stepping aside from his beloved Magpies shocked many footy fans, with the popular opinion being he was pushed out of the poorly performing team

Claims: Several well-placed sources suggested Buckley fell out of favour with the current playing squad, which accelerated his departure

Claims: Several well-placed sources suggested Buckley fell out of favour with the current playing squad, which accelerated his departure 

Alex also shared a quote about ‘letting go’ – seemingly a reference to Nathan’s decision to quit his role with the Magpies after nine years.  

‘As we let go of adventures no longer meant for us, we brought new ones aligned with our magic,’ she wrote on Instagram.

She earlier shared two other cryptic quotes: ‘Comfort zones: If you live in one too long… that becomes your norm. Get comfortable being uncomfortable.’

Support: Alex was one of the first to publicly show support for her man following the announcement of his departure on social media

Support: Alex was one of the first to publicly show support for her man following the announcement of his departure on social media

The second read: ‘What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.’      

Alex and Nathan, who have known each other since at least the start of the year, were pictured together for the first time last month.

The romance between the new couple is said to be ‘effortless’.

Loved up: The romance between the new couple is said to be 'effortless'

Loved up: The romance between the new couple is said to be ‘effortless’

‘They are happy. It’s all good. It’s just very easy and comfortable really. They have a genuine connection,’ a friend of the couple told The Herald Sun.

The source added that Alex isn’t after fame, and isn’t ‘daunted’ by the attention that comes with being a WAG either.   

Alex sent tongues wagging on Thursday, as she shared a string of pictures wearing a huge diamond ring – which at first glance appeared to be sitting on her engagement finger, however was in fact a mirror image, with the ring in reality on her right hand. 

Talk of the town! Alex sent tongues wagging on Thursday, as she shared a string of pictures wearing a huge diamond ring - which at first glance appeared to be sitting on her engagement finger, however was in fact a mirror image, with the ring in reality on her right hand

Talk of the town! Alex sent tongues wagging on Thursday, as she shared a string of pictures wearing a huge diamond ring – which at first glance appeared to be sitting on her engagement finger, however was in fact a mirror image, with the ring in reality on her right hand

Delay: Tania split from Nathan in January last year, but did not confirm their break-up until December - and she appears to be putting her failed marriage behind her

Delay: Tania split from Nathan in January last year, but did not confirm their break-up until December – and she appears to be putting her failed marriage behind her

Tania split from Nathan in January last year, but did not confirm their break-up until December – and she appears to be putting her failed marriage behind her.   

After being separated for more than a year, Tania made the decision earlier this month to remove Nathan from her Instagram profile. 

Tania had triumphantly returned to social media just days earlier to debut her stunning transformation as a single woman, updating her fashion sense and paying tribute to friends who had supported her. 

While she’s changed her look, Tania has kept the last name ‘Buckley’ on her Instagram handle.  

Red hot! She appears to be putting her failed marriage behind her. She returned to social media to debut her stunning transformation as a single woman and paid tribute to friends who had supported her

Red hot! She appears to be putting her failed marriage behind her. She returned to social media to debut her stunning transformation as a single woman and paid tribute to friends who had supported her

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