Who is Danika Mason’s ex? Inside the life of Todd Liubinskas
Danika Mason, 30, calling off her wedding to Todd Liubinskas just three weeks out from the big day has led to many asking just who her ex is.
Anyone with an interest in rugby league or television knows who the Channel Nine host is, but they are far less clear about her 40-year-old now former partner.
Guests who had accepted invitations to the couple’s wedding, including a number of high-profile media identities, were told of its cancellation last week.
Mason, who is said to be ‘heartbroken’ and ‘devastated’, was on screen for Nine’s coverage of the NRL preliminary finals last weekend despite the wedding being off.
Mr Liubinskas, who works in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, is far from a household name, but has still managed to get 12,000 followers on social media.
Danika Mason (right) called off her wedding to Todd Liubinskas (left) just three weeks out from their wedding
Danika Mason is pictured without her engagement ring after calling off her wedding to Todd Liubinskas
The son of former Western Suburbs and Balmain rugby league player Mick Liubinskas, he grew up in Sydney’s inner west where, he once said, he ‘pretty much did every sport until I was a teenager’.
Mr Liubinskas is a friend of celebrity fitness coach Michelle Bridges who was there for her following her break-up with Steve ‘The Commando’ Willis three years ago.
The pair were pictured horsing around on the beach with their close friendship spurring headlines such as: ‘Meet the man making Michelle Bridges smile again’.
The strength and conditioning coach was making another woman smile at the time, saying he had a girlfriend, but declining to say who she was.
It soon became known the mystery belle was Mason with the pair getting engaged in July 2021 when Mr Liubinskas asked for her hand in marriage.
Bridges said at the time of the rumours about them in 2020 that she had known Mr Liubinskas for years and he visited her in hospital when her son Axel was born.
‘I admire Todd for working grassroots, holding people’s hands and talking them off the ledge, rather than it being all show for Instagram,’ she said of her friend.
Mr Liubinskas celebrated his 40th birthday two weeks ago, writing on Instagram about the party that ’40 feels good!’
He added ‘Thanks for the love! An epic surprise’, tagging Mason into the message.
It is unclear why the wedding has been called off, but Daily Mail Australia revealed that he asked Mason, through a third party, for the diamond engagement ring back.
The pair was last seen together arm-in-arm in mid-September at the launch of the new BYD electric car and showroom in Alexandria, in Sydney’s inner south.
The couple, who share a chocolate Labrador together called Charlie, were seen smiling and posing for photos together at the event
In June, Mason proudly shared a video of Charlie helping her unbox a Margarita tasting kit that was set to be put into action at their wedding reception.
Todd Liubinskas (pictured with Danika Mason) works in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach
The couple was last seen publicly together at an event to launch the new BYD electric car and showroom in Alexandria (pictured with soccer legend Tim Cahill, centre)
‘The best part of planning a wedding… doing the Margarita tastings,’ she captioned the post.
Mr Liubinskas was recently approached by Married At First Sight producers to star on the hit reality show for singles.
Show-runners were seemingly unaware he was engaged to Mason.
He told Daily Mail Australia at the time: ‘Lol… I shut it down pretty quickly.’
It is not yet known if he may now reconsider the offer.
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