Jesinta Campbell and Buddy Franklin are an unlikely couple. He has a 'bad boy' image and she is the wholesome former Miss Universe Australia.
After splitting with his girlfriend of four years, Buddy met and fell for Jesinta hard. He was living in Melbourne and playing for the Hawthorn Hawks and Jesinta was based in Sydney so he negotiated a $10 million, 9 year deal with the Sydney Swans and the couple settled in Bondi.
In 2014 he played in the AFL Grand Final in his debut season against his old team Hawthorn Hawks, but lost.
Now we learn that Buddy has checked himself into a five week, doctor supervised program at a private hospital near Wollongong which specialises in mental health, alcohol withdrawal and addiction recovery.
But Jesinta isn't worried. She said last night "look what my fiance is going through at the moment... he's going to be a better partner for me for being vulnerable and standing up and saying that he's struggling with something...he's going to be a better father to our children."
But an anonymous insider said "He sees this as his last chance, Buddy has always partied hard and it's no secret he loves a drink but those benders have always caused concern and on more than one occasion, started infidelity rumours. It was just a matter of time before they caught up with him, and something had to change."
Earlier this year Jesinta copped a backlash on morning television for supporting Indonesia's decision to execute by firing squad two of the Bali 9 drug smugglers. Yet she intends to marry into a culture where drugs and alcohol are a part of everyday life.
I hope this delightful girl with untapped potential doesn't make the mistake of believing she has the power to change the man she loves. It doesn't work that way, and it never will.