‘I have great sympathy for what Karl is going through’
THE Stefanovic identify is not any stranger to headlines and the previous six months have been no exception.
In March, Weekend Immediately host Peter Stefanovic and his older brother Karl had been embroiled in a telephone recording scandal, dubbed Ubergate, after a dialog between the siblings was launched to the media by an Uber driver.
And this week, Peter’s spouse and Immediately present newsreader Sylvia Jeffreys was compelled to hit again at rumours of hassle of their year-old marriage.
In an unique interview to kick off information.com.au’s new podcast collection Balls Deep, Peter Stefanovic admits the eye on each of their personal lives has been onerous to take and nearly led to him and Jeffreys eloping.
Talking simply earlier than the now-infamous Uber telephone name scandal, Peter acknowledged the “damage” his brother typically went via within the media, saying their surname got here with the curse of fixed public scrutiny.
“[Karl] is in new territory,” Peter mentioned of his brother’s media consideration.
“However he handles it very effectively. Like, are you able to think about them following you round? He doesn’t do the Kanye and lash out and seize … He hasn’t had the meltdown but … as a lot as he’s in all probability felt like doing that.”
Karl has copped a barrage of damaging headlines since his high-profile divorce in September 2016 to Cassandra Thorburn, with whom he shares three children. Media curiosity was additionally feverish when it was revealed he had moved on with former-model-turned-shoe-designer Jasmine Yarbrough, who’s 10 years his junior.
The 36-year-old mentioned whereas Karl was “battling away” after the unhealthy press, however he was completely satisfied, particularly when it got here to his relationship with Yarbrough.
“He’s a superb man, I like him,” Stefanovic mentioned. “If somebody is hurting, you damage with them.
“He’s battling away, and he appears actually completely satisfied for the time being. Work goes effectively for him, the brand new present goes effectively and his relationship is clearly going very well and he’s completely satisfied, and what extra are you able to ask for.
“I simply hope that his children are all proper.”
On Monday, Peter’s personal personal life was hurled onto the duvet of Australian gossip journal New Thought, with the shiny suggesting his marriage with Jeffreys was in hassle.
The story, headlined “New relationship hell” pushed Jeffreys to name out the story on-line — which mentioned pair had been having relationship points after the Ubergate scandal.
“Immediately’s providing from the ‘Fabricated Tales Primarily based on Unflattering Paparazzi Photographs’ file. Why no byline @newideamagazine?#itsanextensivefile,” Jeffreys posted on her Instagram account.
Since they tied the knot in 2017, the pair have been challenged with navigating a wedding within the public eye, with tabloid magazines typically utilizing their relationship as weekly fodder.
Talking of his marriage ceremony day, which happened at a non-public property within the Kangaroo Valley in April final yr, Peter mentioned the pair thought-about eloping, due to the rising paparazzi curiosity of their personal life.
“We each type of at all times felt uncomfortable round that [paparazzi],” he mentioned.
“We’re simply journalists on the finish of the day. We did take into consideration [eloping] after we realised there may be doubtlessly a drone concerned. We thought possibly we must always simply do one thing beforehand shortly at dwelling after which have the social gathering afterwards.
“However then we thought, nah don’t fear about it. Let’s simply keep it up and do what we had been initially going to do and have an enormous social gathering. And that’s what it was on the finish of the day, only a actually good social gathering.”
Peter mentioned the eye didn’t dwindle after their marriage ceremony day, and it had resulted within the pair avoiding a few of their favorite public locations merely to keep away from the paps.
“Sylvia doesn’t like going to the seaside anymore,” he mentioned.
“And I don’t like going as a result of she’s not there. You attempt to ignore it, you attempt to keep it up but it surely’s nonetheless onerous to get used to … so I’ve nice sympathy for what Karl goes via with all of that, as a result of it may be unrelenting.”
Peter mentioned the curiosity in his marriage ceremony day was solely heightened by his brother Karl’s attendance, whose marriage had fallen aside solely months prior.
“Karl had a good bit to do with it [paparazzi],” Peter mentioned.
“Not in a nasty means — he’s my brother and I like him — however there’s a sure enchantment in our surname, the household identify, and Sylvia is in that household, so we’ve got turn into a little bit of a squad.”
Peter mentioned he knew very early on that he would marry Sylvia, so he didn’t take heed to the numerous voices pressuring him to pop the query.
“There was by no means any doubt,” he mentioned.
“[A lot of people asked about the engagement] on-line, however that got here from a pleasant place. I used to be very a lot in charge of what was happening.
“I at all times thought after I was youthful that 35 can be a pleasant age to get married. And I used to be 35 ultimately, and all of it went very well.”
Peter — who celebrated his one yr marriage ceremony anniversary with Jeffreys in April — mentioned the main target had now turned on when the pair would have kids, a query he admits often falls to Sylvia.
“Now we have had that [question] ever since we received married,” he mentioned.
“Persons are focused on the entire circle of life factor, and the circle of a relationship. It’s one thing that we need to do … I really feel like I’d be lacking out if I didn’t have a child, however we’re each fairly busy with our work for the time being and we nonetheless have a little bit of time on our facet so we’re completely satisfied simply to concentrate on work.”
Hearken to Pete Stefanovic’s full interview now on Balls Deep. Hearken to and obtain it on information.com.au or iTunes.
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