Just a couple of months ago Kyly Clarke and James Courtney were enjoying a fairytale reunion.
Her high-profile separation from cricket great Michael Clarke opened the door for the childhood sweethearts to reconnect and they couldn’t help sharing it with the rest of Australia.
From passionate kissing trackside while he competed at Bathurst, to cute posts on social media to even giving themselves a nickname, Kyly and James couldn’t have seemed more into each other.
But earlier this month it was reported the whirlwind romance had run its course because of the difficulty in maintaining a relationship while she lived in Sydney with her daughter, Kelsey Lee, and he resided on the Gold Coast.
Since then they’ve gone rather quiet. Neither has confirmed the split and both still have photos of each other on their Instagram pages.
But their followers have also noticed James continuing to comment on Kyly’s recent posts as recently as Tuesday.
James, 40, has been posting selfies and been spotted on exclusive dating app Raya in the wake of their reported split.
His 16-year marriage with ex-wife Carys broke down in messy fashion in 2017 and he was forced to fight for custody of his two children.
He used to race at the same go-karting club as Kyly’s brother Troy when they were kids and the pair have known each other since she was 11.
Kyly is a longtime motorsports fan and was a V8 grid girl in her younger days, crowned Miss Indy in 1999.
Kyly and Michael confirmed their separation in February, revealing they had split in 2019 before making a public announcement months later.
“After living apart for some time, we have made the difficult decision to separate as a couple, amicably,” their statement read.
“With the greatest of respect for each other, we’ve come to the mutual conclusion that this is the best course for us to take while committed to the co-parenting of our daughter.”
He has since moved on with Pip Edwards.