The great Australian cricketer Shane Warne explained how intense the media scrutiny was during his relationship with the English superstar Elizabeth Hurley.
After making his Test debut at the age of 21, Warne was no stranger to the paparazzi, but things shot up when his relationship with Hurley went public.
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“It was chaos to be fair,” Warne said of Fox Cricket’s episode 5 media attention. A week with Warnie, broadcast on Friday evening (8 p.m. AEDT). “I guess it was the world of sports that met its world (the world of celebrities).”
And things became very real for his family when Hurley came to Australia to visit in 2011.
“When she first came to Australia, we had been seeing each other for about six months, so I didn’t introduce her to my kids until it was real and I thought it had a future – it wasn’t not just a little fun.
“So, six months later, she finally met the children in Australia and it was an absolute circus.
“I mean, the neighbor’s kids were selling cordial for a dollar up front!”
“All kinds of things were happening. They were depositing golf clubs at the front trying to put their name on them.
“We tried to keep things as normal as possible, but it was scary. Some of these rogue photographers trying to get exclusives – I remember my youngest daughter Summer yelling in the back seat “daddy, daddy is slowing down”. Cars jumping in front of us make the red lights turn. “
The media followed them everywhere they went, there were few places where Warne and Hurley could go for a leisurely meal. One of those places was the Capitol Golf Club in Victoria, but even then there was the problem of getting there in the first place.
“We couldn’t go anywhere else because we could only find 30 to 40 people, photographers, press teams, wherever we went.
“We had seven cars following us and a helicopter above our heads following us, turning the red lights, cutting in front of us.”
The delivery of a new mattress to Warne’s home during Hurley’s visit particularly raised eyebrows at the time, both in Australia and the United Kingdom.
But Warne told the program that there was an innocent explanation at the time of purchase.
“I was renovating my house and we got all the new rooms and we all got new beds, so I said,” We might as well get new mattresses, “said Warne.
“And so I got a new mattress.
“The only thing among all the things that were delivered, that is sofas and all that, they had this photo of a guy carrying a bed …
“Sure,” Shane Warne wants to get rid of the old mattress, let’s install the new one. “
Talking about his relationship with Hurley, Warne added: “(I’m) sad enough that it’s over because I still care deeply about her and she is a wonderful person.”