Andrew Johns’ ex-wife Cathrine Mahoney has revealed she burst into tears at Centrelink when she went in to alter her title after their cut up.
The facility couple had been collectively for 13 years by means of the top of Johns’ legendary NRL profession and have one son collectively: Louis.
Johns and Mahoney tied the knot in 2007 and cut up in 2011, however reconciled a 12 months later earlier than separating for good in 2014.
The brutal actuality of a footy break-up: Andrew Johns’ ex-wife Cathrine Mahoney (pictured in 2012) has revealed how she as soon as burst into tears at Centrelink after their divorce
Mahoney, a former leisure publicist, defined what triggered her breakdown within the Centrelink workplace.
‘[After our divorce] I went into Centrelink to alter the title on my Medicare card from Johns to Mahoney,’ she instructed 2DayFM radio on Thursday.
‘And having to say to a whole stranger my marriage has ended, I burst into tears. She was beautiful, she opened the drawer and bought me a field of tissues.’
Emotional: Mahoney, a former leisure publicist who was with Johns for 13 years, revealed on Thursday how she as soon as burst into tears whereas visiting Centrelink to alter her surname on her Medicare card. (Pictured with 2Day FM radio host Erin Molan)
Mahoney additionally revealed to radio host Erin Molan she was on the lookout for love on-line after the breakdown of a four-year relationship in late 2020.
‘I used to be in a relationship for 4 years that fell aside about one and a half years in the past, so I do go on the apps as a lot for content material as for something,’ she mentioned.
Coincidentally, Molan feuded with Johns after they had been each NRL commentators for Channel 9.
Historical past: Johns and Mahoney tied the knot in 2007 earlier than splitting in 2011, however reconciled a 12 months later. They separated for good in 2014. (Pictured: Andrew Johns in June 2018)
Contributing to Johns’ e-book Two of Me, first revealed in 2007, Mahoney shed some mild on their relationship.
Talking about her then-husband’s bipolar dysfunction, she wrote in a single chapter: ‘Andrew just isn’t good, however who’s? And there have been some onerous instances.
‘I am glad he revealed his bipolar situation however, as he says, residing with it isn’t all adverse.’
In March 2009, the couple welcomed their son Louis. On the time, Johns already had a nine-year-old son from a earlier marriage, Sam.
He cut up from his first spouse Renae Chapman in 2002, two years after tying the knot.
Johns is now courting yoga teacher Kate Kendall, with whom he shares daughter Alice, born in September 2018.
Happier instances: In March 2009, the couple welcomed their son Louis (left). On the time, Andrew already had a nine-year-old son from a earlier marriage, Sam (proper). Pictured in 2012
Shifting on: Johns is now courting yoga teacher Kate Kendall (proper), with whom he shares daughter Alice, born in September 2018
From loopy fan encounters to ‘Joey’s’ vibrant off-field profession and his battles with medication, alcohol and psychological well being – Mahoney and Johns’ relationship was a rollercoaster, and was performed out within the public eye.
Now the previous spouse of considered one of Australia’s biggest ever footballers has detailed her life with him within the tell-all memoir At the moment Between Husbands.
Mahoney’s e-book is a no-holds-barred method that explains what life within the limelight was like because the spouse of considered one of Australia’s most recognisable sports activities stars.
Wanting again now, it virtually looks like Johns made as many headlines for his off-field exploits than he did for his wizardry on the sphere, significantly when he revealed in 2007 that he’d ceaselessly used ecstasy all through his profession, and that he suffered from bipolar dysfunction.
Non-public struggles: In 2007, Andrew Johns admitted to battles with drug use and psychological well being
Mahoney mentioned whereas it was a tough factor to do, Johns’ choice to go public together with his psychological well being battle was one thing she absolutely supported.
‘I do not select to have bronchial asthma, however I do. Individuals who have bipolar do not select to, and it is nice we stay in a time the place it is mentioned,’ she instructed Day by day Mail Australia final week.
‘When Andrew got here out, it was nonetheless taboo and I am actually happy with the very fact an enormous quantity of individuals reached out afterwards and mentioned, “That’s helped out my son” or “I don’t feel like the only one.” It normalised it.’
In one of many extra unbelievable sporting interviews in current reminiscence, Johns went on the Footy Present in 2007 to confess he had repeatedly taken ecstasy throughout his taking part in profession and was affected by bipolar dysfunction.
This was after he was very publicly arrested for possessing an ecstasy capsule on the Tube in London, which Mahoney says in her e-book was a confession of types that ultimately meant he ‘bought the monkey off his again’.
Marriage ceremony: Mahoney and Johns bought married in 2007, after his public arrest for drug possession
They had been at all times within the limelight.
Mahoney writes about quite a lot of fan interactions within the e-book; some hilarious, some bizarre and a few downright scary.
‘My favorite fan interplay is we had a good friend that labored for the RTA [the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority], and she or he mentioned somebody had are available in and so they had been making an attempt to rearrange licence plates that mentioned ‘Joey’ on the entrance of their automobile and ‘Cathrine’ on the again,’ she laughed.
‘I used to be like ‘that’s good’, it at all times made me chuckle; however I believe I would relatively Cath was on the entrance and Joey was on the again, thanks very a lot!’
Publish-playing profession: Johns has frolicked as a coach and commentator since retiring
Sadly, not all of the couple’s brushes with footy followers had been straightforward to chortle about.
Mahoney particulars a daunting scenario with a pair of sisters who stalked, threatened and harassed each herself and Johns that ultimately led to an AVO and, fortuitously, each ladies going through expenses.
Stellar profession: Andrew Johns performed 23 matches State of Origin matches for NSW, together with one recreation in 2005 that is thought to be amongst his best efforts ever
For Mahoney, the challenges of their relationship had been offset by the thrill of being with a person who was merely good on the sphere, the world’s finest at one thing; and she or he says she is going to eternally worth the relationships and connections she produced from rugby league.
‘I used to like Origin, I did not know rugby league till I met Andrew, however going as much as Suncorp Stadium was a lot like going to Outdated Trafford to observe Manchester United – it was good,’ mentioned Mahoney.
‘I beloved the friendships I made in rugby, I am nonetheless in contact and love Kirralee Hughes, her and Mark are the very best couple. Amanda Gower from Origin, too, is nice enjoyable.’
The memoir is searingly sincere account of what was, on the time, probably the most high-profile relationships in Australia.
It additionally particulars the perfect elements of her relationship with the person she mentioned had a ‘lovely backside that was in all probability essentially the most well-known backside within the Southern Hemisphere’.
Mahoney wished to verify this wasn’t only a saucy tell-all, however one thing their son Louis, 13, would in the future get pleasure from studying.
Inform-all: Cathrine Mahoney’s e-book At the moment Between Husbands is out now
‘For me, what I beloved writing about within the e-book is you’ll learn simply as a lot about me assembly him, our dates, falling in love, our mishaps, our wedding ceremony – it was beautiful to jot down about being in love with somebody, as a result of for 13 years we had been bonkers in love with one another,’ she mentioned.
‘Andrew wrote a e-book after we had been collectively, and in it he wrote a chapter about me and I wrote one about him. Our son Louis got here residence in the future and mentioned ‘I learn Dad’s e-book and what he wrote about you, and he mentioned while you stroll right into a room you mild it up.’
‘I simply thought I would like, when Louis is sufficiently old, to learn we had been very a lot in love and he’s a toddler who has separated dad and mom however could be very beloved,’ added Mahoney.
Mahoney, who beforehand had a high-flying PR profession, now seems on two profitable podcasts; one she does herself referred to as So, I Stop my Day Job, and one other with Sarah McGilvray titled Not One other Parenting Podcast.