The wife of disgraced Australian cricketer David Warner has heartbreakingly revealed that she suffered a miscarriage in the weeks following the ball-tampering scandal.
Candace Warner told Australian Women's Weekly the miscarriage was a "heartbreaking end to a horror tour" that saw her husband sent home from South Africa and banned for a year for his involvement in the scandal that rocked Australian cricket.
The mother-of-two described the devastating moment she realised she was miscarrying.
"I called Dave to the bathroom and told him I was bleeding. We knew I was miscarrying. We held one another and cried," she said.
"The miscarriage was a heartbreaking end to a horror tour. The ordeal from the public humiliations to the ball-tampering had taken its toll and, from that moment, we decided nothing will impact our lives like that again."
Candace also revealed how the couple found out they were expecting their third child while on tour in South Africa.
She said, "We love Cape Town and it’s where Dave proposed to me in 2014. I was beginning to feel that first stage of being pregnant – the subtle changes to my body were kicking in. We were overwhelmed, knowing another little Warner was on the way.
"I don't think either of us realised how much we longed for this baby. We had been trying since last July and I did a test when we first got to Cape Town.
"I was watching the cricket on the TV and the girls were waking up from their nap. Out of the corner of my eye on the scree,n I could see something going on. That was the first I knew of the ball tampering. I sat slumped on the bed and wondered if I could take any more."
The former ironwoman described the heartbreak she felt when the family, which includes her two young daughters Ivy and Indi, arrived home to be greeted by a pack of media.
"I was completely gutted when I saw the media – especially after 23 hours flying, knowing the world had no idea I was carrying our third child," she said.
"I was raised like Dave, to cop it on the chin, but I'd have to be bullet-proof for the taunting not to have affected me. It rocked my very foundation and I paid the ultimate price, losing our baby. I wonder how all those who came after me feel now?
"I felt like I had let us down – that my body had let us down – but I've come a long way since then. I'm a spiritual person and I truly believe it wasn't their time to be with us. Despite our loss, I do know without any doubt that my calling in life is to be a mum."
Sending love to the Warner family.
This article originally appeared on New Idea.