Speaking to Neil Mitchell on 3AW yesterday, Karl admitted that his highly publicised divorce affected his career. The TV star was famously sacked from his Today roll at the end of 2018, only to be reinstated at the beginning of this year.
“Personally, it was a bit hard because I thought a lot of people do go through relationship difficulties and, unfortunately, for me that was in a very public way, but that’s what happens when you’re a public person,” Stefanovic told 3AW.
“But I thought, ‘Well hang on, a lot of people go through this, and why is mine such a big deal?’ I still don’t know why it was.
“I got divorced, I did find love again, and I’m sorry if people are offended by that, but it’s made me really happy.”
Karl went on to admit that 2019 was a very difficult year for him.
“Look, my life hasn’t been that difficult, and I think there are people out there who have far worse going on … so I’m not going to rabbit on about how difficult my life was,” he said. “But there was certainly periods where I thought, ‘Oh my god, all I’ve ever done is really work hard and try and do the best I could for a show or network’. And then I thought, ‘Well, hang on a second, how have I got it so wrong?’”
Karl, 45, and Cass share three children together; Jackson, 19, Ava, 13, and River, 12.
Just recently Thorburn defended Karl’s shoe designer wife in an exclusive interview with the Mosman Daily.
“People refer to her as ‘the new wife’. Or, ‘the second wife’. It’s like, are you joking? That’s his wife. Show some respect,” she told the newspaper.
“Because, when they say she’s the ‘new wife’, or the ‘second wife’, she then has to think, well, [Cass] was the first wife. Well, that’s unkind.”
“And, what do you mean, first wife is more important than second? No, she’s not.”