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AFL legend Billy Brownless gives candid relationship update


Things are looking rosy in the romance stakes for AFL legend Billy Brownless, who is celebrating one year with his girlfriend Justine.

The Geelong star’s marriage to former wife Nicky ended in 2016, with the former footballer previously revealing the split took a huge financial and emotional toll.

“A shocking two or three years. No good,” Brownless said of the immediate aftermath of the marriage breakdown, when he appeared as a contestant on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here in 2020.

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“I didn’t have a home … and I couldn’t buy one, I didn’t have the money to buy one.

“So you’re actually like a homeless person. If you wanted to have the kids, you’d get them to a motel.”

But more recently, things have been looking a lot brighter for the 56-year-old.

Billy Brownless and his girlfriend, Justine. Credit: Instagram/Billy Brownless

Brownless recently celebrated his first relationship anniversary with Justine, a mum of two whom he met via a mutual friend after the AFL grand final in 2019.

They began dating last year, publicly debuting their relationship at Flemington Champions Stakes Day in November.

But they had already been together for some months before that, reportedly enjoying a holiday in Fiji a month before going public.

Justine and Billy Brownless attending the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 25, 2023. Credit: Sam Tabone/WireImage

“We’re still together, believe it or not,” Brownless joked to The Herald Sun on Wednesday.

“It’s been over a year, the poor thing, I feel sorry for her, but she’s a good girl.

“She’s got her kids and I’ve got mine.

“When you’ve been single for a long time it’s bloody hard work.

“She deserves a medal.”

After going public, Brownless told the outlet everything was “going well”.

“Taking it one week at a time as they say. We’re very happy and it’s nice to be out,” he said.

Brownless’ personal life was thrust into the spotlight in 2016 when his then-wife Nicky left him for his best mate Garry Lyon, sparking a feud between the former Footy Show co-hosts.

Billy Brownless with his four children. Credit: Instagram/Billy Brownless

The couple had been married for 18 years before Nicky and Lyon became involved.

“It was public, very public. Front pages and all that,” Brownless said in 2020.

“I didn’t expect it. You think she’ll come back and all that, but she didn’t.

“So that was a good kick in the guts.”

He has four children with Nicky – Lucy, Ruby and sons Oscar and Max.

Brownless’ daughter Lucy happily posted a heartwarming picture of her dad dancing next to his new girlfriend Justine. Credit: Instagram/Lucy Brownless

It seems Brownless’ kids like Justine, with daughter Lucy posting a heartwarming picture of Brownless dancing around as his new girlfriend watched on in November last year.

“Billy Brownless after a few too many,” his daughter captioned the sweet photo.

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