Jonah and Fiona call it quits

Last updated 07:52 02/03/2008
HAPPIER DAYS: Jonah and Fiona before their split.

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It's official - Jonah Lomu and his wife of five years, Fiona, have split.

Bridget Abernethy, a spokeswoman for the Lomus, said the marriage betwen the world's most recognised rugby player and Fiona was definitely over.

But she refused to comment on the reasons for the break-up. Asked exactly when the Lomus parted, Abernethy fired: "We are not talking dates."

She was also "unable" to talk about the specifics of the couple's separation deal, which Sunday News believes has been worked out by lawyers over the past couple of weeks.

Sunday News understands Fiona, who married the rugby superstar after a whirlwind romance in 2003, will keep the couple's multi-million-dollar, Ponsonby, Auckland, home.

Lomu who at his peak was said to be worth $15 million is now in a new relationship with Nadene Quirk, the wife of rising Blues player Jarek Goebel.

The pair are understood to be looking for a new home in Wellington.

Two week's ago Sunday News revealed Jarek Goebel's heartache at the breakdown of his 10-month marriage. The 23-year-old said he was gutted when Jonah and his ex-wife turned up to a Blues training session.

Jonah and Nadene have been friends for a number of years but only officially started dating recently.

Cracks in Jonah's relationship with Fiona who took over as his manager from Welshman Phil Kingsley-Jones were said to have started emerging late last year.

Meanwhile, Goebel has admitted assaulting a motorist in a road-rage incident. He was charged with assault after he and Auckland businessman Gary Sleep got into an argument.

The former university rugby player, who is in Super 14 side the Blues' training squad, said it was the first time he had been in trouble with the law.

Sleep  refused to discuss the September 20, 2007 incident, claiming it could affect his "personal damages claim" against the winger.

Goebel was granted diversion by an Auckland District Court registrar on January 22.

Diversion is a scheme for first-time offenders who admit their guilt to escape a criminal record. Goebel was ordered to write a letter of apology to Sleep and pay $500 reparation which he is yet to do.

Last month Sunday News revealed Goebel and Quirk's marriage was now in tatters after she had started a relationship with Lomu.

Goebel said since the story broke he had received a lot of support from friends and team-mates.

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Told that Lomu and his wife were looking for a home together, Goebel said: "I don't care what they do. I have not spoken to Nadene."

On Friday at the Lomus' multi-million-dollary Auckland home, Fiona told Sunday News she did not want to talk about their split other than confirm they had parted.

 

- Sunday News

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