Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has been spotted out in public for the first time with new girlfriend Alex Pike, following the breakdown of his marriage to Tania Minnici.
Reports had suggested Buckley and glamorous cosmetic nurse Pike became an item after the former AFL star and his ex-wife revealed in December they had split up, and those rumours were confirmed when the pair were photographed taking a stroll around Melbourne together on Wednesday.
They smiled and laughed as Buckley rocked shorts and a jumper while Pike was decked out in a black, long-sleeved top and black tights.
Buckley and Pike have taken their romance public.Source:Matrix
The pair chatted with others along the way.Source:Matrix
They were all smiles as they enjoyed each other’s company.Source:Matrix
The Herald Sun first published whispers Buckley and Pike had taken an interest in each other back in January — just a month after the 48-year-old footy great publicly confirmed he had broken up with Minnici, his wife of 18 years.
Now it’s been confirmed the father-of-two and mother-of-three have locked each other down, coming after the Herald Sun reported on Friday the Pies legend was definitely “off the market”.
“While keeping it discreet on social media, although following each other, the happy couple are not hiding their relationship from family and friends,” the report said.
Coaching the Collingwood Football Club is one of the most closely-scrutinised jobs in Australia but Pike, 42, is no stranger to the limelight herself.
She was signed to a modelling agency as a 12-year-old after taking part in a Dolly Cover Girl competition and originally planned to study journalism.
But the daughter of a pharmacist father and nurse mother opted to study nursing and ended up starting her career in a plastic surgery ward.
After being trained in cosmetic injections she worked under renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr Bryan Mendelson before launching her own business Face by Alex Pike.
The business specialises in dermal fillers, double chin treatment, facial slimming, jawline sculpting, anti-wrinkle injections and skin care.
Pike is in the shape of her life at 42.Source:Instagram
Alex Pike pictured. Picture: InstagramSource:Instagram
News of Buckley’s marriage breakdown came as a huge shock to the AFL world, with him and Minnici establishing themselves as one of footy’s golden couples during his playing days with Collingwood.
“It has been a tough and challenging year for every family and for ours included,” the couple’s joint statement said late last year.
“It is with the utmost love and respect for each other and a true commitment to our sons, that we have made a decision to separate in January.
“We remain dedicated parents and in the interests of our boys, we ask for our family to be given the privacy that is needed.
“We thank everyone in advance for understanding our request and for the unconditional love and support we have received throughout our marriage.”
Buckley and Minnici were an AFL glamour couple for so long.Source:Supplied
The Pies have endured a rough season to date.Source:Getty Images
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