Both Cassandra Thorburn and Lisa Wilkinson previously had long-standing relationships with Karl Stefanovic – Cass was married to him for 21 years, and Lisa co-hosted alongside him for over a decade on Today.
On Tuesday evening, Cass reunited with Lisa on The Project to discuss her recent stint on Dancing With The Stars, and Lisa definitely didn’t hold back.
The 57-year-old presenter asked Cass what it has been like to have a “huge spotlight” on herself.
The DWTS contestant insisted that it was “exactly” what she wanted, to be able to shed light on palliative care after her father, Max, passed away last year.
Following her divorce from Karl, Cassandra also wanted the opportunity to set the record straight about who she is.
“There has been so much [sic] thoughts about who I am,” she explained. “I just decided, when it was offered to me, I thought this is is a great opportunity for me to show who I am without people speculating all the time.”
Probing further into her split from Karl, Lisa questioned the 47-year-old how she’s been navigating her life in the “public eye now as a single mum”.
“I’m happy, I’m very happy,” Cassandra explained. “Like my ‘memorable year’ dance on Dancing With The Stars, 2016 was my most memorable year – it was a happy dance.”
The former journalist insisted it was during 2016 she was able to get to know herself “better”.
“Because at the end of that year, I had gotten to know myself better –I just found my place as who I was and what was important to me all of a sudden and what was going to best for my children when they’re with me,” she added.
“I’ve embraced it and I’m really happy.”
It appears the only way is up for Cassandra after Dancing With The Stars, as she is set to join the ranks of Australian TV’s morning personalities on a regular basis, a slot which was once dominated by her ex-husband on Today.
“I’ll be working with Studio 10 on a more regular guest basis so that will be great,” the mother-of-three told Yahoo Lifestyle.
Channel 10’s Studio 10 program, which starts at 8:30am, overlaps with Today and Today Extra on rival network, Nine.
Karl and Cass were married for 21 years before separating nearly three years ago in September. They share three children together – Jackson, 19, Ava, 13, and River, 12.
Towards the end of the year 44-year-old Karl started dating 34-year-old fashion designer Jasmine Yarbrough, and the couple tide the knot in December 2018.
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