The ex-girlfriend of NRL star Josh Reynolds has admitted to sending him a fake ultrasound, but refuses to admit faking pregnancies.
In an interview with 60 Minutes that aired on Sunday night, Arabella Del Busso said she sent the fake ultrasound because she was “being spiteful.”
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Wests Tigers star Reynolds has accused his ex - real name Donna Preusker - of faking three pregnancies.
When asked if she lied about the pregnancies, Del Busso replied: “I’m denying those claims.”
When reporter Tom Steinfort asked “is that a no?”, she said: “I didn’t say that”.
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Reynolds claims Del Busso faked pregnancies and a severe health condition during their tumultuous relationship, which culminated in domestic violence allegations against Reynolds.
“Is faking pregnancies normal? Is faking your mum's death normal? Making me go through all that. Is it? I would love an answer from her,” Reynolds told 60 Minutes.
“It broke me, literally. I was so into this whole relationship and baby thing that I was hurting so much,” he said.
Reynolds said he and Del Busso met in 2018 and after a one-night stand she told him she was pregnant.
Reynolds said he always wanted kids so decided to try and make things work.
But red flags began popping up when Del Busso wouldn’t let him attend any doctor’s appointments.
“I got text messages saying like, ‘I've got this condition. I'm going to die. I'm glad that you're going to be here to look after the baby’,” Reynolds revealed.
“Funnily enough, again we were going through a bad patch and now I think about it, that was the ploy. Every time I look to push away (from the relationship) make up something new, placenta accreta, miscarriage, mum die, whatever else she made up. And it makes sense because that's how I got roped in every time.”
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Del Busso says she suffered miscarriages during her first two pregnancies and decided to terminate the third.
However she would have been more than six months pregnant at the time of termination.
Reynolds and Del Busso ended their relationship shortly before she accused him of domestic violence, however police later dropped the charges.
Reynolds said video of him yelling at Del Busso was hard to watch and he’d never lay a hand on a woman in anger.
“I don’t like that image. That 28 seconds is something I’ll never be able to take back in my life,” he said.
“I actually struggle to watch that, to be honest, it’s not how I’ve been brought up.
“I even hate looking at that person. I don’t ever want to be that person ever again.”
Del Busso is now reportedly at the centre of a police investigation after multiple past boyfriends came forward alleging they gave her money after being lied to about her mother’s death and a number of fake health conditions.