Sam and Phoebe Burgess 'split' just weeks after welcoming baby

Alicia Vrajlal
Entertainment Editor

NRL star Sam Burgess and wife Phoebe are said to have called time on their marriage.

According to The Daily Telegraph, former journalist Phoebe is spending time at her parents’ house in Bowral, after the couple told family and friends that they were separating.

The news of the split comes after the pair welcomed second child William ‘Billy’ Burgess in early December. They also share daughter Poppy, born in January 2017.

NRL star Sam Burgess and wife Phoebe are said to have called time on their marriage. Source: Getty

The publication reports that signs of the couple’s apparent split emerged over Christmas, when a social media photo showed Sam with his siblings, but Phoebe nowhere to be seen.

Yahoo Lifestyle has contacted the couple’s representatives for comment.

The past few months have seen the couple at the centre of headlines.

Back in September Sam shared his “hurt” over seeing his Phoebe upset after the South Sydney star became embroiled in the Rabbitohs sexting scandal.


“What hurts me the most is seeing my wife upset,” the 29-year-old said at a press conference. “I’m not angry, you can all make your own assumptions regarding the timing of this whole thing coming to light.”

The NRL star insisted his only priority was his loved ones.

“I just want to protect my family,” he explained.

The couple share daughter Poppy who was born in January 2017. Photo: Instagram/samburgess8
Sam’s last Instagram post was a photo of him and Phoebe shared on November 2. Photo: Instagram/samburgess8


Earlier that day, Phoebe broke her silence after it was alleged that two Rabbitohs players indecently exposed themselves to a young woman using Sam’s social media account.

The 29-year-old shared a family-centred photo on Instagram of herself with a prominent baby bump, sitting alongside daughter Poppy.

“Moments in the sun with our babies,” she wrote, adding that she was 27 weeks along in her pregnancy.

Sam and Phoebe got married in December 2015 – pictured here in February 2018. Photo: Getty

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