Former topless model and reality star Suzi Taylor has revealed what happened when retired NRL star Greg Inglis ‘went missing’ earlier this month and spent a weekend with her at her Brisbane mansion.
The 47-year-old says the pair “acted like brother and sister”, and she was simply “there as a friend” for the 32-year-old former South Sydney Rabbitohs star who “wanted some solace”.
“I think Greg wanted to come and just be no one and just hang out in a house in Queensland with me because it’s far away from the NRL community, and it’s something he needed himself to do,” Taylor says in her first interview since then, obtained exclusively by Yahoo Lifestyle Australia.
“He wanted some solace. He wanted some normal companionship.”
Earlier this month Inglis disappeared during the NRL’s ‘Magic Round’ for three days, prompting his girlfriend Alyse Caccamo, South Sydney Rabbitohs officials and family members to search for him.
It was later discovered he’d spent time with Taylor at her Queensland mansion.
Last week it was confirmed that Inglis had since been admitted to a rehabilitation centre as he struggles to cope with life after rugby league.
According to Taylor, Inglis “is struggling enormously with retirement”.
“I feel he’s in need of a lot of help and support and he just wanted to hide away from everything that weekend,” she explains.
“He was texting me and calling me and it’s like a friend in need. He wanted just somewhere to go, some peace and quiet and that’s what I ended up doing for him.”
She describes the ex NRL star as being in high spirits during the time they met up.
“He was just in a happy mood,” she reveals. “Very happy to see me, I was happy to see him. It’s just like two old friends catching up...”
The former Penthouse model rubbishes reports that the pair “hooked up” during that time and says “it definitely wasn’t a party”.
“I’ve got this reputation as this wild child and then Greg Inglis comes along. It doesn’t mean we’ve hooked up,” says Taylor.
“We’re just friends. We have a lot in common and I’ve got a lot of male friends in my life who are exactly the same.
“It’s really upsetting how people can just look at you both and think straight away, ‘Oh there’s something else going on’, when there’s not.
“We are very close as friends, but more like a brother and sister relationship and the whole thought of being anything more than that is just disgusting and that’s what’s so upsetting as well.”
Inglis, a former State of Origin and Test superstar, played only two games this season before being forced into retirement by persistent injuries.
While he helped the team as an assistant coach and worked with the club’s commercial division and charity arm, Inglis reportedly struggled with missing out on the weekly grind of a NRL season alongside his teammates.
The Rabbitohs on Friday confirmed he had entered a facility to undergo treatment to assist and support his mental health.
With additional reporting by Yahoo Sport Australia.
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