Only a year after they married, Alex and Brendan Fevola's relationship fell apart.
It was 2006, and AFL star Brendan, then 26, had been caught having an affair with then 19-year-old model Lara Bingle (now Worthington).
It was a scandal that the public ate up. Headline after headline filled newspapers, magazines, and websites.
Dealing with infidelity in private is hard enough. When all of Australia not only knows but is seemingly laughing about it - that's infinitely more difficult.
"I think that was probably the hardest part of all of it. It was as though we were just a joke," Alex tells No Filter host Mia Freedman about that time. "It was so heartbreaking to me and my family, my children. And yet everybody in the media were making jokes and just making fun of us in general."
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Even though she understood Brendan's public profile meant there was a lot of interest in their relationship, Alex was distressed at how much pleasure other people seemed to gain from her personal pain.
"People have that argument that if you're in the public, then you've got to cop everything that goes with it, but I just felt that it was so insensitive," she says. "Some of the people that did that to me and made fun of me were women with children and families. And I just thought, how can you? How can you think this is funny?"
She believes that the lack of sympathy was due to the stigma around being a footballer's wife. "It goes back to being a WAG. It was, 'well, you're married to a footballer, what do you expect?' That was the underlying message I was receiving. So there was little to no sympathy because what did I expect," Alex says.
"Do I agree with it? No. But I think the other misconception is that people just constantly assumed that you couldn't possibly actually love that footballer. It was like, 'you're only with him because he plays football. You're with him for the money, you're with him for the lifestyle'. And I just thought, 'OK well, first of all, when we were first together, I was supporting him."