Warning: this post deals with violence against women and may be triggering to some readers.
It’s been reported by The Daily Mail this week that Rose Jacobs has taken out an Apprehended Violence Order against her estranged husband, television presenter Steve Jacobs.
One would think that this news report would be sad for the public to read – to contemplate that there could have been enough evidence of threats and/or violence from Steve against Rose that the situation met the criteria for an AVO to be granted.
But apparently, to some people, it’s not as sad as much as it is her fault – according to online comments in response to The Daily Mail article.
Former Today Show weather presenter Steve, 51, and his journalist wife Rose, 39, were married in 2010, and have two children, Isabella and Francesca. They moved from Sydney to Vanuatu in January 2017 for a “sea change” as they called it at the time, but reportedly separated at the end of the year. Rose has since been linked to 32-year-old Canadian and Vanuatu resident, Dylan Nash.
Mamamia reached out to Rose and Steve for comment, and at the time of publication, neither had responded.
There’s been intense public interest in the break-up of the high-profile couple, and so news of an apparent AVO was always going to incite further speculation – and that’s exactly what happened in response to The Daily Mail piece.
In the comments section, user ‘icutthroughthecrap’ in Sydney queried, “Was there any physical confrontation, or is she just a drama queen?”
‘MarkandMary’ in Melbourne observed, “So sad that there so many men are being pushed to such terrible behaviour by the despicable acts of their partners.”
User ‘Wisterialane’ in Thailand wrote, “I’d say the AVO was taken out when Steve found out there was a 3rd cog in the wheel. If it’s any consolation, the new relationship will fizzle out shortly, she could pass as his mother. She’s a control freak.”
On Thursday morning, that particular comment had been liked 222 times.