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Jason Miller says Trump ready to get back to campaigning, adviser Steve Cortes says he is ‘upbeat’

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Donald Trump‘s campaign advisers Jason Miller and Steve Cortes give the latest update on his condition Sunday in claiming the president is eager to get back to campaigning even though his top doctor says he is not yet ‘out of the woods.’

Miller, the campaign’s senior adviser, said he spoke to Trump recently and said the president told him ‘he’s going to defeat this virus… and our campaign is going to defeat this virus.’

‘Once he gets out of the hospital, he’s ready to get back to the campaign trail,’ Miller told NBC’s Chuck Todd during an interview on ‘Meet the Press’ Sunday morning. ‘He sounded pretty energetic.’

‘But he said something else that I thought that was important too,’ Miller said, ‘and that was to be careful, and that was to remind folks to wash their hands, use hand sanitizer, make sure that if you can’t socially distance, distance to wear a mask. And I thought that was a pretty important message to send and a reminder to the rest of the country.’

Cortes, another senior campaign adviser, reiterated the president’s fitness during an interview with Chris Wallace on ‘Fox News Sunday.’

‘He’s doing well,’ Cortes attested. 

Senior Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller said Sunday that the president is 'ready to get back to the campaign trail'

Senior Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller said Sunday that the president is 'ready to get back to the campaign trail'

Senior Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller said Sunday that the president is ‘ready to get back to the campaign trail’

Fellow senior campaign adviser Steve Cortes (right) told Fox News' Chris Wallace (left): 'He was as upbeat and assertive as he's ever been' and claimed: 'This president is going to recover'

Fellow senior campaign adviser Steve Cortes (right) told Fox News' Chris Wallace (left): 'He was as upbeat and assertive as he's ever been' and claimed: 'This president is going to recover'

Fellow senior campaign adviser Steve Cortes (right) told Fox News’ Chris Wallace (left): ‘He was as upbeat and assertive as he’s ever been’ and claimed: ‘This president is going to recover’

The comments come the morning after White House Physician, Navy Commander  Dr. Sean Conley, said in a briefing Trump is 'not yet out of the woods'

The comments come the morning after White House Physician, Navy Commander  Dr. Sean Conley, said in a briefing Trump is 'not yet out of the woods'

The comments come the morning after White House Physician, Navy Commander  Dr. Sean Conley, said in a briefing Trump is ‘not yet out of the woods’ 

‘We spoke to the president yesterday, we meaning senior campaign staff,’ Cortes said. ‘He was as upbeat and assertive as he’s ever been.’

He added: ‘This president is going to recover, we are highly confident of that.’

Trump announced overnight Thursday via Twitter that he and first lady Melania tested positive for coronavirus as the two took a test following the revelation that Counselor to the President Hope Hicks received a positive diagnosis hours earlier.

Trump’s chief doctor, Navy Commander Sean Conley, along with other doctors gave an update on the president’s condition during a briefing Saturday.

‘While not yet out of the woods, the team remains cautiously optimistic,’ Conley said, adding that Trump moved around his medical suite without difficulty as he conducted business.

The White House physician also said that Trump had been exhibiting ‘clinical indications’ of coronavirus as early as Thursday afternoon.

There are conflicting reports and statements on whether the president has needed supplemental oxygen at any point since arriving at Walter Reed Friday or how high his fever has reached.

Trump provided his own account of his medical condition on Saturday evening, releasing a video of him working from the presidential suite at the hospital in a white button down with no tie and the first button undone.

He said in the video that he is feeling better and will ‘be back soon.’

Trump released a video with him working from the Presidential Suite at Walter Reed Saturday where he said he will 'be back soon'

Trump released a video with him working from the Presidential Suite at Walter Reed Saturday where he said he will 'be back soon'

Trump released a video with him working from the Presidential Suite at Walter Reed Saturday where he said he will ‘be back soon’

‘I spoke with the President yesterday afternoon and he’s in very good spirits,’ Miller said. ‘Both Bill Stepien, the campaign manager, and I spent about a half hour on the phone with the president and going through all the updates on what’s going on with the campaign.’

Miller also said he believes the campaign, White House and medical team are just taking ‘very precautionary’ steps toward ensuring the president’s health.

It appears the two ‘spreader’ events could have been when Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court at the White House last Saturday and during his rally Wednesday in Minnesota.

Hicks, who traveled with the president to the rally this week, tested positive for coronavirus hours after the event – where she was in close proximity to the president and several of his White House and campaign staffer.

Several individuals who participated in Trump’s debate prep last week, including former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway, tested positive for coronavirus.

Miller told ABC News’ ‘This Week’ on Sunday morning that he tested negative on Friday – as well as Senior Advisor to the President Stephen Miller and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who also participated in debate preparations.

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Pip Edwards P.E Nation Archibald Prize scandal: Art critic John McDonald gives his verdict

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A leading Australian art critic has given his verdict on a portrait of P.E Nation founder Pip Edwards, after her staff tried to stop it being entered for the Archibald Prize as she looked it too ‘old’. 

Melbourne artist Lauren Ferrier, 25, sat down with the Bondi fashion businesswoman last year, with the high-profile fashion designer ‘overwhelmingly keen to have me paint her’. 

But when Ms Ferrier went to Edwards to have a crucial form signed in July her publicist Louise Gaffikin refused, emails obtained by Daily Mail Australia show.    

Ms Gaffikin criticised the painting as making Edwards look ‘older beyond her years’ and suggested she put forward a portrait ‘perhaps with a more youthful feel.’

One of the best people to make a judgment on the painting – and the controversy – is John McDonald.

He is one of the nation’s best known art critics, boasting 30 years’ experience and a regular column in The Sydney Morning Herald. 

In an interview with Daily Mail Australia, Mr McDonald had some constructive criticism of Ms Ferrier’s piece – and for Team Edwards’ approach to the painting.

Does it make her look 'old'? Lauren Ferrier's portrait of Pip Edwards- which the businesswoman's staff criticised as making her look 'older beyond her years'

Does it make her look 'old'? Lauren Ferrier's portrait of Pip Edwards- which the businesswoman's staff criticised as making her look 'older beyond her years'

A photograph of P.E Nation activewear businesswoman Pip Edwards, who has garnered a high profile for her popular fashion line and romance with Michael Clarke this year

A photograph of P.E Nation activewear businesswoman Pip Edwards, who has garnered a high profile for her popular fashion line and romance with Michael Clarke this year

Can you see the resemblance? Lauren Ferrier’s portrait of Pip Edwards, left – which the businesswoman’s staff criticised as making her look ‘older beyond her years’. On right, a recent photograph

Verdict: Sydney Morning Herald art critic John McDonald, left, with artist Steve Lopes, above

Verdict: Sydney Morning Herald art critic John McDonald, left, with artist Steve Lopes, above

Verdict: Sydney Morning Herald art critic John McDonald, left, with artist Steve Lopes, above 

Mr McDonald said if Edwards was ‘fussy about how she looks’ she should have carefully vetted the artist’s previous work. 

‘Every second portrait I think that’s done, the subject of a portrait doesn’t like it or thinks it makes them look too old or too ugly. 

‘If she didn’t want a portrait out there she didn’t approve of she should have carefully vetted the artist.’ 

Mr McDonald said portraits are frozen images of subjects, and come from a more objective position than people see themselves.

‘Naturally people find their vanity offended by that,’ he said, adding there were many famous instances. 

‘Graham Sutherland painted a picture of Winston Churchill and Churchill complained, he said (according to legend) it makes me look like I’m sitting on the toilet. And when Churchill died his wife burned the picture!’

According to legend, Winston Churchill's wife destroyed had this portrait of the British prime minister after his death (a reproduction is above)

According to legend, Winston Churchill's wife destroyed had this portrait of the British prime minister after his death (a reproduction is above)

According to legend, Winston Churchill’s wife destroyed had this portrait of the British prime minister after his death (a reproduction is above)

Of the Edwards portrait itself, Mr McDonald said: ‘I think the portraitist has done as good a job as they can. 

‘I don’t think it’s trying to deliberately make her look old or make her look ugly in any way.’

The critic said the painting’s limits were the limits of the artist.

Asked what specific criticisms he had, Mr McDonald said that he felt it had a ‘stiff feel about it’, adding it looked like as if it was painted from a photograph.

Mr McDonald – once the subject of an Archibald entry himself – said most artists meet up with a subject as is required by the prestigious competition’s rules, do a quick sketch, take photos and work it up from there. 

(Ms Ferrier confirmed she took some sketches of Edwards when she met her, and then worked up the final piece from photos).  

Mr McDonald also noted the portrait was painted in black and white and didn’t attempt to ‘do anything colourful in terms of skin tone and eyes’.  

Overall, he said: ‘It’s very hard for (Edwards) to really make a judgment on something like this.

‘It’s a storm in a tea cup. If she didn’t like it, she didn’t need to hang it – it didn’t get much of a go anyway.’   

But it is now.  

Archibald-gate emails revealed

Fashionista Pip Edwards' profile has soared this year following her romance with cricket legend Michael Clarke

Fashionista Pip Edwards' profile has soared this year following her romance with cricket legend Michael Clarke

Fashionista Pip Edwards’ profile has soared this year following her romance with cricket legend Michael Clarke

The young artist Ms Ferrier was in for a rude shock when she emailed Edwards, 40, in July to ask for her signature on an entry form. 

The signature was to confirm they had met, as per the Archibald’s conditions of entry. Ms Ferrier said she had forgotten to bring the form to their initial meeting.

Emails obtained by Daily Mail Australia show that P.E Nation’s global public relations manager, Louise Gaffikin, replied to Ms Ferrier on July 27 asking her to share an image of the portrait itself. 

‘Pip just needs visibility on the image first,’ Ms Gaffikin said. 

After Ms Ferrier sent a picture through, the publicist replied again on July 30, thanking her for her work – before going on to suggest the portrait wasn’t right. 

According to the correspondence, Ms Gaffikin wrote: ‘I am sure you have been working hard on getting this together.

‘Which makes this email so hard to send, however to be transparent and honest, we won’t be able to sign the consent form for the image to be put forward,’ she said.

‘Having worked so closely with Pip over the past 3 years, I just know she will not align with the imagery, I have to be honest and say she looks much older beyond her years in this photo.

‘I don’t think she could resonate with this painting and having it being put out to the public.’

The emails said Ms Gaffikin then went on to ask for a ‘solution’ – perhaps a portrait where Edwards looked younger. 

She also requested the artist delete an existing picture of the portrait from her Instagram page.

Artist Lauren Ferrier painted this portrait of Ms Edwards for the prize, one of Australia's most prestigious art competitions. But Ms Ferrier claims she was told it made Edwards look 'old'

Artist Lauren Ferrier painted this portrait of Ms Edwards for the prize, one of Australia's most prestigious art competitions. But Ms Ferrier claims she was told it made Edwards look 'old'

Artist Lauren Ferrier painted this portrait of Ms Edwards for the prize, one of Australia’s most prestigious art competitions. But Ms Ferrier claims she was told it made Edwards look ‘old’

This is the email Ms Ferrier alleges was sent to her by Pip Edwards' publicist Louise Gaffikin at the end of July, after she sought a signature on a form confirming they had met in person

This is the email Ms Ferrier alleges was sent to her by Pip Edwards' publicist Louise Gaffikin at the end of July, after she sought a signature on a form confirming they had met in person

This is the reply Ms Ferrier said she sent Ms Gaffikin following the message

This is the reply Ms Ferrier said she sent Ms Gaffikin following the message

On left is the email Ms Ferrier alleges was sent to her by Pip Edwards’ publicist Louise Gaffikin at the end of July, after she sought a signature on a form confirming they had met in person. On right is Ms Ferrier’s reply

Power couple: Edwards is seen above with her partner, cricket legend Michael Clarke, at Noosa earlier this year

Power couple: Edwards is seen above with her partner, cricket legend Michael Clarke, at Noosa earlier this year

Power couple: Edwards is seen above with her partner, cricket legend Michael Clarke, at Noosa earlier this year 

Ms Gaffikin said such a solution would be ‘just so she (Edwards) knows there is a new painting that can be done and submitted, perhaps with a more youthful feel, a true expression of Pip.

‘Happy to send updated portrait imagery of Pip for reference,’ she wrote.

Ms Ferrier said she was ‘heartbroken’ by the reply. She told Ms Gaffikin she was very disappointed with the response, and clarified that she didn’t need Edwards ‘approval’ to submit the painting. 

The signature was simply to prove they had met, as per the competition’s conditions, she said.  And Edwards eventually acquiesced and signed the form. 

But there was yet another twist to come. A few weeks ago, Ms Ferrier posted to her Instagram story that the portrait was for sale.

Activewear icon Pip Edwards needed 'visibility' on the Archibald Prize submission, Ms Ferrier was allegedly told

Activewear icon Pip Edwards needed 'visibility' on the Archibald Prize submission, Ms Ferrier was allegedly told

Activewear icon Pip Edwards needed ‘visibility’ on the Archibald Prize submission, Ms Ferrier was allegedly told

This is the message the purchaser - a woman named Jess - sent to Ms Ferrier after being sent the $400 portrait

This is the message the purchaser - a woman named Jess - sent to Ms Ferrier after being sent the $400 portrait

This is the message the purchaser – a woman named Jess – sent to Ms Ferrier after being sent the $400 portrait

Part of Ms Ferrier's reply. She goes on to warn the purchaser she will approach the media if she does not pay

Part of Ms Ferrier's reply. She goes on to warn the purchaser she will approach the media if she does not pay

Part of Ms Ferrier’s reply. She goes on to warn the purchaser she will approach the media if she does not pay

A woman contacted Ms Ferrier and signalled her interest in buying it.

‘My friend just me this as she knows how much I love Pip,’ the prospective buyer said. 

‘How much are you selling it for?’ 

They negotiated a price – $400 – and Ms Ferrier sent it off in the post while awaiting her payment.

However, screenshots show the woman then claimed to Ms Ferrier that she had received a call from P.E Nation, warning her that Edwards had not signed off on her picture being sold and therefore she ‘couldn’t process the payment.’ 

Outraged Ms Ferrier demanded payment and warned she would get the media involved.  

The woman who purchased the painting later told Ms Ferrier that Edwards was 'comforted that the painting has been sold to someone loyal who genuinely loves the brand'

The woman who purchased the painting later told Ms Ferrier that Edwards was 'comforted that the painting has been sold to someone loyal who genuinely loves the brand'

The woman who purchased the painting later told Ms Ferrier that Edwards was ‘comforted that the painting has been sold to someone loyal who genuinely loves the brand’

‘Pip’s authority ended when she agreed to be the subject of the painting,’ the artist told the buyer.

The purchaser replied that Ms Gaffikin was her roommate’s friend and later added that she had a ‘really nice chat with PE’. 

She said Edwards was now ‘comforted that the painting has been sold to someone loyal and who genuinely loves the brand.

‘They were concerned someone may purchase and then try and on sell to make money on the painting and not end up in good hands.

‘They now no (sic) I have no intention of doing this and plan on keeping (it)’. 

In an interview, Ms Ferrier told Daily Mail Australia she had worked for months on the portrait.

She said she didn’t hear from Edwards again after sending her the finished product and understood if she didn’t like it. 

‘It’s fine she didn’t like it. It was just my own expression,’ she said.

Rather it was that Team Edwards’ move would’ve stopped her entering the competition, ‘when I tried to put months and months of work into it’ that upset her most. 

Daily Mail Australia approached Ms Gaffikin, Pip Edwards and the purchaser of the portrait with written questions on Wednesday. 

There was no response. 

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Rosie Jacob’s ex-boyfriend walks free from court after admitting assault described as ‘cuddling’

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A retired AFL player who admitted assaulting the ex-wife of TV weatherman Steve Jacobs they night after they ended a tumultuous relationship has walked free from court. 

Magistrate Michael Allen found Matt Shir had put his arms around Rosie Jacobs and pulled her towards him after going to her home because he was concerned for her welfare. 

‘No actual violence was engaged in by the offender towards the victim,’ Mr Allen said in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday. ‘His conduct was described as cuddling.’

Mr Allen said Shir had not made and threats against Jacobs or tried to intimidate her when he assaulted her at the end of a ‘somewhat volatile’ and ‘on again, off again’ relationship that had badly disintegrated.  

Shir had gone to Jacobs’ home late at night, when she was alone, but had been ‘motivated by concern for the victim’, Mr Allen found.

Mr Mr Allen said domestic violence was a serious issue for society but Shir’s actions were ‘very low-level offending’ and agreed with his solicitor Greg Goold’s submission that no conviction should be recorded. 

Rosie and her TV weatherman husband Steve Jacobs (pictured) announced the end of their eight-year marriage in March 2018. She moved on with Canadian commando Dylan Nash before starting a relationship with retired AFL player Matt Shir

Rosie and her TV weatherman husband Steve Jacobs (pictured) announced the end of their eight-year marriage in March 2018. She moved on with Canadian commando Dylan Nash before starting a relationship with retired AFL player Matt Shir

Rosie and her TV weatherman husband Steve Jacobs (pictured) announced the end of their eight-year marriage in March 2018. She moved on with Canadian commando Dylan Nash before starting a relationship with retired AFL player Matt Shir

Shir pleaded guilty to assaulting Rosie at her Bronte apartment on January 10, the night after they broke up. He had forced his way into her home and refused to leave when asked

Shir pleaded guilty to assaulting Rosie at her Bronte apartment on January 10, the night after they broke up. He had forced his way into her home and refused to leave when asked

Shir pleaded guilty to assaulting Rosie at her Bronte apartment on January 10, the night after they broke up. He had forced his way into her home and refused to leave when asked

Jacobs and Shir (pictured) met via a dating app in June 2018 and their relationship progressed quickly, with Shir moving into her apartment in Sydney's eastern suburbs by October that year

Jacobs and Shir (pictured) met via a dating app in June 2018 and their relationship progressed quickly, with Shir moving into her apartment in Sydney's eastern suburbs by October that year

Jacobs and Shir (pictured) met via a dating app in June 2018 and their relationship progressed quickly, with Shir moving into her apartment in Sydney’s eastern suburbs by October that year

Instead, Mr Allen placed Shir on a two-year conditional release order for the assault and another one-year order for recklessly damaging property. 

Shir, who had accused Jacobs of destructive drinking during their relationship, expressed no animosity towards her when he spoke to Daily Mail Australia outside court.

‘I’m relieved that it’s over and and hope we can both get on with our lives without any further dramas or setbacks,’ he said.  

Jacobs had been on the rebound from a fling with Canadian commando Dylan Nash after the breakdown of her marriage when she fell for Shir. 

The pair met via a dating app in June 2018 and Shir moved into her apartment at Bronte, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, by October that year.

Rosie and Steve Jacobs had announced the end of their eight-year marriage seven months earlier, after which they shared custody of their two daughters.

Shir said in an affidavit that while living with Jacobs he welcomed his new role helping the children with their homework and taking them to and from school.

Rosie Jacobs (pictured) said she wanted to put her relationship with Shir behind her. 'I wish to move forward and put this entire situation behind me so I can focus on the future, my health and the happiness of my children'

Rosie Jacobs (pictured) said she wanted to put her relationship with Shir behind her. 'I wish to move forward and put this entire situation behind me so I can focus on the future, my health and the happiness of my children'

Rosie Jacobs (pictured) said she wanted to put her relationship with Shir behind her. ‘I wish to move forward and put this entire situation behind me so I can focus on the future, my health and the happiness of my children’

Jacobs objected to Shir's claims about her drinking, saying earlier this month: 'I am a non-drinker and have been very proud of my sobriety for quite some time.' The former couple is pictured

Jacobs objected to Shir's claims about her drinking, saying earlier this month: 'I am a non-drinker and have been very proud of my sobriety for quite some time.' The former couple is pictured

Jacobs objected to Shir’s claims about her drinking, saying earlier this month: ‘I am a non-drinker and have been very proud of my sobriety for quite some time.’ The former couple is pictured

He also soon became aware that Jacobs was ‘under the care of a psychologist and on anti-depressants in relation to her mental state and alcohol abuse’, according to the affidavit tendered in court earlier this month.

The 39-year-old alleged he once found Jacobs passed out drunk on a riverbank and that she was admitted to a rehab clinic due to alcohol problems. 

Rosie Jacobs timeline 

May 2010: Rosie and Steve Jacobs marry in Bali. The couple has daughter Isabella in 2011 and Francesca in 2013.

Mid 2017: The family moves to Vanuatu in ‘last-ditch’ attempt to save marriage.

March 2018: Rosie announces her separation from Steve and embarks on a brief relationship with Canadian commando Dylan Nash.

June 2018: Rosie meets former AFL player Matt Shir on a dating app.

September 2018: Shir moves into Rosie’s apartment at Bronte.

February 2019: Rosie celebrates her 40th birthday with Shir in Bali.

March/April 2019: According to Shir, Rosie admits herself to South Pacific Private rehabilitation clinic.

June/July 2019: Shir moves out of the Bronte apartment.

September 2019: Shir and Rosie resume their relationship; he stays regularly at Bronte.

October 2019: According to Shir, Steve Jacobs receives a call from Rosie’s neighbour to say she has ‘passed out from excessive alcohol’.

December 2019: Rosie flies to Bali for a yoga retreat. Upon her return she and Shir spend Christmas at her mother’s house. Shir says he finds Rosie passed out drunk on a riverbank.

January 8, 2020: Rosie sends Shir a love poem calling him her beautiful wookie’.

January 9, 2020: The couple splits up.

January 10, 2020: Shir breaks into Rosie’s home and gives her an unwanted hug.

September 2020:  Shir pleads guilty to common assault and recklessly damaging a privacy screen. According to Shir, Rosie admits herself to South Pacific Private.

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Jacobs objected to the contents of the affidavit, telling Daily Mail Australia: ‘I am a non-drinker and have been very proud of my sobriety for quite some time.’ 

‘Every single detail that Matt has alleged about me is entirely false and intended purely to cause detrimental harm to me,’ the 41-year-old journalist said.

The night Shir assaulted Jacobs on January 10 – the day after the pair had permanently separated – he broke into the Bronte apartment and grabbed her when she told him to leave.

A statement of facts tendered to the court said of the couple’s relationship: ‘There were reciprocal allegations of the other’s mental health state, alcohol addiction and infidelity.’ 

The assault has been described as an unwanted bear hug or cuddle.

Shir’s affidavit included allegations about Jacobs’s mental health and drinking. 

‘During our relationship it had become acutely obvious to me that Rose was troubled by excessive alcohol consumption,’ Shir wrote.

‘She would regularly drink to excess and on many occasions I expressed my concern to her that her consumption of alcohol was a problem and it would impact detrimentally on her life both in relation to herself and her children.’ 

Shir said that in March or April last year Jacobs admitted herself to South Pacific Private on the Northern Beaches, which describes itself as ‘Australia’s leading treatment centre.’

‘Her admission was directly as a result of her alcohol abuse,’ he said in evidence put before the court.

‘Upon her return from the South Pacific clinic Rose assured me that she was not drinking and that she was on the right track to alcohol abstinence.

‘My observations of her caused me to have reservations about those claims. As a result of that I moved out of the Bronte premises in about June or July of 2019.’ 

Shir said after moving out of the Bronte apartment he kept seeing Jacobs but with reduced contact for four to six weeks. 

He continued ‘looking to check on her welfare, principally her mental welfare, because her go-to response was more alcohol.’

By September the relationship had returned to its previous intimacy and Shir stayed over regularly at Bronte.

In October, according to Shir’s tendered affidavit, Steve Jacobs received a call from his ex-wife’s neighbour to say she was ‘passed out from excessive alcohol’.

‘Over the period of our relationship it was apparent to me that she self-medicated her anxiety and depression with excessive amounts of alcohol,’ Shir wrote.

‘I observed that when intoxicated she had no thoughts for her own or anyone else’s welfare.’ 

Shir, a development manager at ANZ Bank, said he was not a big drinker and would only occasionally have a couple of beers after work with colleagues.

Shir alleges he once found Jacobs (pictured) passed out drunk on a riverbank and that she was admitted to a rehab clinic due to alcohol problems

Shir alleges he once found Jacobs (pictured) passed out drunk on a riverbank and that she was admitted to a rehab clinic due to alcohol problems

Shir alleges he once found Jacobs (pictured) passed out drunk on a riverbank and that she was admitted to a rehab clinic due to alcohol problems

‘By the last quarter of 2019 Rose’s drinking had turned to levels of those prior to her going into rehabilitation,’ he wrote in his affidavit.

‘In December she indicated to me that she was going to travel to Bali to attend a yoga retreat. 

‘At that time, we were in a monogamous relationship (or so I thought). I had been faithful to her and was not in any other relationship from the time we met.’

Shir said that near the end of the Bali trip Jacobs asked him to advance her money so she could check out of the hotel where she was staying, which he did.

Upon her return to Sydney the couple picked up her children from Steve’s place and drove to Rosie’s mother’s house at Sawtell, near Coffs Harbour, for Christmas.

‘On one of the nights whilst we were there Rose consumed so much alcohol that I had to say something to her about what she was doing to herself,’ Shir wrote. 

Jacobs was ‘fully intoxicated’, according to Shir, when she walked out of the house which backs onto a river.

In October last year, according to Shir's affidavit, Steve Jacobs received a call from his ex-wife's neighbour to say she was 'passed out from excessive alcohol' at her Bronte apartment. Rosie and Steve are pictured

In October last year, according to Shir's affidavit, Steve Jacobs received a call from his ex-wife's neighbour to say she was 'passed out from excessive alcohol' at her Bronte apartment. Rosie and Steve are pictured

In October last year, according to Shir’s affidavit, Steve Jacobs received a call from his ex-wife’s neighbour to say she was ‘passed out from excessive alcohol’ at her Bronte apartment. Rosie and Steve are pictured

‘I waited several minutes expecting her to return but when she did not I went out searching and approximately 30 minutes later found her 50 metres up-stream passed out on the riverbank,’ he wrote.

‘It was obvious she had been in the water.’

Shir said the pair ‘officially’ separated on January 9 after Jacobs ‘simply would not listen to my entreaties to stop drinking excessively.’

The next night he let himself into her apartment after his own drinking session and she called police when he refused to leave.

Earlier that evening Jacobs had sent Shir an email demanding he return her apartment key. One minute later she sent another email, referring to her December 2019 trip to Bali. 

The second email also referred to her former commando lover Dylan Nash who Jacobs had been seeing before she met Shir and after she left Steve. 

‘By the way, yes I was with a “friend” in Bali,’ Jacobs wrote. ‘Oh – and Dylan is in Brisbane and is coming to stay with me so I’ll need that key ASAP to give to him. Thanks.’ 

The night after Jacobs and Shir broke up she sent him an email stating she needed the key to her apartment to give to her former commando lover Dylan Nash (pcitured)

The night after Jacobs and Shir broke up she sent him an email stating she needed the key to her apartment to give to her former commando lover Dylan Nash (pcitured)

The night after Jacobs and Shir broke up she sent him an email stating she needed the key to her apartment to give to her former commando lover Dylan Nash (pcitured)

Jacobs told Daily Mail Australia she did not have sex with Dylan when he came to stay with her in January.  

‘At no stage was I unfaithful to Matthew during our relationship,’ she said. 

‘I have male friends, all of whom have been very concerned for my welfare while Matt was in my life. 

‘With regards to Dylan, we have remained dear friends over the years – and he has been a supportive friend to me following my decision to leave Matt. 

‘There was no romantic involvement with Dylan when he came to visit me in January following my split with Matt, despite Matthew’s jealous allegations.’ 

Shir, who said he ended the relationship, pleaded guilty last month to common assault and recklessly damaging property – a privacy screen he had climbed over at the Bronte apartment.

His affidavit was tendered to the sentencing magistrate to put that behaviour into context.

‘Regarding the events of the evening I am truly sorry and really embarrassed about my behaviour,’ Shir wrote. 

Shir says he understands Jacobs (pictured) admitted herself to South Pacific Private clinic on September 7 this year 'due to having depression and worry for her own safety'

Shir says he understands Jacobs (pictured) admitted herself to South Pacific Private clinic on September 7 this year 'due to having depression and worry for her own safety'

Shir says he understands Jacobs (pictured) admitted herself to South Pacific Private clinic on September 7 this year ‘due to having depression and worry for her own safety’

‘Given that I believed that she may have started drinking after our abrupt break-up in the previous 24 hours, I thought going over to see her and comfort he was a good idea.  

‘Obviously it was not and I admitted that to the police subsequently.’ 

Shir said he had had no contact with Jacobs since the Bronte incident and had abided by an apprehended violence taken out to protect his former girlfriend.

‘Notwithstanding those restrictions I have still harboured a genuine concern for her welfare and her future prospects,’ he wrote.

Shir said he understood Jacobs admitted herself to South Pacific Private on September 7 this year ‘due to having depression and worry for her own safety.’

What Steve Jacobs said about his ex-wife’s last boyfriend Matt Shir

Steve Jacobs wrote a reference for Matt Shir which was tendered to court:

‘To whom it may concern,

I was in a relationship and married to Rose Jacobs for 12 years and we have two children. Our marriage broke down and we separated at the end of 2017. We agreed to share custody of the children week on, week off.

Rose has endured various problems for which she receives treatment. In the interest of my children, I do not wish to detail these problems for this hearing.

After Rose ended her relationship with Mathew Shir, I contacted him through a mutual friend to ask how the children were doing under Rose’s care. I wanted his opinion on their well-being.

While Mathew was in a relationship with Rose, many of the mothers from [an eastern suburbs school] where our children attend, commented to me that Matt was always stable, kind, caring, reliable and generous with his time helping Rose and taking care of the children. Since contacting him I have also witnessed these same traits. ‘

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Daily Mail Australia put all of Shir’s main claims to Jacobs, who addressed most of them in general rather than specifically.

‘He has made these allegations about me as an intent to seek revenge for me ending the relationship,’ she said. ‘No woman, under any circumstances deserves to be subjected to this.

‘I have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder as a result of my relationship with Matthew and have suffered severe anxiety and depression – for which I am taking a proactive approach and am seeking professional support.

‘Despite Matthews allegations, I am grateful that Steven and I are continuing to manage shared custody of our daughters and their health, happiness and well-being has always and will always be my number one priority in my life.

‘My daughters are my everything. 

‘I wish to move forward and put this entire situation behind me so I can focus on the future, my health and the happiness of my children.’ 

How Rosie Jacobs left her ‘unhappy’ marriage to TV weatherman Steve

Rosie and Steve Jacobs are pictured with their daughters Isabella and Francesca

Rosie and Steve Jacobs are pictured with their daughters Isabella and Francesca

Rosie and Steve Jacobs are pictured with their daughters Isabella and Francesca

Rosie and Steve Jacobs met on the set of Channel 9’s Today, where he was the weatherman and she was a producer, and married in Bali in May 2010. 

She announced their separation in March 2018.

The couple had moved to Vanuatu in mid-2017, in what friends described as a ‘last-ditch attempt’ to save their marriage. They have two daughters: Isabella, nine, and seven-year-old Francesca.

The couple sold their matrimonial home at Coogee in Sydney’s eastern suburbs for $4.6million in April 2018 and Rosie bought a two-bedroom apartment at nearby Bronte for $1.56million in November that year.

The same month Steve told WHO magazine he had been dealt a few ‘curve balls’ since his separation from Rosie.

Shortly after Rosie split from Steve she began seeing Canadian commando Dylan Nash but had moved on with retired AFL footballer Matt Shir in June 2018.

In February 2019 Jacobs celebrated her 40th birthday with Shir, who had moved into her Bronte apartment, in Bali. In June that year she wrote about her marriage breakdown in an article for Whimn.

‘Two years ago I decided to leave my unhappy marriage, after years of trying desperately to make it work,’ she wrote.

‘As a result of this separation, I’ve experienced plenty of anxiety and depression, often blaming and questioning myself.’

Steve, 53, left his role as Today weatherman last December and has been presenting a breakfast radio program this year.

Rosie, 41, who chopped and dyed blonde her famous brunette locks two years ago, has a new corporate hosting gig with Adviser Ratings, a company which helps people find qualified financial advice.

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Blackmores millionaire defends besieged Australia Post boss with her career in tatters

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The multi-millionaire behind the Blackmores healthcare empire has defended Australia Post boss Christine Holgate after she was castigated for spending company cash on expensive watches.

Ms Holgate admitted spending $12,000 on four Cartier watches as a reward for four executives, but it was later revealed the true figure was closer to $20,000. 

Marcus Blackmore, whose 23 per cent stake in Blackmores is worth more than $320million, believes the besieged boss should be issued an apology.

‘You wouldn’t do this (treatment) to your dog … she might have been out of line but don’t crucify her, for God’s sake,’ he told The Australian.

‘I saw what it did to her, she was crying for days, she was devastated. It was awful.’

Christine Holgate and Marcus Blackmore (pictured right) worked together for Blackmores for just under a decade

Christine Holgate and Marcus Blackmore (pictured right) worked together for Blackmores for just under a decade

Christine Holgate and Marcus Blackmore (pictured right) worked together for Blackmores for just under a decade

Mr Blackmore declared Ms Holgate (pictured above) should be issued an apology from numerous politicians and the media after she was unfairly treated

Mr Blackmore declared Ms Holgate (pictured above) should be issued an apology from numerous politicians and the media after she was unfairly treated

Mr Blackmore declared Ms Holgate (pictured above) should be issued an apology from numerous politicians and the media after she was unfairly treated

Ms Holgate, who has been temporarily stood down on full pay pending an investigation into the spending of company credit cards at Australia Post in recent years, worked for Blackmores as its chief executive before moving on in 2017. 

During her near decade-long tenure with Blakmores, company share prices rose significantly as the company capitalised on a consumer boom in China. 

Mr Blackmore also said there had been a significant ‘leadership gap’ at the ­company following Ms Holgate’s departure. 

‘Quite honestly I think the whole thing was bloody disgusting, the way she was treated,’ he said.

‘It was four watches, for God’s sake. Women like Cartier watches. She likes watches, she wanted to give people something memorable.’

The infamous luxury Cartier watches (pictured) that Christine Holgate gifted to Australia Post executives

The infamous luxury Cartier watches (pictured) that Christine Holgate gifted to Australia Post executives

The infamous luxury Cartier watches (pictured) that Christine Holgate gifted to Australia Post executives

He went onto state that ‘some women are showy’ and ‘most people can’t afford it, so that’s why it (watch) is a meaningful gift.’   

Mr Blackmore believes his former protege is unlikely to keep her job at the helm of Australia Post after damning comments from Prime Minister Scott Morrison about the scandal.  

‘I am not so concerned about her job, I am more concerned about her reputation,’ he said.

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