Inglis’s ex: G.I. in ‘better place’ post-rehab
THE ex-wife of retired rugby league star Greg Inglis has opened up about their split for the first time, revealing their friendship is stronger than ever since their break-up and his high-profile stint in rehab.
Sally Inglis, who confirmed the couple had ended their marriage in 2017, said the embattled former South Sydney Rabbitohs star was in "such a better place" since retiring from the NRL in April, and his stint in a no-contact rehabilitation facility the following month.
Sally said Sydney-based Greg was "seeing the kids a lot more" - Nate, 5, and Quinn, 2 - and that both she and he had become stronger people.
"I did notice he'd gotten pretty quiet and after being in there (rehabilitation) he is slowly just getting stronger and stronger," Sally said.
"He would call the kids basically every day that he was in there and he still does … and then as soon as he got out he came and saw them."
"He's in such a better place and because we have the kids now by ourselves we check in on each other so much more than we ever did when we were married, so we are probably better friends now than we have been since having kids."
Sally was renting a home with the children on the Sunshine Coast - where she lived for the past six months while house-hunting in Brisbane - which she said protected her from the public interest around Greg's sudden retirement.
"That's been our life for basically our whole adult life. We have to deal with the fact that if we do something everyone is going to react because we are public people, so I don't really know any different," she said.
"It can be hard but this time I'm more worried about him.
"The kids they just adore their dad and they just don't know any different. They just think everyone's dad is like that and everyone has a dad doll and a dad on TV."
Sally said the couple, who married in 2010, knew it was "definitely time" to separate in 2017 and had become better communicators since co-parenting their children.
"At the time you think that, especially when you've got kids, you do worry that you're doing the right thing, but I 100 per cent know we did the right thing now," she said.
"By the time you separate, that's the hard part. As soon as you separate then you start the next chapter of your life."
"Of course over the last two years there's been times where it has been really hard but in the last probably six or seven months he's gone through a lot and him and I are probably stronger people separately and stronger people together as parents because he's gone through that and he's come out the other end."
Sally is returning to full-time work for the first time since having children, as the events co-ordinator for award-winning specialty coffee roaster Industry Beans, which has this weekend opened its first Queensland location, a brunch and events space in the inner suburb of Newstead.
Sally will hold a lavish launch event at the venue on Wednesday, with the children spending the school holidays with Greg and his parents while she returns to work.
"Greg is seeing the kids a lot more now too, and it's worked really well so far," she said.
"As far as parenting goes we are on the same page and we respect each other's parenting, so we don't fight about the kids ever, which is really good."