The brutal reality of a footy break-up: Andrew Johns' ex-wife Cathrine Mahoney (pictured in 2012) has revealed how she once burst into tears at Centrelink after their divorce

NRL 2022: Andrew Johns’ ex-wife burst into tears at Centrelink after their divorce

Andrew Johns’ ex-wife Cathrine Mahoney burst into tears at Centrelink as she went in to change her name after their split.

Mahoney, a former entertainment publicist who was with Johns for 13 years, explained that she went back to her maiden name on her Medicare card.

†[After our divorce] I went to Centrelink to change the name on my Medicare card from Johns to Mahoney,” she said 2DayFM radio on Thursday.

The brutal reality of a footy break-up: Andrew Johns’ ex-wife Cathrine Mahoney (pictured in 2012) has revealed how she once burst into tears at Centrelink after their divorce

“And when I had to tell a complete stranger that my marriage is on the rocks, I burst into tears. She was sweet, she opened the drawer and got me a box of tissues,” she continued.

Johns and Mahoney tied the knot in 2007 before splitting up in 2011, but reconciled a year later.

In 2014 they broke up for good.

Interestingly, Mahoney opened up about her split with 2Day FM presenter Erin Molan, who reportedly had a falling out with Johns when they were both NRL commentators for Nine.

Emotional: Mahoney, a former entertainment publicist who was with Johns for 13 years, revealed on Thursday how she once burst into tears when she visited Centrelink to change her last name on her Medicare card.  (Pictured with 2Day FM radio host Erin Molan)

Emotional: Mahoney, a former entertainment publicist who was with Johns for 13 years, revealed on Thursday how she once burst into tears when she visited Centrelink to change her last name on her Medicare card. (Pictured with 2Day FM radio host Erin Molan)

By contributing to Johns’ book Two of Me, which was first published in 2007, Mahoney shed some light on their relationship.

About her then-husband’s bipolar disorder, she wrote in a chapter: “Andrew isn’t perfect, but who is? And there have been difficult times.

“I’m glad he revealed his bipolar condition, but, as he says, living with it isn’t all negative.”

In March 2009, the couple welcomed their son Louis. At the time, Johns already had a nine-year-old son from a previous marriage, Sam.

He divorced his first wife Renae Chapman in 2002, two years after he tied the knot.

Johns is now in a relationship with yoga instructor Kate Kendall, with whom he shares daughter Alice, born in September 2018.

History: Johns and Mahoney tied the knot in 2007 before splitting up in 2011, but reconciled a year later.  They broke up for good in 2014. (Photo: Andrew Johns in June 2018)

History: Johns and Mahoney tied the knot in 2007 before splitting up in 2011, but reconciled a year later. They broke up for good in 2014. (Photo: Andrew Johns in June 2018)

Happier times: In March 2009, the couple welcomed their son Louis (left).  Andrew already had a nine-year-old son from a previous marriage, Sam (right).  Pictured in 2012

Happier times: In March 2009, the couple welcomed their son Louis (left). Andrew already had a nine-year-old son from a previous marriage, Sam (right). Pictured in 2012

From crazy encounters with fans to ‘Joey’s’ colorful off-field career and his battles with drugs, alcohol and mental health – Mahoney and Johns’ relationship had it all, and was one of the most high-profile in Australia.

Now the former wife of one of Australia’s greatest footballers ever has chronicled her life with him in the all-encompassing memoir Current Between Husbands.

Mahoney’s book is an unsupervised approach explaining what life in the spotlight was like as the wife of one of Australia’s most recognizable sports stars.

Looking back now, it almost feels like Johns made as much headlines for his off-field exploits as he did for his on-field wizardry, especially when he revealed in 2007 that he had taken ecstasy many times throughout his career and that he suffered from bipolar. disorder.

Private battle: In 2007, Andrew Johns admitted to having battles with drug use and mental health

Private battle: In 2007, Andrew Johns admitted to having battles with drug use and mental health

Mahoney said that while it was clearly an incredibly difficult thing to do, Johns sharing his mental health struggles with the public was actually very moving for the couple.

“I don’t choose to have asthma, but I do. People who are bipolar don’t choose it, and it’s great that we live in a time where it’s being discussed,” she told the Daily Mail Australia.

‘When Andrew came out it was still taboo and I’m really proud of the fact that a huge number of people reached out and said ‘that helped my son or I don’t feel like the only one’…. it normalized it.’

In one of the most incredible sports interviews in recent memory, Johns took to the Footy Show in 2007 to admit that he had regularly used ecstasy during his playing career and suffered from bipolar disorder.

This was after he was publicly arrested for possession of an ecstasy pill on the Tube in London, which Mahoney says in her book was a confession of sorts that eventually “got the monkey off his back.”

Wedding: Mahoney and Johns married in 2007, after his public arrest for drug possession

Wedding: Mahoney and Johns married in 2007, after his public arrest for drug possession

They were always in the spotlight.

Mahoney writes about some interactions between fans in the book; some hilarious, some weird and some downright scary.

She said one situation in particular is the crown.

“My favorite interaction with fans is we had a friend who worked for the RTA [the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority]and she said someone had come in and they were trying to get license plates with ‘Joey’ on the front of their car and ‘Cathrine’ on the back,” she laughed.

‘I was like ‘that’s brilliant’, it always made me laugh; but I think I’d rather have Cath in the front and Joey in the back, thank you very much!’

Post-playing career: Johns has spent time as a coach and commentator since his retirement

Post-playing career: Johns has spent time as a coach and commentator since his retirement

Unfortunately, not all of the footy fan couple’s brushes were easy to laugh at.

Mahoney describes a terrifying situation with a couple of sisters who stalked, threatened and harassed both themselves and Johns, which eventually led to an AVO and luckily both women were charged.

Great career: Andrew Johns played 23 State of Origin games for NSW, including one game in 2005 which is considered one of his best efforts ever

Great career: Andrew Johns played 23 State of Origin games for NSW, including one game in 2005 which is considered one of his best efforts ever

Some of the good times for Mahoney were certainly the opportunity to support a man who was simply brilliant, the world’s best at something; and she says she will forever appreciate the relationships and connections she has made with rugby league.

“I loved Origin, I didn’t know rugby league until I met Andrew, but going to Suncorp Stadium was like going to Old Trafford to watch Manchester United – it was great,” Mahoney said.

“I loved the friendships I made in rugby, I’m still in touch and I love Kirralee Hughes, she and Mark are the best couple. Amanda Gower from Origin is also very nice.’

It’s fair to say that the memoir is a searing honest account of what was one of the most talked-about relationships in Australia at the time.

It also details the very best parts of her relationship with the man she said had a “beautiful ass that was probably the most famous ass in the southern hemisphere.”

Mahoney wanted to make sure this wasn’t just a punchy narration, but something their son Louis, 13, would love to read one day.

Tell-all: Cathrine Mahoney's book Current Between Husbands is out now

Tell-all: Cathrine Mahoney’s book Current Between Husbands is out now

“What I loved to write in the book is that you will read just as much about my meeting with him, our dates, infatuation, our accidents, our wedding – it was wonderful to write about being in love with someone, because 13 years have been we madly in love with each other,” she said.

“Andrew wrote a book when we were together, and in it he wrote a chapter about me and I wrote one about him. Our son Louis came home one day and said, “I’ve read Daddy’s book and what he wrote about you, and he said that when you walk into a room, you light it.”

“I thought when Louis is old enough, I want to read that we were very much in love and that he is a child with divorced parents, but very much loved,” Mahoney added.

Mahoney, who previously had a high-flying PR career, now appears on two successful podcasts; one she does herself called So, I Quit my Day Job, and another with Sarah McGilvray titled Not Another Parenting Podcast.

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