The Bachelorette star Charlie Newling dies: Ali Oetjen looks sombre as she steps out in Queensland following news of former suitor’s suicide
The Bachelorette‘s Ali Oetjen has been seen for the first time since news broke her former suitor Charlie Newling had died after his car fell from a cliff in Sydney.
The 37-year-old appeared sombre as she stepped out in Queensland on Tuesday, just hours after it was revealed the troubled reality star had died.
The TV star looked deep in thought as she walked to her car after visiting a local shop.
She wore grey sport tights, a crop top, a long sleeve linen shirt and beige sandals for the outing.
After returning from her shopping trip, Ali shared a video to her Instagram spruiking healing crystals.
‘Hello, I’ve just finished a coaching session and I noticed that my clear quartz crystal is radiating so much heat. So it’s doing it’s job and connecting with my body,’ she began.
‘I have three gold necklaces at 35 per cent off and there are also a few silvers. So if you haven’t already and you’re into crystals then check them out.’
The video came just hours after news broke that Newling, 36, who appeared on Oetjen’s season of The Bachelorette in 2018, died after his car fell from a cliff in Dover Heights, in Sydney‘s eastern suburbs, at 11pm on Saturday.
Police and ambulance workers arrived at Raleigh Reserve after being contacted by locals who found his car on fire at the bottom of the 70-metre cliff.
Newling is understood to have welcomed his second child, a daughter, with his partner Kristal Taylor just eight weeks ago.
He also has a 13-year-old son from a previous relationship.
Newling was initially a front-runner to win Oetjen’s heart on the Channel 10 dating show and was nicknamed ‘Mr Perfect’ by viewers after boasting of his strong ‘family values’.
But fans turned on him over his so-called controlling behaviour towards Oetjen, including refusing to introduce her to his family until they were ‘exclusive’.
Then, just two days after being kicked off The Bachelorette, footage emerged of him being wrestled to the ground outside the The Golden Sheaf in Double Bay.
Newling, who had appeared on The Project earlier that night, said he had been drinking and was celebrating his time on the show with friends when a scuffle broke out with bouncers about 10.50pm.
After the incident, it emerged he had a then eight-year-old son from a previous relationship that he hadn’t disclosed on the show.
While he briefly dated former Bachelor star Dasha Gaivoronski after leaving the show, he maintained a low profile.
This was until September 2022, when he was sentenced to 13 months in prison for threatening to torture and kill his stepfather in a series of 37 text messages over a three hour period.
Magistrate Ross Hudson heard Newling had suffered significant childhood trauma, including having to care for his biological father when he was a teenager after he had an accident and became paraplegic.
His father died in 2018 from an overdose of pain medication.
The court also heard Newling, who worked as a builder after his brush with fame on The Bachelorette, had struggled with alcohol abuse.
He was convicted of a mid-range drink driving offence in 2021. He was handed a 13-month prison sentence to be served in the community.
A police spokesman confirmed Saturday night’s crash was not being treated as suspicious.
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