Jimmy Bartel adds fuel to rumours he split with Lauren Mand after sharing picture of his Christmas

Jimmy Bartel has added fuel to swirling rumours he’s split from girlfriend Lauren Mand.

The 37-year-old raised eyebrows on Saturday when he uploaded a photo of himself and his sons celebrating Christmas together – with Lauren nowhere in sight.  

The AFL star was all smiles as he posed with his sons Aston, five, and Henley, two, who he shares with ex-wife Nadia. 

Where's Lauren? Jimmy Bartel, 37, added fuel to swirling rumours he's split from girlfriend Lauren Mand on Saturday when he uploaded this photo of himself and his sons Aston, five, and Henley, two, celebrating Christmas - with Lauren nowhere in sight

Where’s Lauren? Jimmy Bartel, 37, added fuel to swirling rumours he’s split from girlfriend Lauren Mand on Saturday when he uploaded this photo of himself and his sons Aston, five, and Henley, two, celebrating Christmas – with Lauren nowhere in sight 

‘2020,’ the retired Geelong player captioned his post, adding a Christmas tree and double heart emoji. 

Lauren hasn’t ‘liked’ Jimmy’s photo, but the Melbourne socialite still follows his account. Jimmy is also still following Lauren on Instagram. 

It comes after fans noticed Lauren has vanished from Jimmy’s Instagram feed in recent months.  

What happened? Lauren hasn't 'liked' Jimmy's photo, but the Melbourne socialite still follows his account

What happened? Lauren hasn’t ‘liked’ Jimmy’s photo, but the Melbourne socialite still follows his account 

The last new image Jimmy shared of Lauren was in March, which he reposted in September to celebrate their one-year anniversary.   

Jimmy’s main Instagram feed now focuses solely on the children he shares with his influencer ex Nadia. 

Meanwhile, Lauren deleted her Instagram account in October and created a new, private account, for her close friends and family.  

Intriguing: The last new image Jimmy shared of Lauren was in March, which he reposted in September to celebrate their one-year anniversary

Intriguing: The last new image Jimmy shared of Lauren was in March, which he reposted in September to celebrate their one-year anniversary

Prior to staring the new page, Lauren had last posted about Jimmy in September, sharing a picture of their puppy Kensi.

‘Definitely a daddy’s girl, but sometimes mumma sneaks a cuddle,’ she wrote on her Instagram Stories. 

However, Lauren deleted her account shortly after posting this, which by then had racked up thousands of followers thanks to her high-profile relationship.

Private: Meanwhile, Lauren deleted her Instagram account in October and created a new, private account, for her close friends and family

Private: Meanwhile, Lauren deleted her Instagram account in October and created a new, private account, for her close friends and family 

She soon started another profile, but it is hidden from public view and has just 49 followers and eight posts.

One of those followers does happen to be Jimmy, however, and Lauren’s account follows him back.

She may have made the transition to a private account after being bullied by trolls who believe they are supporting Nadia.

Sweet: Lauren last posted about Jimmy in September, sharing this picture of their puppy Kensi. 'Definitely a daddy's girl, but sometimes mumma sneaks a cuddle,' she wrote

Sweet: Lauren last posted about Jimmy in September, sharing this picture of their puppy Kensi. ‘Definitely a daddy’s girl, but sometimes mumma sneaks a cuddle,’ she wrote

Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting Nadia is involved in, or even aware of, the trolling against her ex-husband’s girlfriend.

In August, she was targeted by an anonymous ‘hate account’ on Instagram, which uploaded several cruel posts about her and her relationship with Jimmy.

She has maintained a dignified silence despite the vitriol on social media. 

Jimmy and Lauren were first pictured together in August 2019.

Decision: She may have made the transition to a private account after being targeted by trolls who believe they are supporting Jimmy's ex-wife Nadia Bartel

Decision: She may have made the transition to a private account after being targeted by trolls who believe they are supporting Jimmy’s ex-wife Nadia Bartel

It came very soon after he and Nadia announced their separation. However, the Bartels are believed to have split two months prior, in June, and it is not suggested there was any overlap in the relationships.

The last time Lauren publicly declared her love for her partner was – like Jimmy – in September, when the pair celebrated their anniversary.

Sharing an image of the couple as Simpsons characters, she wrote: ‘Three hundred and sixty five days. Thanks for the artwork, it’s going straight to the pool room.’  

De-listed: Jimmy and Nadia (left) announced their separation on August 15, 2019, but they are believed to have split two months prior

De-listed: Jimmy and Nadia (left) announced their separation on August 15, 2019, but they are believed to have split two months prior

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