Why the ‘betrayal’ cuts deep: Michael Clarke had known Jade Yarbrough ‘for years’ before they started dating – as Karl Stefanovic calls them ‘a lovely couple’ in resurfaced interview
Michael Clarke and Jade Yarbrough had been friendly for years before their relationship blossomed – which makes his alleged betrayal all the more devastating for her.
Extraordinary footage emerged on Wednesday night of Today host Karl Stefanovic intervening in a blazing row between the couple in a public park in Noosa, as Yarbrough accused Clarke of cheating on her with his ex Pip Edwards.
Stefanovic and the former Australian cricket captain were holidaying on Queensland‘s Sunshine Coast with their respective partners, sisters Jasmine and Jade, at the time of the incident on January 10.
Michael Clarke and Jade Yarbrough had been friendly for years before their relationship blossomed, his mate Karl Stefanovic (pictured) revealed in August last year
It’s understood the melee was over Clarke’s ex-girlfriend, high-profile fashion designer Edwards, and recent messages between the pair.
The dramatic footage, obtained by the Daily Telegraph, shows a shirtless Clarke being screamed at and slapped by his furious girlfriend as others in the group, including Stefanovic and celebrity accountant Anthony Bell, try to defuse the fracas.
In a resurfaced interview from August last year, Stefanovic, who is married to Yarbrough’s sister Jasmine, shared details about Jade’s whirlwind romance with his long-time friend Clarke.
Extraordinary footage emerged on Wednesday of Karl Stefanovic intervening in a blazing row between the couple in a public park in Noosa, as Yarbrough (right) accused Clarke (left) of cheating on her with his ex Pip Edwards
He revealed on The Kyle and Jackie O Show how Clarke first met the interior designer.
‘He had a friend who was her business partner and so they met up and then got together,’ he explained.
‘We were with them on the weekend and they’re just a lovely couple.’
When asked by radio host Kyle Sandilands if the pair ‘were all over each other’, Stefanovic admitted: ‘Just a little bit too much’.
Stefanovic also said the couple had ‘kind of known each other for a couple of years but nothing happened’, and revealed Clarke had already introduced Yarbrough to his seven-year-old daughter Kelsey Lee.
The viral video of the Noosa incident shows Yarbrough accusing Clarke of sleeping with his ex Pip Edwards, the co-founder of activewear label P.E Nation, on December 17 and messaging her to say she is the ‘love of his life’.
Stefanovic and Clarke (pictured in October 2015) have been good friends for years
Stefanovic and his wife Jasmine (pictured) were forced to intervene during the ugly altercation between Clarke and his girlfriend
All hell broke loose as Clarke, Stefanovic and the Yarbrough sisters were having dinner at a beachside restaurant in Noosa with accountant Anthony Bell.
The video begins with Yarbrough screaming at Clarke before she slaps him in the face and pushes him away after the cricketer insists he didn’t cheated on her.
‘I’m wrong? I’m f**king wrong! You’re a f***ing liar. I can see everything. You called her,’ she screams, apparently referring to messages between Clarke and Edwards.
Clarke then tries to reassure Yarbrough he didn’t seep with Edwards on December 17, saying he was with Bell that night.
‘Baby you’re wrong, you’re wrong,’ Clarke insists. ‘Baby, baby, Belly was at the house. I swear on my life, I swear on my life… That’s not true, it’s not true.’
He then swore on his daughter Kelsey Lee’s life he did not cheat on her.
In the video, Clarke tries to reassure Jade he didn’t seep with Edwards on December 17, saying he was with his accountant friend Anthony Bell that night. (Pictured: the Yarbrough sisters)
But Yarbrough refuses to believe Clarke’s desperate protests and claims she spoke to Pip.
‘You’re f**king lying to me. You are a piece of s**t. I just spoke to her. What is wrong with you?’ she says.
Clarke again denies sleeping with Edwards and replies: ‘No I didn’t. You can hit me. That’s not true, that’s not true.’
He appeared to have injured his hamstring in the melee after he was pushed to the ground by Yarbrough, as he was seen hobbling across the public park.
Stefanovic’s wife Jasmine eventually steps in and grabs her distressed sister by the arm and drags her away.
Jasmine can be heard saying: ‘Get away with Karl, get away with Karl.’
As she is led away, Yarbrough can be heard crying as she turns to Clarke and howls: ‘I f**king hate you.’
Michael had known Jade for ‘a couple of years’ before they started dating, according to Karl
Clarke then tries to follow Yarbrough before he unleashes a wave of fury at Stefanovic, seemingly because he is walking away with the two sisters.
‘Karlos, I can tell you now c**t, don’t you f**king walk away. She can, she can punch me, but you, you c**t,’ Clarke says.
This comment sparks fury from Yarbrough, who defends her brother-in-law before slapping Clarke repeatedly in the face.
‘You piece of s**t, don’t you f**king speak to him,’ she yells.
Karl and Bell can be heard telling the couple to stop, which falls on deaf ears.
‘Go, hit me hit me … do it again, you’re wrong, you’re f**king wrong,’ Clarke tells his girlfriend.
Yarbrough screams: ‘Oh am I wrong? You f**ked her on December 17, you f**ked her… you’re a f**king dog… I’m going to show her every f**king message you ever f**king sent me.’
She makes reference to a text she allegedly saw on Clarke’s phone inviting Edwards to come to India with him.
‘Oh yeah, “You’re the love of my life Pip, come to India,”‘ Yarbrough says, to which Clark replies: ‘Don’t ever talk to me again.’
The two-minute clip ends with Jasmine and Bell separating the feuding couple.
‘Stop, Jade, stop,’ Jasmine pleads. Bell adds: ‘Let it go, Jade.’
The ugly altercation unfolded in front of young children nearby, according to stunned witnesses.
A remorseful Clarke has since taken full responsibility for what happened.
Clarke and Edwards dated on and off from June 2020 until December last year
‘I’m absolutely gutted I’ve put people I hold in the highest regard in this position. My actions in the lead-up to this altercation were nothing short of shameful and regrettable,’ he told The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday.
‘I am shattered that because of my actions I’ve drawn women of class and integrity, and my mates, into this situation.’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted all other parties involved for comment.
Meanwhile, Edwards, 42, was having none of the drama when she returned to her eastern suburbs home late Wednesday evening after attending Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road concert at Allianz Stadium in Moore Park.
‘This is not my circus. Yet again, Michael in his true nature has not taken responsibility for his actions and I was blatantly lied to,’ she said in a statement to Daily Mail Australia.
Clarke’s relationship with his ex-partner Edwards began in June 2020, following his split from wife Kyly Clarke (née Boldy), which they announced four months earlier.
Michael Clarke dated Pip Edwards (pictured in happier times) on and off for 18 months before ending things for good a year ago
He and Pip had been friends for more than a decade before that, but grew close while working on a fashion project together.
The couple called it quits in December 2021.
A source close to the pair confirmed the split, saying: ‘The decision was mutual. They’re two best friends who decided to part ways as a couple earlier this month, but continue their friendship.’
After their break-up, Pip had a fling with Bondi restaurateur Cameron Northway for about four months, but that fizzled out and she got back with Michael.
Michael and Pip had recently attended an exclusive A-list New Year’s Day bash at Sydney’s iconic Icebergs.
The former Australian Test cricket captain was married to ex-model Kyly, 40, from 2012 until 2019, but the couple didn’t announce their separation until February 2020.
The Clarkes had kept their separation quiet for several months before she put out a statement on Instagram saying their priority was their daughter.
In a statement at the time, the pair said the ‘amicable’ decision to separate was ‘the best course’ for their daughter.
Michael was married to model Kyly Clarke, 40, from 2012 until 2019, but they didn’t announce their separation until February 2020. They are pictured here with their daughter Kelsey Lee