The REAL reason Michael Clarke was planning to take Pip Edwards to India: Cricket commentator was heading on a business trip and ‘wanted company when he texted his ex’
Wild footage leaked on Wednesday of a heated exchange between Clarke and his girlfriend Jade Yarbrough in a public park in Noosa, with Yarbrough accusing the former cricketer, 41, of sleeping with Edwards behind her back on December 17.
Yarbrough, 30, also accused Clarke of texting Edwards, 42, to tell her she was the ‘love of his life’ before inviting her on his visit to India, which is scheduled for next month.
Little was known about Clarke’s travel plans or upcoming commentary duties before his India trip was mentioned in the now-infamous video, which was recorded by a shocked onlooker on January 10.
If Yarbrough is correct and Clarke did ask Edwards, who is the co-founder of activewear brand P.E Nation, to accompany him to India, then it would seem he was looking for company on his business trip.
The full story behind Michael Clarke’s (left) alleged invitation to his ex Pip Edwards (right) to join him on his upcoming work trip to India is starting to emerge
Clarke’s six-figure commentary role could be in jeopardy after the footage was leaked, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) now reviewing his position.
Australia is scheduled to play India in a four-Test series starting on February 9 and Clarke was expected to fly out to be part of the BCCI’s commentary panel that would be heard on Fox Sports.
He had been approached to commentate on the first two Tests against Australia, with a rumoured payday of $150,000 plus expenses.
But News Corp is reported that sources in India believe Clarke may be blocked by the image-conscious BCCI.
Little was known about Clarke’s upcoming commentary duties in India before his trip was mentioned in the now-infamous video of his Noosa brawl, which was recorded on January 10
Clarke’s trip to India was mentioned by Yarbrough in their explosive argument as she accused him of wanting Edwards to accompany him on the journey.
‘You want to send her to India with you?’ Yarbrough yells in the vision.
‘Oh yeah, “You’re the love of my life Pip, come to India,”‘ she says, to which Clark replies: ‘Don’t ever talk to me again.’
On Wednesday night, dramatic footage, obtained by the Daily Telegraph, showed a shirtless Clarke being screamed at and slapped by his furious girlfriend Jade.
Others in the group, including Karl Stefanovic his partner Jasmine, who is also Jade’s sister, and celebrity accountant Anthony Bell, try to defuse the fracas.
In the video, Yarbrough (right) accused Clarke (left) of texting Edwards, 42, to tell her she was the ‘love of his life’ before inviting her on his trip to India, which is scheduled for next month
If Yarbrough is correct and Clarke did ask Edwards, then it would seem he was looking for company on his business trip. (Pictured: Yarbrough slapping Clarke in the January 10 video)
The melee was over Edwards, with Yarbrough accusing Clarke of cheating with her.
The video begins with her 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**king 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.
Clarke’s six-figure commentary role could be in jeopardy after the footage was leaked, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) now reviewing his position. (He is pictured in his previous role as a Channel Nine commentator with the late Shane Warne in December 2016)
‘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 swears on his daughter Kelsey Lee’s life he did not cheat on her, but Yarbrough refuses to believe Clarke’s protests and claims she spoke to Edwards.
‘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.’
In the video, Clarke repeatedly denies sleeping with Edwards: ‘No I didn’t. You can hit me. That’s not true, that’s not true,’ he says. (Pictured: Clarke and Edwards in October 2020)
Edwards (left) was having none of the drama when she returned to her eastern suburbs home late Wednesday evening. ‘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 told Daily Mail Australia
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, Jade can be heard crying as she turns to Clarke and howls: ‘I f**king hate you.’
The ugly altercation unfolded in front of young children nearby, according to stunned witnesses.
Clarke’s ugly altercation unfolded in front of young children nearby, according to stunned witnesses. Clarke has since apologised for his role in the scuffle
Clarke has since apologised for his role in the Noosa scuffle, telling the Daily Telegraph he accepted full responsibility for the incident and was shattered by his actions.
‘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 publication 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 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.
Clarke and Edwards dated on and off from June 2020 until December 2021
‘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.
He and Pip had been friends for more than a decade before that, but grew close while working on a fashion project together.
The former couple called it quits in December 2021.
Michael Clarke dated Pip Edwards (pictured in happier times) on and off for 18 months before ending things for good