Titans, Eels NRL star Bryce Cartwright and anti-vax wife Shanelle split after move to Sydney

Former Gold Coast Titans player Bryce Cartwright and his anti-vaxxer wife Shanelle have split up after a tough year making headlines in 2020.

The 25-year-old signed a contract with the Parramatta Eels late last year for the 2021 season after relocating to NSW with his wife and their two children, Koa and Naia, for personal reasons.

While the reasons weren’t cited at the time, the pair no longer have any photos of each other on their Instagram accounts and aren’t following each other.

“I know he’s had some family dramas and he’s gone to Sydney to sort some stuff out … hopefully he is OK with his family,” Titans captain Kevin Proctor told The Daily Telegraph last September, admitting he was worried about his teammate.

That same month Cartwright told 9 News the couple had been sent vile threats from people on social media, involving their children, because of their stance on vaccinations.

“At some point it does take a toll,” he said.

“I speak to a counsellor every now and then just to clear my mind.”

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Cartwright’s agent Allan Gainey, of Pinnacle Sports Management, said they wouldn’t be commenting on the split because it was a “personal matter”.

“Look, the kid is in a good spot at the moment and I want to keep him in that spot,” he said.

“He doesn’t need any publicity surrounding his personal life.”

Gainey said anyone “going through a separation, possible separation or divorce” would not want it in the media.

“It’s a personal affair,” he said.

Cartwright took a drastic pay cut in order to get another opportunity in the NRL, agreeing to a minimum-wage contract after the Titans negotiated a release when the 25-year-old made plans to return to Sydney.

The Titans said they had concerns for the star’s welfare when they let him out of his contract, reportedly worth $450,000, following headlines in May when he was granted permission to play despite refusing a mandatory influenza vaccination under the NRL’s return-to-play regulations.

He was granted the special exemption on “medical grounds” by Queensland’s Chief Medical Officer Jeannette Young.

His high profile stance attracted plenty of support from Australian stars, including former Home And Away actor Isabel Lucas.

But many lashed out at the couple after Mrs Cartwright shared several Instagram posts from Taylor Winterstein – wife of former NRL star Frank Winterstein – comparing the plight of anti-vaccination advocates to Jews during the Holocaust.

In May, Mrs Cartwright posted an image of Holocaust victim Anne Frank with the caption: “The people who hid Anne Frank were breaking the law, the people who killed her were following it.”

Despite the backlash, Mrs Cartwright didn’t back down on her assertion, sharing more Holocaust posts later.

While those posts have been deleted, in August she shared another Holocaust meme seemingly related to the coronavirus pandemic.

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While Mrs Cartwright has removed any photos of her husband from her account, the only remaining picture of him is the one she posted in May detailing their anti-vaccination stance.

The couple maintained they were not “anti-vax” but pro-choice.

In a telling Instagram post on October 9 she shared a billboard sign that read, “Stop f***ing with people who make you feel average”.

On Christmas Day she posted a photo with her kids saying, “Merry Christmas all, love from me and my babies”, while Cartwright also posted a solo shot with the kids for Christmas.

Some of Mrs Cartwright’s Instagram posts have been censored because of misinformation warnings.

In a July post, she wrote, “It’s just a vaccine. Just a vaccine that holds no one responsible if you’re injured by it. Just a vaccine that hasn’t undergone the rigorous testing it needs to. Just a vaccine that isn’t vegan, isn’t certified halal, isn’t organic but is still apparently a one size fits all. How is the same vaccine for a fully grown man suitable for a new born child? Will this vaccine undergo a double blind placebo? (the GOLD STANDARD for any pharmaceutical product).”

While COVID-19 vaccine trials have moved forward considerably since then, even at the time they were undergoing rigorous testing.

Claims they are unsafe have been repeatedly refuted and are backed by scientific evidence and countless studies.

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Jarryd Hayne trial: Day 6 updates, sexual assault trial from Newcastle Court

Ex-NRL superstar Jarryd Hayne has told a court that the woman who has accused him of sexual assault is “full of shit”.

The former Parramatta fullback is on trial at Newcastle District Court fighting allegations he forced himself on the woman, then 26, after arranging to go to her house the night of the 2018 NRL grand final.

The court has heard the woman suffered two lacerations to her genitalia when Mr Hayne, 32, allegedly pulled off her pants and began digital and oral sex on her as a taxi waited outside her Fletcher home.

Mr Hayne claims the sex was consensual and the woman’s injuries were caused by a stray fingernail.

During a fiery cross-examination from Crown Prosecutor Brian Costello on Tuesday, Mr Hayne said he felt like he was “on repeat” having to answer the same question about what force he used when he says he inserted his fingers into the woman’s vagina.

He said he couldn’t “judge force” but “started slow and went faster”.

“I was going fast that’s all I can really explain … I didn’t have a radar on that night I’m sorry,” he said.

Mr Costello asked if he was being “gentle” or “rough” with his fingers.

Mr Hayne then snapped back: “Oh mate, they were in her vagina”.

The court was played for the second time intercepted phone calls from 2018 in which Mr Hayne told Newcastle captain Mitchell Pearce the woman was a “full blown weirdo”.

Mr Costello asked Mr Hayne if he felt that way because the accusation could impact on his career.

“I was fuming because she was full of shit,” Mr Hayne replied.

Mr Hayne had been in Newcastle that night to attend a buck’s party for a former Fiji teammate.

The court heard that a $550 taxi was arranged for Mr Hayne to travel back to Sydney but he made a pit stop at the woman’s home after the pair exchanged explicit messages on Instagram.

Mr Costello put to Mr Hayne that he kept the taxi outside because he only wanted “sex, and the quicker the better”.

The former NRL star denied this.

But he agreed the woman had been “upset” about the taxi being there and that she told him she didn’t “want to have sex”.

He said he instead initiated kissing and oral sex because he “thought she’d like it”.

He denied that she told him to stop.

The court also heard that a $50 note was seen on the bed when the complainant returned from a shower to wash blood off herself after suffering the injury.

Mr Hayne asked “is that yours?” before pocketing the note when she said no, the court heard.

Mr Costello questioned whether the $50 note was an attempt to “bribe her silence” or make her “feel better”.

Mr Hayne refuted this and said it must have fallen out of his pocket while he was lying on the bed.

“I’m assuming when I took my phone out,” he said.

Mr Hayne told the court he went to the woman’s house believing there was “potential” for sex and admitted that he saw her as a “fling”.

The court has previously heard that when he arrived, he asked if she wanted to have a “singalong” before using her laptop to play “two or three” songs including an Ed Sheeran cover of the Oasis classic ‘Wonderwall’.

On Tuesday he was read part of the lyrics to the song and asked if it was an attempt to “seduce” the woman.

Mr Hayne said it was merely one of his “go-to” songs he used to “break the ice” in an awkward situation.

The prosecutor then made the blunt accusation that the star athlete had “made up lies as part of your evidence to explain away bits of your evidence”.

“I don’t understand what you think I’m lying about,” Mr Hayne replied.

The trial continues.

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