Lachlan Spark has retired from social media after posting several personal messages criticizing his ex-wife Lauren Phillips for being selfish during their brief marriage.
The scorned ex lashed out at Phillips, a well-respected Channel Nine TV journalist, several times over the past week, revolving her lifestyle and revealing that he had proposed ‘losing weight’ in order to make the marriage a success.
He last commented on the pitfalls of their marriage two days ago, but admitted on Sunday that he regretted speaking about Phillips and “let his ego get in the way.”
“It was incredibly naive and stupid of me to say anything about my experience,” he told de Herald Sun.
Lachlan Spark has retired from social media after posting several personal messages criticizing his TV journalist ex-wife Lauren Phillips for being selfish during their brief marriage
He’s smitten: Lachlan said he met his new girlfriend Courtney through ‘pure, dumb luck’, adding, ‘She knows how to love me like never before … I love you’
‘I deserve all the criticism I have received and I regret the pain I have caused. Back to anonymity for this fool. ‘
Following the statement, Spark has deactivated his Instagram page and has not indicated when he will return to social media.
In a shocking Instagram post debuting his new girlfriend Courtney Wynbergen last week, Spark said he had been looking for more content from a partner since divorcing Phillips.
In the scathing assessment of his marriage, he accused Lauren of “caring more about herself” during their relationship.
‘A while ago I married a girl who cared about herself and how she was perceived much more than about me.
Anything but friendly: Lachlan Spark made headlines this week after posting an eyebrow-raising online attack against his one-year-old ex-wife, Lauren Phillips. Both pictured in 2014
Anywhere: Lachlan and Lauren married in 2017 after six years of dating, but confirmed their divorce in December 2018 after just one year of marriage. In happier times: Lauren Phillips marries Lachlan Spark
‘I really believed there was more to a relationship (and life) than deep friends, free vacations and Instagram followers – I just had to find it.
‘As I approached 40 I was more than a little nervous, I had wasted much of my life with the wrong person, and that I had a great chance of finding someone who would (or could) give me love that I knew deserved. ‘
But Spark has since changed its tune.
On Sunday, he said, “I’ve been very careful not to talk badly about Lauren since we broke up because despite what we’ve been through, she’s a good person.
“Foolishly, I let my emotions and my ego get in the way of my better judgment.”
Spark, who runs his own creative agency, admitted that he suggested Phillips “ lose weight ” in a follow-up interview.
He said it was not so much a list of demands as a “framework of changes” in which he asked his then 39-year-old partner to be more active.
On Sunday he said, ‘I’ve been very careful not to talk bad about Lauren since we broke up because despite what we’ve been through, she’s a good person
“I said there were some changes needed to make it work,” the Antarctica marathoner told the publication, before smothering claims he once asked her to “lose weight.”
‘Help around the house, lift a little, I said to her, and I regret framing it that way, but I said I’m more attracted to people when they are active because I’m an active person .
“I could have stayed for 20 years, but it would all have been on Lauren’s terms. Her conditions are fine if you’re happy with that lifestyle, ‘he added.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Phillips for further comment.
The Weekend Today presenter has maintained a dignified silence since her wedding was put in the spotlight this week.
New Flame: His blistering statement came when he debuted with his new girlfriend, Courtney Wynbergen, (pictured) who he says had ‘changed his world’
He last commented on the pitfalls of marriage two days ago – but on Sunday, Spark admitted regretting speaking about Phillips and ‘let his ego get in the way’
The couple married in 2017 after six years of dating, but confirmed their split just 12 months later.
The family home the couple bought in Melbourne with the intention of starting a family will hit the market next month for $ 1.3 million.
Both Spark and Phillips have moved on since then, with the latter reportedly dating multi-millionaire jet tycoon Paul O’Brien, who happens to be the ex-boyfriend of Sunrise presenter Sam Armytage.
Meanwhile, Sparks revealed that he met Wynbergen through ‘pure dumb luck’.
“I ran into this girl and my world changed,” he wrote online when he debuted their relationship.
He went on to call Wynbergen a ‘hunter’, ‘loyal’ and ‘utterly magnificent’, adding, ‘She knows how to love me the way I have never been loved … I love you.’
New man: Lauren is now believed to be dating multi-millionaire jet tycoon Paul O’Brien, who happens to be the ex-boyfriend of Sunrise presenter Sam Armytage