Nadia Bartel has first broken her silence after a video of her ‘snorting white powder’ and breaking Melbourne’s strict lockdown went viral in September 2021.
In the video, the former WAG was filmed by business associate Ellie Pearson sniffing white powder from a $1.50 Kmart sign during an illegal gathering at a friend’s house.
Nadia, 37, told Stellar magazine on Sunday she is hurt by her actions “disappointed people whose opinion means everything to me.”
‘I made a big mistake. And I accept that. I just feel like there’s a real, ongoing pursuit – still. And that’s what feels very hurtful,” she said.
Henne’s creator said she initially wanted to share her story and “speak her truth,” but realized that people will always have their own opinion.
Nadia Bartel has broken her silence after being infamously caught sniffing white powder off a $1.50 Kmart sign: ‘I made a huge mistake’
“I just want my actions to speak louder than any words,” she added.
“The reaction on social media was very negative towards me and it hurt a lot. What hurt more was the feeling that I had let down people I love and whose opinion means everything to me.’
Nadia also explained on Instagram that her interview has given her a “sense of peace and a chance to move on now.”
“I own my mistakes and will continue to focus on what is really around me and in time my actions will speak louder than any words,” she said.
In September 2021, Nadia’s business partner Ellie filmed her breaking lockdown rules and sniffing white powder at an illegal gathering.
Ellie accidentally uploaded the footage to her Instagram page, and a day later, Nadia broke her silence with a public apology.
“Hello everyone, I have let you all down by my actions. I take full responsibility and am committed to taking all necessary steps to ensure I make better choices in the future,” Nadia wrote in a post.
“To my family and friends, my business associates and the healthcare workers who try to protect us all, I am ashamed and sorry.
“I am sincerely and deeply sorry. I hope I can earn your forgiveness and, in time, your trust.”
In the viral video, the former WAG was filmed by her business partner Ellie Pearson breaking lockdown and sniffing white powder during an illegal gathering at a friend’s house.
At the time, private and public gatherings were not allowed in Melbourne, where Bartel lives, under Victoria’s Covid restrictions.
Nadia’s apology – which included a request for forgiveness from healthcare workers – seemed to confirm that the meeting had been held on Thursday, September 2.
A later report claimed that the video first came online because Ellie had a cracked phone screen.
It is alleged that she tried to send the video to her sister; But because her phone screen was damaged, she pressed the wrong buttons.
As a result, the clip was posted to both Instagram and Facebook and was online for about 10 minutes before being taken down, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
But it was soon copied and shared by others.
Nadia, 37, told Stellar magazine on Sunday she is hurt by her actions ‘disappointed people I love and whose opinion means the world to me’
Nadia and three other women were each fined $5,452 after scathing footage of the party was posted on Instagram.
Nadia was not charged with drug offenses because the police could not prove what she was sniffing.
The influencer is a mother of two and the ex-wife of retired AFL star Jimmy Bartel, a Brownlow Medalist who spent his career with the Geelong Cats.
The couple split in 2019 after five years of marriage.
Nadia Bartel’s full spread can be seen in the April 23 issue of Stellar magazine