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NRL 2022: Andrew Johns’ ex-wife burst into tears at Centrelink after their divorce

The brutal reality of a footy break-up: Andrew Johns’ ex-wife reveals how she once burst into tears at Centrelink after their divorce

Andrew Johns’ ex-wife, Cathrine Mahoney, has opened up about her high-profile split from the NRL great.

Mahoney, a former entertainment publicist who was with Johns for 13 years, revealed on Thursday how she once burst into tears when she visited Centrelink to change her last name back to her maiden name on her Medicare card.

†[After our divorce] I went to Centrelink to change the name on my Medicare card from Johns to Mahoney,” she said The Morning Crew with Hughesy, Ed and Erin

The brutal reality of a footy break-up: Andrew Johns' ex-wife Cathrine Mahoney (pictured in 2012) has revealed how she once burst into tears at Centrelink after their divorce

The brutal reality of a footy break-up: Andrew Johns’ ex-wife Cathrine Mahoney (pictured in 2012) has revealed how she once burst into tears at Centrelink after their divorce

“And when I had to tell a complete stranger that my marriage is on the rocks, I burst into tears. She was sweet, she opened the drawer and got me a box of tissues,” she continued.

Johns and Mahoney tied the knot in 2007 before splitting up in 2011, but reconciled a year later.

In 2014 they broke up for good.

Emotional: Mahoney, a former entertainment publicist who was with Johns for 13 years, revealed on Thursday how she once burst into tears when she visited Centrelink to change her last name on her Medicare card.  (Pictured with 2Day FM radio host Erin Molan)

Emotional: Mahoney, a former entertainment publicist who was with Johns for 13 years, revealed on Thursday how she once burst into tears when she visited Centrelink to change her last name on her Medicare card. (Pictured with 2Day FM radio host Erin Molan)

By contributing to Johns’ book Two of Me, which was first published in 2007, Mahoney shed some light on their relationship.

About her then-husband’s bipolar disorder, she wrote in a chapter: “Andrew isn’t perfect, but who is? And there have been difficult times.

“I’m glad he revealed his bipolar condition, but, as he says, living with it isn’t all negative.”

In March 2009, the couple welcomed their son Louis. At the time, Johns already had a nine-year-old son from a previous marriage, Sam.

History: Johns and Mahoney tied the knot in 2007 before splitting up in 2011, but reconciled a year later.  They broke up for good in 2014. (Photo: Andrew Johns in June 2018)

History: Johns and Mahoney tied the knot in 2007 before splitting up in 2011, but reconciled a year later. They broke up for good in 2014. (Photo: Andrew Johns in June 2018)

He divorced his first wife Renae Chapman in 2002, two years after he tied the knot.

Johns is now dating yoga instructor Kate Kendall, with whom he shares daughter Alice, born in September 2018

The former Newcastle Knights player made headlines in 2007 when he was found to be in possession of an ecstasy tablet on the London Underground.

Happier times: In March 2009, the couple welcomed their son Louis (left).  Andrew already had a nine-year-old son from a previous marriage, Sam (right).  Pictured in 2012

Happier times: In March 2009, the couple welcomed their son Louis (left). Andrew already had a nine-year-old son from a previous marriage, Sam (right). Pictured in 2012

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