Supercars great Craig Lowndes has revealed his ‘shame’ over a three-year online relationship with a girl he by no means met.
The 47-year-old has told News Corp he was in a “bad place” whereas he was messaging the lady on Instagram, earlier than he ended the connection in April.
He now claims he’s being “tormented” by the individual as he makes an attempt to get his relationship with spouse Lara again on observe.
“For me … I’m ashamed to be talking to you about this, it’s very sensitive to myself and Lara,” Lowndes instructed News Corp.
“Basically, I was in a bad place, but I’m not in that place anymore. I’m getting help.
“It is what it is, but I can honestly say Lara knows all about this and this third person is no longer in my life.
“Lara and I still live together, we had some time apart, but now we are committed to working through it all.
“Social media is an evil thing at times, it can be very beneficial, but it can also be very evil… we don’t even know this isn’t a catfish.”
Lowndes was kicked out of his home after his spouse discovered of the connection earlier within the yr – however now the couple try to patch issues up.
That effort has been hampered in current occasions after pictures of Mrs Lowndes appeared online exhibiting her with a bruised face.
However she insists Craig has by no means been violent in direction of her, placing her accidents right down to a fall.
“Marriages go through hard times, I would not wish on anybody what our marriage has gone through recently, it has been tough, but I’m standing by Craig,” she instructed News Corp.
“I fell and I hit my face … Craig and I were having words, but I certainly do not want it being misconstrued (as domestic violence).
“He did not strike me with his fist or anything like that.
The V8 racing icon revealed he instigated the online relationship with the woman, who was previously a major fan of his, after being in a bad place mentally.
“She was a big fan that I got suckered into having an initial conversation with online,” Lowndes stated.
“Mentally I wasn’t in a good place, those messages that I sent, I personally believed they were between that third party and myself, and I still stand by the fact that I have never met this person physically … I haven’t.”
He stated the lady is now tormenting he and his spouse online utilizing a number of faux accounts.
“Some of the s**t we’ve received is out of control, we have been tormented. It’s f***ing hard,” Mrs Lowndes stated.
‘I’d quite be there with you’
In screenshots of his messages to the lady on Instagram, obtained by News Corp, Lowndes will be seen declaring his sturdy emotions and dedication.
“I’d rather be there with you,” he wrote in a single message.
Lowndes can also be requested how his “fake marriage” goes, to which he replies, “yeah ok… I’m out in the shed. She is inside”.
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