During an appearance on The Anj, Rob & Robbo Show on Thursday, former Home and Away star Lincoln Lewis discussed his parents’ high-profile separation.
Lincoln’s father, rugby league great and Channel Nine analyst Wally Lewis, secretly divorced Jacqui, his 36-year wife, last year, it was announced in February.
Wally is now believed to be dating Lynda Adams, a Townsville mother and blogger.
When asked how his mother had to cope with host Robert McKnight’s marriage breakup, 33-year-old Lincoln first struggled to get words and describe how hard it has been for the whole family, particularly when “going around publicly.
‘It’s definitely been difficult for everybody, and everyone who goes through things… it’s obviously going to be difficult,’ a casually dressed Lincoln told Robert McKnight.
You’re going through stuff in front of the camera, and that’s part of the deal.
Lincoln said she was surrounded by good people who love and care about her when she asked how his mum, Jacqui, copes with it.
We’ve all banded together, and we’re a close-knit bunch. She’s surrounded by some incredible people. That is the thing that propels everyone forwards (difficult times).
Lincoln went on to discuss mental health in general, emphasising the importance of providing a strong support system.
At the end of the day, the most important thing is to have good people in your life who love, care about, and help you.
But she’s clearly surrounded by it. He added, We have our ups and downs, but she’s surrounded by good people.
In February, it was revealed that Lincoln’s father, Wally, had divorced his wife, Jacqui.
The 61-year-old Queensland legend, who owned the State of Origin arena in the 1980s and early 1990s, announced last year that he and wife Jacqui had secretly broken up.
He said at the time, This is a highly personal matter that we do not want to address publicly.
I’d like to express my condolences for the suffering and anguish my family has endured since Jacqui and I divorced last year. I’m hoping that with time, we’ll be able to mend our bonds and move on with our lives.
I’ll confirm that I’m now in a new relationship, and all I ask is that the media respect our privacy.
He acknowledged that it had been a “difficult time for everyone in the family,” and that the couple was also sorting out the terms of their divorce.
Lynda Adams, Wally’s rumoured new girlfriend, is a volunteer at Townsville’s Sands Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Newborn Death Support Group.
She had five miscarriages before giving birth to a 15-year-old daughter via IVF.
Lynda and her land developer husband Mark Adams recently divorced.
The shocking news came just weeks after the NRL Immortal opened up about his struggle with depression, which nearly led to his suicide.
When his then-wife Jacqui was out in 2007, Wally said he was considering killing himself in his home in Brisbane. Since 1980, he was subjected to brain surgery in 2007 to control frequent seizures.
According to the Courier Mail, he wrote in his newly published autobiography My Life, I had suicidal thoughts (after brain surgery) and found myself weeping uncontrollably for no purpose.
I required to be accompanied at all times.
Wally contemplated diving into the canal behind his house another time as he walked by the pontoon.
Fortunately, his attention soon returned to his wife and three children, and the terrifying moment passed.
Wally made his debut with Valley as a teenager in 1978, soon establishing himself as one of Queensland Rugby League’s best players before defecting to Wynnum Manly in 1984.
He was the team’s pin-up boy when the Brisbane Broncos were invited to compete in the Australian Rugby League (ARL) competition in 1988.
A few years later, he ended his club career with the Gold Coast Seagulls.
Wally made a good transition into the media as a commentator with Channel Nine after retiring in 1992. In 1999, he was given the title of Immortal.