In the caption Darren added further context to the complicated relationship with his ex partner, saying:
“Since I left my marriage in August 2019 the memory of me in my girl’s minds is being erased. My girls are fearful of feeling any love they once had for me. They’ve been forced to feel only hate. I’ve been sent hate texts, hate letters, been told ‘thank god you’re not part of these girl’s lives anymore’, been blocked on their phones, I’ve left countless text messages and voicemails and receive nothing back.
“I have so many examples of this happening. What I discovered tonight floored me. I discovered that I have been deleted as an emergency contact from my daughter’s school and been replaced by my ex’s mother??? If anything serious happened to my daughter at school I would not know. Her own father would not be notified. If you wanted a perfect example of parental alienation…… there it is.”
While Darren’s ex-partner, Deanne Jolly, is yet to share anything herself on social media, she did speak to newspapers at the time of their split.
“This is a very difficult time for me and my girls,” Dea said in a statement to the Herald Sun.
“We have been blindsided and left devastated by Darren’s action. But I’m focusing on my two daughters who are my number one priority. Please respect our privacy while we move on.”
The ‘action’ that Dea is referring too has been linked to Darren’s alleged mental breakdown.
In February, Darren himself spoke candidly about his business troubles and the breakdown of his marriage at AFL club Collingwood’s annual general meeting.
“Spending three weeks in a mental facility to deal with depression. Leaving my 15-year marriage because I fell out of love and wanted a happier life,” he said at the time.