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Candice Warner's 'secret' romance with Tammy Hembrow's fiancé Matt Poole 


Newly retired Ironman Matt Poole’s romance with superstar influencer Tammy Hembrow has been making headlines in recent years.

But Tammy’s fans may be surprised to learn the 33-year-old athlete was once romantically entwined with another famous blonde, Candice Warner (née Falzon).

The pair rose to prominence together competing in the Ironman & Ironwoman Series and often crossed paths in the celebrity sporting scene prior to dating.

The romance Australia forgot: Inside Candice Warner's (left 'secret' relationship with Tammy Hembrow's Ironman fiancé Matt Poole

The romance Australia forgot: Inside Candice Warner’s (left) ‘secret’ relationship with Tammy Hembrow’s Ironman fiancé Matt Poole (right)

Queenslander Matt and Sydney girl Candice shared a secret long-distance relationship before finally going public in April 2011 at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.

At the time, Candice had a reputation for being a party girl – largely thanks to her now-infamous 2007 ‘toilet tryst’ with footy star Sonny Bill Williams.

Tabloids quickly dubbed the pair Australia hottest sporting couple.

Lovers: Queenslander Matt and Sydney girl Candice (pictured in 2007) shared a secret long-distance relationship before going public in April 2011 at the Surf Life Saving Championships

Lovers: Queenslander Matt and Sydney girl Candice (pictured in 2007) shared a secret long-distance relationship before going public in April 2011 at the Surf Life Saving Championships

Same background: The pair rose to prominence together competing in the Ironman & Ironwoman Series and often crossed paths in the celebrity sporting scene prior to dating. Pictured: Candice and athlete Tatum Lawler posing at the 2008 NSW Surf Life Saving championships

Same background: The pair rose to prominence together competing in the Ironman & Ironwoman Series and often crossed paths in the celebrity sporting scene prior to dating. Pictured: Candice and athlete Tatum Lawler posing at the 2008 NSW Surf Life Saving championships 

Best to forget: At the time, Candice (pictured in 2006) had a reputation for being a party girl - largely thanks to her now-infamous 2007 'toilet tryst' with footy star Sonny Bill Williams

Best to forget: At the time, Candice (pictured in 2006) had a reputation for being a party girl – largely thanks to her now-infamous 2007 ‘toilet tryst’ with footy star Sonny Bill Williams

Speaking to The Courier Mail at the time, Matt said of their relationship: ‘We’ve always had mutual friends and we started talking more and more.

‘We have a lot in common.’

‘She came up to train with Mooloolaba [on the Sunshine Coast] and we really hit it off and it developed from there,’ he added, confirming the pair would continue dating long-distance for the foreseeable future.

‘For the time being it’s working out pretty well. I’m pretty settled on the Coast, and she’s very happy where she is. We’re very happy and we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it,’ he said.

Birds of a feather: Speaking to The Courier Mail in 2011, Matt said of their relationship: 'We've always had mutual friends and we started talking more and more. We have a lot in common'

Birds of a feather: Speaking to The Courier Mail in 2011, Matt said of their relationship: ‘We’ve always had mutual friends and we started talking more and more. We have a lot in common’

It's over: The distance unfortunately proved too much for the couple to handle, and they confirmed their split in March 2013. (Candice is pictured here in January 2014)

It’s over: The distance unfortunately proved too much for the couple to handle, and they confirmed their split in March 2013. (Candice is pictured here in January 2014) 

Current partner: Newly retired Ironman Matt's (left) romance with superstar influencer Tammy Hembrow (right) has been making headlines in recent years

Current partner: Newly retired Ironman Matt’s (left) romance with superstar influencer Tammy Hembrow (right) has been making headlines in recent years

In September 2011, the PDA-loving couple shut down engagement rumours following speculation Matt had popped the question. 

‘What?! No, that’s news to me,’ he told a newspaper at the time. 

‘Things are definitely going very well between the two of us, but we are taking things slowly. There are no rings getting pulled out, sorry to disappoint you there.’

Three months later, Candice admitted she was seeing cracks in the relationship after struggling to make their long-distance arrangement work.

Moving on: Just months after splitting from Matt, Candice found love with Australian cricketer David Warner (right)

Moving on: Just months after splitting from Matt, Candice found love with Australian cricketer David Warner (right) 

‘I won’t lie, it is difficult to be apart like we are,’ she told Sydney Morning Herald.

‘What makes it easier is that we are both doing the same sport and we get to see each other at events,’ she added.

The distance unfortunately proved too much for the couple to handle, and they confirmed their split in March 2013. 

‘We’ve gone our separate ways,’ Matt said at the time. 

‘It was amicable. We were close for a long time. We had a lot of great times. I helped her and she helped me. The biggest factor was the distance.’

Family: The Warners married in 2015 and share three daughters, Ivy, six, Indi, five, and Isla, one (all pictured)

Family: The Warners married in 2015 and share three daughters, Ivy, six, Indi, five, and Isla, one (all pictured) 

Just months after splitting from Matt, Candice began dating Australian cricketer David Warner, who later became her husband.

The pair, who actually grew up in the same area, debuted their relationship in 2013 after connecting on Twitter.     

In April 2015, the lovebirds married during a star-studded ceremony at the picturesque Terrara House Estate winery on the NSW South Coast. 

Fancy that! Speaking to the Kinda Sorta Dating podcast last year, Candice said she'd actually met David 'a few years prior' to the couple getting together, and initially thought he was 'rude'

Fancy that! Speaking to the Kinda Sorta Dating podcast last year, Candice said she’d actually met David ‘a few years prior’ to the couple getting together, and initially thought he was ‘rude’

They are now parents to three daughters, Ivy, six, Indi, five, and Isla, one.  

Speaking to the  Kinda Sorta Dating podcast last year, Candice admitted she’d actually met David ‘a few years prior’ to the couple getting together, and initially thought he was ‘rude’. 

‘He had a girlfriend and I had just finished the City2Surf… I said to our mutual friend, “God, he’s not very friendly!”‘

Modern love story: Years after their inauspicious first meeting, Candice saw David on TV and decided to message him on Twitter. Their online friendship turned to flirtation, and Candice soon travelled to England to meet David and they began a real-life romance

Modern love story: Years after their inauspicious first meeting, Candice saw David on TV and decided to message him on Twitter. Their online friendship turned to flirtation, and Candice soon travelled to England to meet David and they began a real-life romance 

Years after their inauspicious first meeting, Candice saw David on TV and decided to message him on Twitter. 

David, who was away in England playing in the Ashes at the time, told New Idea magazine: ‘We just started texting and Skyping. It was bizarre.’ 

The online friendship turned to flirtation, and Candice soon travelled to England to meet David and they began a real-life romance.   

Love story: Matt is now in a relationship with Gold Coast influencer Tammy, 27, (right) who is pregnant with his first child

Love story: Matt is now in a relationship with Gold Coast influencer Tammy, 27, (right) who is pregnant with his first child 

Following his relationship with Candice, Matt went on to date model Maddy King, but that relationship didn’t last either.

He is now in a relationship with Gold Coast influencer Tammy, 27, who is pregnant with his first child.

Just as Candice dealt with her ‘toilet tryst’ incident, Tammy has also experienced her fair share of scandal over the years.  

Wedding bells! In November 2021, the pair announced they were engaged, with Matt presenting Tammy with diamond ring worth $30,000

Serious bling: Posting to Instagram, the fitness mogul proudly showed off her stunning diamond oval-cut engagement ring

Wedding bells! In November 2021, the pair announced they were engaged, with Matt presenting Tammy with diamond ring worth $30,000

In 2018, Tammy was invited to Kylie’s 21st birthday party in Los Angeles, but made headlines for all the wrong reasons after she collapsed on the dancefloor and had to be wheeled out face-down on a gurney.

She later claimed she was suffering from exhaustion.

Tammy and Matt went public with their relationship in September 2020, not long after they were spotted packing on the PDA at Brisbane Airport.

Baby joy! Just weeks later, the pair revealed they were expecting their first child together

Baby joy! Just weeks later, the pair revealed they were expecting their first child together

In November 2021, the pair announced they were engaged, with Matt presenting Tammy with diamond ring worth $30,000.  

He went above and beyond for the proposal, decorating a private yacht with bouquets of red roses and scattering rose petals across the deck.

Just weeks later, the pair revealed they were expecting their first child together. 

Tammy also shares two older children, son Wolf and daughter Saskia, with her former partner Reece Hawkins.

Final piece of the puzzle: Matt is a stepfather to Tammy's two children from a previous relationship, son Wolf and daughter Saskia (both pictured)

Final piece of the puzzle: Matt is a stepfather to Tammy’s two children from a previous relationship, son Wolf and daughter Saskia (both pictured)

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