According to our insider, the enviable getaway was just a bandaid solution, and is where things truly began to unravel.
The final straw is thought to have been a headline-making nude Skype scandal involving Chris in May. The senior ABC TV producer unintentionally exposed himself during an online meeting with his colleagues, assuming he’d turned his camera off before disrobing.
Six months earlier a similar incident had occurred, with Chris flashing his “meat and veg” during a work video call of Carrie’s.
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“As you can imagine, Carrie was mortified,” tells the source. “You’d think Chris would have learnt to be more careful!”
Shortly after the Skype bungle, the family returned to Melbourne. Not long after that, Carrie quit The Project after 13 years.
In their split announcement, Carrie and Chris stressed that co-parenting Ollie, 15, Evie, 7 and Addie, 4, is their “sole focus.”
“Telling the kids was one of the toughest things Carrie has had to do” reveals a second insider. “Breaking up a family is never easy. But in order to be the best mum possible, Carrie had to put her own happiness first.
“At the end of the day, she and Chris just weren’t working anymore.”
why she had to ensuring her kids are happy is the mum’s most important project now.