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Marriage split drama: Meet Jimmy Bartel’s ‘new lover’ Lauren Mand

Has the former footy star moved on with the 'British based Australian socialite'?
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A quick glimpse at Lauren Mand’s Instagram account will leave you doing a double take as her images, poses, style and the events she attends are like a carbon copy to Nadia Bartel’s.

That would be all well and good except for the fact that Lauren, who is being described as a “British based Australian socialite”, is rumoured to be currently seeing Nadia’s husband of five years, Jimmy Bartel.

WATCH: Jimmy Bartel breaks silence on split from Nadia

Some have even claimed that Lauren is an aspiring “WAG” and has been trying to get herself into social circles that would elevate her status for years. 

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Nadia and Jimmy Bartel in June (Credit: Instagram)

In the past, Lauren has also been linked to St Kilda players Jason Gram and Sam Fisher and she calls Melbourne’s best-known Lorthario, Shane Warne, a friend on Facebook.

After news broke that she may be involved in the high-profile Melbourne pair’s break-up, the blonde quickly went to work on shutting down her social media accounts and also asked friends to keep shtum.

Meanwhile, Nadia, 34, broke her silence to the Herald Sun.

The influencer, who shares sons Aston, 3, and Henley, nine months with Jimmy, said she’s having a “difficult” time coming to terms with their separation as she also grapples with claims the retired Geelong football player has since moved on with Lauren.

Lauren Mand with a friend
Lauren Mand (left) with a friend (Credit: Instagram)
Lauren Mand (far right)at last year's Melbourne Cup with friends
Lauren Mand (far right)at last year’s Melbourne Cup with friends (Credit: Instagram)

While she steered the conversation away from discussing his new relationship, a friend told the outlet that Nadia discovered Jimmy’s new romance with Lauren through text message. 

“Although I’m heartbroken, I don’t want to comment specifically on what’s been reported about Jim’s trip to the UK as I don’t think that is in anyone’s interests,” Nadia told the Herald Sun.

“My single focus now is to continue to protect, care and provide for my two beautiful boys as this is a personal matter.” 

Last week, Jimmy spoke alluded to the breakdown of their marriage on 3AW’s pre-match coverage, admitting that the situation is “not great”.  

“I am probably not going to provide any commentary on it,” the retired footy player said. “I know I am in the public eye and people are interested, but it is a private matter and I ask for a bit of respect because obviously Nadia and the boys [are] involved.”

New Idea have asked Lauren Mand for comment.

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