“They’ve always had this real chemistry and obviously have stayed close because of Trixie – but sparks have been flying in recent months again and they’re giving their relationship another go.”
Fifi and Grant split in 2012 after a brief romance when she was five months pregnant with Trixie.
Despite widespread speculation, they didn’t publicly confirm Grant was Trixie’s dad until she was 3 years old. But while the couple remained close after their break-up and the former Ironman regularly visited his daughter in Melbourne, a reboot of their romance has been off the cards until now.
“Fifi has always wanted Grant in her life and now that he’s become receptive to a proper relationship, things are moving very quickly. ‘They’re talking about Grant moving to Melbourne or spending a lot more time there – they’re determined to make it work again.”
Adding to their family is central to the couple’s plans. “They’ve even been talking about having another baby,” says the source. “Fifi has made no secret of the joy that being a mum has brought to her life and Trixie would love a little brother or sister.”
Six-month-old grandson Flynn is apparently responsible for giving Grant back the baby bug. The 55-year-old has three children from his marriage to Lisa Curry: Flynn’s mum, Morgan, Jaimi, who’s a nanny, and Australian Ninja Warrior contestant Jett. Fifi has good relationships with all of Grant’s children; they follow each other on Instagram and she has even been spotted out and about with Trixie and Jaimi.
Lisa and Grant still get on well, despite their 2009 split, even posing together while cradling Flynn in July and captioning it, “Grannie and Pa... loving our time with our grandson”.
In fact, it was Lisa marrying entertainer Mark Tabone in May that prompted Grant to reconsider his relationship with 41-year-old Fifi.
“Grant’s also mellowed out a lot recently. He absolutely loves being a grandfather and can’t get enough of Flynn. And seeing Lisa remarry in May and be so happy, it’s made him realise that maybe it’s time for his fairytale ending with Fifi as well.”
After suffering a difficult pregnancy and having extreme morning sickness, Fifi frequently talks about how much she enjoys motherhood. Her social media feed is filled with photographs of, and loving captions about, Trixie, who she calls her “funny valentine”.
“She makes me a better person – the greatest joy I’ll ever know in life is being Trixie’s mum,” Fifi said in 2016. However, until now she’s always denied wanting a second child, insisting “I am very happy with my life”.
But now her relationship with Grant is back on, Fifi could be adding to her already fairytale life.
“That they can be a real family together, and even have a new baby in the mix – it’s an exciting time for all of them.”
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