They’re the photos that will shock Australia – and break the heart of Karl Stefanovic’s estranged wife Cassandra Thorburn.
Captured on camera, new girlfriend Jasmine Yarbrough flung herself into the Today host’s arms, passionately kissing him and wrapping her legs around his waist after he asked her a very important question: ‘Will you spend the rest of your life with me?’
Stopping short of proposing until his divorce is finalised, Karl made the grand romantic gesture after flying to LA to see his much-younger new girlfriend.
‘Karl said he spent the entire 14-hour flight from Sydney to LA thinking of Jasmine and how he couldn’t wait to one day make her his wife,’ an insider reveals.
‘And as soon as he saw her at the airport, he couldn’t wait to tell her just that.
‘Telling her that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her was the first thing that came out of his mouth, and she was clearly ecstatic.’
An onlooker who saw the couple’s over-the-top display of affection at LAX tells New Idea that the pair couldn’t keep their hands off each other – despite being in a very public place.
‘The moment Jasmine met Karl she threw herself on him, and stayed in his arms kissing him passionately for over a minute,’ says the witness.
‘After that they went to get into their car, but Karl wanted to kiss her some more and was touching her butt while they loaded their bags into the trunk.
‘It sounds cheesy, but they literally couldn’t keep their hands off each other – to the point where they had to stop the car and kiss when they were driving to a domestic terminal on the other side of the airport!
‘They looked so in love and couldn’t stop kissing at every opportunity.
‘Karl was staring at Jasmine the whole time she was driving, looking like the cat that got the cream. She was on top of the world as well.
‘They were acting like lovestruck teenagers, basically. But you could tell the chemistry between them is very real and they’re totally in love.’
But one person who is likely to be upset over the amorous public display of affection is Karl’s estranged wife Cass, who’s said to still be ‘very raw’ over the surprise marriage split late last year.
‘These photos will break her heart, that’s for sure,’ says a friend of the mum-of-three.
‘She’s still taking the break-up hard and the wounds are very raw for her.’
For the full story, see this week’s New Idea – Out now.
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