She’s one of the biggest personalities on My Kitchen Rules, going head-to-head with many contestants during Group Two’s instant restaurants.
But in an exclusive interview with New Idea, Queensland mum Della reveals she was battling a personal crisis behind the scenes – the break-up of her marriage.
The Mackay lawyer says she separated from husband Chris shortly after her return from the MKR set, making the ‘confronting’ decision to end their marriage after months of heartache and soul-searching.
‘Over Christmas and New Year, we decided that we would separate,’ Della tells New Idea. ‘It all happened in the midst of MKR... I’ve had a lot going on!
‘I think deciding to separate is a really brave decision to make, and I’m really proud of Chris and me because I think it’s easy to stay in a marriage that isn’t right and have that security and comfort,’ she says.
Parents to daughter Harvie, three, Della admits one of the big issues she and Chris battled with in their marriage was their struggle to have a baby.
‘We struggled with infertility before having Harvie,’ she explains. ‘She ended up coming along naturally after three years of really tough going, and it was very hard on our relationship – very hard.'
For the full story, see this week’s New Idea – out now.