Stacey Louise can pinpoint the exact moment her relationship with Sarge broke down.
‘At the two-year point the cracks really started to show,’ Stacey reveals exclusively to New Idea.
‘At first, we were in the honeymoon period – I’d found this man who shares all these dreams with me, but we were so busy doing everything else that we stopped putting in to our own relationship.’
But behind the cracks in their relationship lies a bigger issue haunting Sarge from his army days, which he has kept hidden from his girlfriend.
‘Sarge does have a lot of issues he is dealing with from the army – post-traumatic stress disorder [is one of them]. He’s never spoken to me about it, so it’s not something [I’m meant to] know,’ Stacey reveals.
In fact, Stacey Louise is only aware of his disorder because she stumbled across some papers in their house detailing his diagnosis.
‘I’ve seen paperwork lying around where it says he’s been diagnosed with PTSD, but he’s never spoken to me about it to this day,’ Stacey explains. ‘I haven’t heard what the tragic events are [that led to this]... I don’t know if I want to know.
‘I’m here to support him, but you can only keep things from each other for so long.’
Seven Year Switch airs Monday, 9pm, Channel Seven.
For the full story, see this Week’s New Idea – Out now.
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