After an ugly Facebook war and headlines proclaiming they had split, Tziporah Malkah and partner Guy Vasey have reconciled and are quietly licking their wounds, preparing to have counseling.
'Guy and I are like a pair of lovers in a Latino soap opera,' explains Tziporah, 44, a tad sheepishly, for her parents' farm in rural Yass.
'We fight hard, we love hard!'
But despite the viscious public exchange of insults, the couple insist they're back on track and are planning to have counseling to keep their relationship a more even keel.
'We've had some ugly moments and know how to push each other's buttons - but both want it to work,' Tziporah says. 'So we're planning to see a couples counselor.'
'But hey, things are not always easy - Guy and I both have mental health issues. And while generally we're there to support each other, sometimes things are difficult - just as they are with many couples. In this case, everything just blew up for us both at the same time.'
Their online row began after Guy, 46 - based in South Australia and missing Tziporah, who'd gone to visit her mother Pru Goward and ill stepfather David Barnett in Yass - had trouble locating her, so began asking around on Facebook.
'Some posts from him were pretty irritating and so I let him know this,' Tziporah admits. 'Then it all went from there!'
Soon a harsh barrage of personal insults erupted, with an infuriated Guy mocking one one of Tziporah's male friends who'd joined the online conversation. He also set a match to one of her favourite books and posted a picture of it online, further intensifying the row.
Financial setbacks, family illness and Tziporah's highly publicised court case, in which she lost her Victorian licence for 'erratic' driving, have also taken their toll on the beauty, now weighing up a permanent move to Yass to be with her family.
'Guy and I love being in Port Elliot together. I mean it's just gorgeous, living by the sea and swimming at the beach on hot summer days. But with my stepfather not well, I like spending more time with him. The long drives and separations from Guy are quite disruptive.'
Tziporah's recent social media posts, including footage of her drinking alone at Yass on New Year's Eve, sparked concern from some of her followers.
'One woman told me she thought I was 'off the planet!'' Tziporah chuckles. 'Well, I'd like to meet someone who's actually ON the planet and doesn't ever stuff up. How boring would that be!
'I don't want to go back all over all the ugly stuff that was said between us. We both regret what went on, but I'm really surprised it made so many headlines.'
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