Karl Stefanovic hits back at ex over family rift claims

Alicia Vrajlal
Entertainment Editor

Karl Stefanovic’s family has issued a statement after the Today host’s ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn claimed she and their children are “dead to his family and almost anyone from our old life” and have “been discarded and disposed of”. 

“We are disappointed Cass would claim such inflammatory suggestions that we have alienated Karl’s children from our family. Nothing could be further from the truth,” a spokesperson for the Stefanovic family told TheFIX.

Karl Stefanovic’s family has issued a statement after the Today host’s ex Cassandra Thorburn spoke yesterday. Source: Getty

“Karl regularly co parents his children and has his loving family around them. We refuse to keep a running dialogue of the children,” the statement continued, adding there were custody and financial matters before the Family Court and that the Today host had been abiding by those. 

“Family is often compromised when parents go through a painful divorce and we do our best to continue our love and support for the children.”

It’s been two years since her split from Karl after 21 years of marriage, and on Wednesday Cassandra opened up about the impact the breakup has had on her and the three children she shares with her ex, Jackson, 18, Ava, 12, and River, 10.

Cassandra Thorburn and Karl split in 2016 after 21 years of marriage. Source: Getty
Karl with sister-in-law Sylvia Jeffreys and his brother Peter Stefanovic. Source: Instagram/sylviajeffreys

“Last year, I declared that Karl really was dead to me, a man I no longer know, but the children still have their father,” she told The Australian Women’s Weekly.

“The flip-side of that is I feel like we’re dead to his family and almost anyone from our old life.

“There has been practically no contact. I feel like we’ve been discarded and disposed of, replaced by a whole new line-up of starters.”

Last year Cassandra spoke about her struggles adjusting to life without Karl, as he moved on with shoe designer Jasmine Yarbrough.

On Wednesday Cassandra Thorburn spoke out two years after her split from Karl. Source: Getty

“I was completely gazumped when I realised Karl had gone,” she told Woman’s Day in October.

“I questioned and doubted myself about everything.”

“The children still have a father but I don’t have a husband,” she also told the publication. “He really is dead to me and no, we won’t ever be friends again.”

Karl, 44, left Cassandra in October of last year and months later, started a relationship with shoe designer, Jasmine Yarbrough.

Karl is now with shoe designer Jasmine Yarbrough. Source: Getty

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