EXCLUSIVE: Footy star Jarryd Hayne marries the mother of his child Amellia Bonnici in a secret ceremony just a month after proposing – with the location even kept from guests until the last minute
- Jarryd Hayne, 32, has married fiancee Amellia Bonnici, 29, in a secret ceremony
- Couple tied the knot on NSW Central Coast just a month after their engagement
- Hayne and Bonnici got together in 2016 and welcomed a daughter, Bri, that year
- She has stood by him during tumultuous few years, including his 2020 rape trial
- Hayne began his NRL career at Parramatta, went to the NFL and returned to NRL
Rugby league star Jarryd Hayne has married his long-term partner Amellia Bonnici in a secret ceremony, just a month after announcing their engagement.
Hayne, 32, and Bonnici, 29, the mother of his daughter Beliviah Ivy, 4, tied the knot at Pullman Magenta Shores resort, on theCentral Coast, on Tuesday.
In the scorching heat onthe couple’s service was intimate and low key, with a group of roughly 50 family and friends, including fellow stars, attending.
Hayne wore a cream suit, open white shirt and sunglasses, smiling as he stood under a floral archway waiting for his bride.
Bonnici looked elegant in a white dress and with her hair pulled back to show off her pearl earrings.
The deeply religious Hayne – who is a former Hillsong regular – chose not to have the ceremony in a church, with the couple instead saying their vows beneath a white floral archway.
Those in attendance sat on rows of white wooden chairs spread throughout a grass area in between the resort’s villas.
While the ceremony was shielded from public view, there was no relief from the sun, with temperatures soaring into the mid-30s by mid-afternoon.
Hayne’s mother Jodie, his father Manoa Thompson – a former NRL star with South Sydney- and his half-sister Evie Thompson also attended.
Also among the crowd was Hayne’s former Parramatta teammate Tim Mannah.
It is understood only a select number of guests were told about the location prior to the Australia Day wedding.
The remainder of those invited were told to meet at a certain location, where a bus collected and took them to the Pullman resort.
The couple’s decision to tie the knot comes after a relationship full of up and downs.
Hayne and Bonnici only announced their engagement on Australia Day, sharing this photo on Instagram
Hayne and Bonnici met on Instagram in early 2016 and just a few weeks later she was pregnant.
The footy star had just returned from a highly publicised stint with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL signed a $1million-a-year deal with the Gold Coast Titans in the NRL.
But while Hayne lived it up in the sunshine, Bonnici stayed at home with her family to look after the couple’s daughter.
Hayne was released by the Gold Coast in late-2017 and returned to Parramatta.
In December that year he was accused of sexual assault in the United States, claims he vehemently denied.
Hayne eventually reached a settlement of under $100,000 with his accuser in 2019.
Bonnici and Hayne met on Instagram and just a few months later welcomed a daughter, Bri
Bonnici has stood by Hayne over a tumultuous few years, including throughout a NSW District Court trial for sexual assault last year (Pictured are the pair walking into Newcastle Court)
While Bonnici stood by him the controversies continued to come, and on Grand Final Day in 2018 he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman at her Newcastle home.
He faced a NSW District Court trial in 2020 during which Bonnici stuck by his side on the way into court each day.
The jury were unable to reach after a two-week trial and were discharged.
He remains on strict bail conditions, including being unable to visit Newcastle.
Hayne and Bonnici will not have much time for a honeymoon, with a retrial to be held in 2021 and his next court date – a readiness hearing – listed for this coming Friday.
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