Kristin Scott has appeared ring-free in an Instagram story, prompting rumours her engagement to embattled NRL star Mitchell Pearce is now on the rocks.
The glamour couple were scheduled to tie the knot at a lavish ceremony in front of 150 guests on December 29 last year, but the wedding was called off at the last minute after the 31-year-old halfback was caught up in a sexting scandal.
Pearce sent ‘flirty’ text messages to a young female staffer at the Newcastle Knights in an off season controversy that cost him his captaincy and sparked a rift within the club.
Kristin Scott (pictured) has appeared ring-free in an Instagram story, prompting rumours her engagement to embattled NRL star Mitchell Pearce is now on the rocks
The glamour couple were scheduled to tie the knot at a lavish ceremony in front of 150 guests on December 29 last year, but the wedding was called off at the last minute after the 31-year-old halfback was caught up in a sexting scandal. Pictured: Mitchell Pearce and Kristin Scott
Pearce initially claimed the nuptials were postponed due to coronavirus but reports emerged the inappropriate messages to the young woman caused the couple to pull the pin.
Ms Scott had flaunted her sparkling bling prior to the scandal, but on Monday she posted an image without the engagement ring – estimated to be worth about $40,000.
The dance instructor snapped an activewear selfie at her Barre/Effect studio in Newcastle while clutching a coffee and carry bag.
The caption of the story read: ‘My happy place’.
The stylish brunette, originally from Wollongong on the NSW South Coast, started dancing at the age of 10 and later studied ballet full-time.
She has performed professionally on board international cruise ships and also danced on a number of TV shows including Dance Academy and Puberty Blues.
She now runs her Newcastle studio where she teaches classes and sets up all the programming.
Ms Scott (pictured left) posted a photo with her friends to Instagram on January 15
The stylist brunette (pictured left) uploaded another photo on January 24 where she is not wearing her engagement ring
The fallout from the sexting scandal threatened to derail the Knights’ preparation for the upcoming season after it was revealed some senior players were furious at Pearce.
Hard-running second rower Lachlan Fitzgibbon admitted he was ‘angry’ at the time as he’s a close friend of the club staffer’s long-term boyfriend.
But the 26-year-old said the two have ‘buried the hatched’ and the Knights’ playmaker has now been forgiven.
‘You can be angry at them for a period of time and that was certainly the case but you get over it and get on with it and that’s what we’ve done,’ Fitzgibbon told the Newcastle Herald.
A teary-eyed Pearce later fronted the group to say sorry.
He then relinquished his captaincy to spend more time mending his relationship with his fiancee.
Pearce initially claimed the nuptials were postponed due to coronavirus but it has now been confirmed, the alleged inappropriate messages to the young woman caused the couple to pull the pin
The ceremony was meant to be held in Byron Bay before 150 guests but it was called off at the last minute, with some guests getting less than a week’s notice of the changed plans
‘For me it’s been a traumatic few weeks for my personal life and those I love,’ Pearce said at a media conference in January.
‘Unfortunately my actions have impacted the team and more importantly the people I have closest to me, Kristin and my family.
‘I’m taking steps now to address these issues and I feel it would be in the best interests of the club for me to step down as captain this season.’
He fought back tears as he voiced his love for the Newcastle team and vowed to overcome the embarrassing public incident, which disrupted the club’s preseason campaign.
‘I love this club and I love my family and I’m committed to working as hard as I can to be the best man I can be both on and off the field,’ he said.
The couple have not been pictured together on the barre instructor’s Instagram for more than two months, with Pearce recently deleting his own page.
Ms Scott shared a picture of herself with Pearce after a State of Origin series win in 2019
Pearce (pictured above) won a premiership with the Roosters in 2013 and is a leading halfback in the NRL, a veteran of 297 NRL games, and a much-valued talent at the Knights
When Ms Scott celebrated her 29th birthday this month, she uploaded a series of photos to her Instagram, none of which included Pearce.
Pearce was also absent from photos on New Year’s Eve and Christmas.
The last time the couple were seen together in a photo on her Instagram was on November 6 at the opening of their Barre Effect studio in Newcastle.
Coach Adam O’Brien has since named a five-man leadership group in the wake of Pearce’s departure as captain.
Mitch Barnett, Kalyn Ponga, Daniel Saifiti, Blake Green and Jayden Brailey are now tasked with providing guidance for the rest of the playing group but it’s still not clear who the captain will be when the Knights take on the Bulldogs on March 12 for Round 1 of the upcoming competition.
Pearce joined the Knights in 2018 after starting his NRL career with the Sydney Roosters in 2007.
He won a premiership with the Tricolours in 2013 and has made 19 appearances for NSW in State of Origin, finally winning a series in 2019.
The couple have not been pictured together on the barre instructor’s Instagram for more than two months, with Pearce recently deleting his own page
Pearce’s show-stopping dramas away from the footy field
2014 – Kings Cross, Sydney – Then with the Sydney Roosters, the halfback was arrested and issued with an infringement notice for failing to leave a licensed premises. Later revealed he made advances to a woman in a ‘yellow dress’ who declined to take the matter further. Fined $20,000 by his club, banned for one match
2016 – Australia Day – Filmed simulating a sex act with a dog in another person’s apartment before declaring he ‘didn’t have’ a sexuality. Fined a whopping $125,000 by the NRL and suspended for eight games
2020 – December – Pearce’s wedding to fiancee Kristin Scott is called off after the footy star is caught sending racy messages to a female staff member at the Newcastle Knights
2021 – January: The halfback stands down as club captain
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