Colourful ex-AFL player agent Ricky Nixon once described Josh Reynolds’s former lover – at the centre of bombshell ‘fake baby’ claims – as his ‘bestie’.
Nixon, an ex-St Kilda player famous for a series of scandals and being Ben Cousins’ one time agent, regularly featured Arabella Del Busso on his social media account over several years until recently.
The AFL identity shared video of her in lacy underwear, promoted a Santa-themed calendar of hers’ and made suggestive comments including about seeing her in her ‘birthday suit’.
‘Little Bellsy is so sweet, she bought me a birthday present,’ he posted on April 5, 2016.
‘Bellsy’ with a birthday present for Ricky Nixon – from a Facebook post where he made a suggestive comment about her being in her ‘birthday suit … 5 mins later’
‘Must admit it was the birthday suit she was in 5 mins after the pic that made it a birthday to remember’.
Nixon uploaded a separate video on February 9, 2017 with the caption: ‘Besties birthday hey little Bellsy Xxx’.
‘I want to talk about someone absolutely stunning on a very, very, very special day today. That’s right – myself,’ he joked.
‘Oh, no, that’s right, I’ve got to talk about Bella – it’s her birthday. I love this girl.
‘I know what you’re thinking. How do I know her?
‘Well, for the obvious reasons – she’s a beautiful girl, I love her to death, toot toot.’
Nixon has also posted photos of them out to lunch together – his hands draped over her waist – and of Del Busso holding a box of birthday cupcakes he bought her.
One source told Daily Mail Australia he had believed Nixon and Del Busso were once in a relationship.
Nixon, his current girlfriend Melissa Hunyh and Del Busso were once inseparable, the source said.
Nixon captioned this image with ‘Bellsy’: ‘When lunch gets a whole lot better’
Nixon promotes a Santa-themed photoshoot involving ‘Arabella Del Busso’
An investigation by Nine News last night revealed Del Busso has used as many as nine different aliases, including Arabella Del Busso and Bella Donna Di Donato.
Nixon once shared an email address for Del Busso where her name appeared to be ‘Bella Donna Amblea’.
When she was wrongly embroiled in an AFL football scandal over a nude picture in 2017, she told Daily Mail Australia her name was just ‘Bella’.
Her mother told Nine News in an on camera interview last night that her daughter’s real name is Donna Preuster.
Nixon refused to comment when Daily Mail Australia asked if he could explain their relationship on Friday.
‘No comment whatsoever, I’m more interested in raising money to support kids with cancer,’ he said.
It’s not clear whether their relationship has fizzled. Nixon declined to comment on whether they were still friends.
Del Busso was approached for comment.
BOMBSHELL ‘BABY’ CLAIMS IN JOSH REYNOLDS’ ‘ASSAULT’ CASE
Josh Reynolds and lawyer Dan McGirr at Sutherland Local Court on Friday… as he got the go ahead to keep playing
By Karen Ruiz and Daniel Piotrowski
NRL star Josh Reynolds will allege his ex-girlfriend Arabella Del Busso feigned three pregnancies and doctored photos of herself to make him believe she was expecting.
The Wests Tigers playmaker, who appeared in the Sutherland Local Court on Friday for a domestic assault charge, claims the model conned him out of thousands of dollars and tricked him into thinking she miscarried their unborn twins.
Del Busso has accused Reynolds of assaulting her, allegedly leaving her with bruised arms and legs during an incident in September.
Leaked footage went viral last month showing the shirtless Wests Tigers playmaker, 30, verbally abusing Del Busso as she sat on his bed. It did not show any assault by Reynolds towards her.
Reynolds pleaded not guilty to the assault charge. Despite the court proceedings, the NRL has decided Reynolds won’t be stood down under its no-fault stand down policy.
Daily Mail Australia understands Reynolds’ lawyers will allege in court Del Busso faked pregnancies, lied about her mother’s death and claimed she had cancer to dupe him and other former boyfriends into giving her money.
Reynolds’s legal team will allege the 29-year-old digitally altered photos of herself to appear pregnant. Pictured: Del Busso during her supposed pregnancy
NRL star Josh Reynolds will appear in court on Friday where he will claim ex-girlfriend Arabella Del Busso conned him out of thousands of dollars and tricked him into thinking she miscarried their unborn twins
Reynolds’ lawyers will reportedly claim that she only filed her domestic violence complaint after she learned of his decision to tell police about her alleged deceit.
Sutherland Local Court heard on Friday that 10 witnesses will be called to give evidence at the trial in April, including Ms Del Busso.
Daily Mail Australia understood the defence plans to call former boyfriends as witnesses.
Outside court, Reynolds simply said: ‘I’m happy the matter’s been brought forward to prove my innocence’.
The case will come in front of a magistrate for hearing on April 29 and 30.
A woman identifying herself as Ms Del Busso’s sister, Georgia Barone, denied the allegations aired last night and has insisted the pregnancies were real.
‘I’ll have to talk to Bella about this,’ she told The Daily Telegraph. ‘However I can say that there is medical proof that these pregnancies weren’t fake.’
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