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Lara and Michael: The nude photo, the footballer ex and the public meltdown

Monday, March 1, 2010
Lara Bingle and Michael Clarke

The Aussie cricket star is left red-faced after nude photos of his fiancée surface, just days after an embarrassing public spat at the SCG.

As the partner of Australian cricket team captain-in-waiting Michael Clarke, Lara Bingle worked hard to shed the title of home-wrecker she earned after a sordid affair with rogue AFL star Brendan Fevola.

But that scandalous past continues to haunt the model and is again threatening to bring down her high-profile engagement to the cricket superstar.

Woman’s Day can reveal exclusively how an explosive nude photo scandal is engulfing the often volatile union between Lara and Michael – just days after her public meltdown at the Twenty20 match against the West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground on February 23.

As Lara lost her cool with Michael in front of hundreds of SCG members, the Speedo model was also dealing with the embarrassing reality that a raunchy naked photo of her was being distributed to our elite sportsmen.

The revealing image, taken on a phone camera, was allegedly snapped by Brendan during their affair more than three years ago, according to one AFL player who spoke to us on the condition of anonymity.

It has been confirmed to Woman’s Day that the steamy image of Lara in the shower has become the electronic equivalent of a chain letter, being willingly sent via text message to and from AFL players, across multiple clubs.

“The image is on a lot of people’s phones,” confirms the footballer, who admits he received it from a third party.

The latest controversy engulfing Lara, 22, puts more pressure on her relationship with Michael. The couple have already delayed wedding plans as they spend less time with each other because of their respective careers.

Michael, 28, is understood to have stayed at Quay West apartments in Circular Quay with his team-mates last week, instead of travelling the 10 kilometres home to Bondi Beach, and Lara.

Certainly tempers were fraying at the SCG when a clearly distressed Lara lashed out at Michael in the Members Stand, while dozens of cricket fans watched and took photos of the couple on their mobile phones. Photographs showing the couple fighting were published in News Limited papers last week. “Michael was clearly embarrassed and tried to shield Lara from everyone who was craning their necks to see what they were fighting about,” confirms one onlooker.

“They went at it for about 10 minutes and Michael kept turning around to see who was watching. I felt really sorry for him.”

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