Rugby league icon Wally Lewis was reportedly embroiled in a long-running affair that led to the 61-year-old’s most recent marriage to former wife Jacqui

Lewis announced the end of the couple’s 36-year marriage in a statement Channel 9 released on his behalf earlier this week

“It was a difficult time for everyone in the family and they are still working on the details of the breakup”

However, a scandalous report released by the Courier Mail has shed light on a multi-year affair with Lewis, which continued even when confronted by his now ex-partner

The report claims the couple’s three children, Lincoln, Mitch, and Jaime-Lee, are angry with their father for refusing to speak to him

The major League and Channel 9 newscaster told Courier Mail it was “a private and sensitive matter”

“I have tried to say that our families, like us public figures, ask that our privacy be respected during this sad time,” he told the newspaper via text message

“We can’t control gossip, but we know the real facts and a lot of it is just not true

While Lewis referred to “another relationship” in Channel 9’s well-worded statement, his romance with volunteer and writer Lynda Adams is said to have lasted some time before Lewis split up with Jackie

“This is a deeply personal matter that we do not wish to discuss publicly, but I would like to acknowledge the pain and excitement my family has been through since Jacqui and I split up last year,” said Lewis,

“I will confirm that I am in a different relationship now and just ask the media to respect our privacy”

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