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NRL star Bryce Cartwright SPLITS from anti-vaxxer wife – months after losing his $450,000 contract

NRL star Bryce Cartwright has split from his anti-vaxxer wife Shanelle just months after walking away from a $450,000-a-season contract on the Gold Coast.

Cartwright, 25, relocated to New South Wales last September with his now ex-wife and their two children, Koa and Naia, citing personal reasons.

He has since signed a minimum wage one-year deal with the Parramatta Eels for the 2021 NRL campaign.

Concerns for Cartwright’s mental state increased after he revealed last year he and Shanelle were sent a number of threats on social media due to their controversial stance on vaccinations.

Some of the threats involved harming the couple’s young children.

Bryce Cartwright (pictured right) with Shanelle Cartwright have gone their separate ways

Bryce Cartwright (pictured right) with Shanelle Cartwright have gone their separate ways

Bryce Cartwright (pictured right) with Shanelle Cartwright have gone their separate ways

The couple (pictured above) have two children together - Koa and Naia

The couple (pictured above) have two children together - Koa and Naia

The couple (pictured above) have two children together – Koa and Naia

The couple spent Christmas apart, with their split confirmed by Cartwright's manager Allan Gainey

The couple spent Christmas apart, with their split confirmed by Cartwright's manager Allan Gainey

The couple spent Christmas apart, with their split confirmed by Cartwright’s manager Allan Gainey

‘At some point it does take a toll,’ Cartwright said at the time. ‘I speak to a counsellor every now and then just to clear my mind.’ 

Cartwright’s agent Allan Gainey, of Pinnacle Sports Management, said the split was a ‘personal matter’. 

‘Look, the kid is in a good spot at the moment and I want to keep him in that spot,’ he said, according to news.com.au.

‘He doesn’t need any publicity surrounding his personal life.’ 

The couple spent Christmas Day apart, with Chanelle posting a photo with her kids in front of a Christmas tree, while Mr Cartwright also posted a solo shot with his two children.

Cartwright, a standout Penrith junior before making his first grade debut in 2014, attracted unwanted headlines last May when he was granted permission to play despite refusing a mandatory influenza vaccination.

It was part of the NRL’s return-to-play regulations at the height of the Covid pandemic.

The Titans, his club side, submitted an application for a medical exemption which was granted by Queensland’s chief medical officer Jeannette Young.

Cartwright and his wife sparked then controversy last year when they publicly declared they would not vaccinate their young children.

Shanelle Cartwright also infuriated many following a number of bizarre social media posts, including one of Holocaust victim Anne Frank.

The post had the accompanying caption: ‘The people who hid Anne Frank were breaking the law, the people who killed her were following it’. 

The couple (pictured above) relocated to Sydney last year in September citing 'personal reasons'

The couple (pictured above) relocated to Sydney last year in September citing 'personal reasons'

The couple (pictured above) relocated to Sydney last year in September citing ‘personal reasons’

Shanelle (pictured) and Bryce Cartwright were very outspoken about their thoughts on vaccinations

Shanelle (pictured) and Bryce Cartwright were very outspoken about their thoughts on vaccinations

Shanelle (pictured) and Bryce Cartwright were very outspoken about their thoughts on vaccinations

The couple (pictured above) with their son Koa, who they refused to vaccinate

The couple (pictured above) with their son Koa, who they refused to vaccinate

The couple (pictured above) with their son Koa, who they refused to vaccinate

Cartwright (pictured above) walked away from a big contract with the Gold Coast before recently signing a minimum wage deal with Parramatta

Cartwright (pictured above) walked away from a big contract with the Gold Coast before recently signing a minimum wage deal with Parramatta

Cartwright (pictured above) walked away from a big contract with the Gold Coast before recently signing a minimum wage deal with Parramatta

The pair were also often keen to point out they were not ‘anti-vax’ as they were often labelled. Instead they insisted they were ‘pro-choice.’ 

Once touted as a future NSW State of Origin prospect following a strong start to his career with the Panthers, Cartwright made the move to the Titans to work under ex-coach Garth Brennan in 2018. 

His time on the Glitter Strip was underwhelming, with Cartwright labelled ‘atrocious’ by ex-player turned Fox Sports commentator Michael Ennis after two poor games against Canberra and Melbourne a few seasons ago. 

Source: Daily Mail Australia | World News

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