Phoebe Burgess becomes emotional as she discusses the struggles of being a single mother


Phoebe Burgess became visibly emotional when asked about the struggles of single motherhood on The Morning Show on Thursday.

The 31-year-old blogger, who finalised her divorce from retired NRL star Sam Burgess last month, told hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies that her life isn’t as glamorous as it may seem on Instagram.

‘There’s not makeup every day, it’s not glam being a single mum,’ said Phoebe, who shares custody of daughter Poppy, three, and son Billy, one, with her ex-husband.  

‘It’s not glam being a single mum’: Phoebe Burgess became visibly emotional when asked about the struggles of single motherhood on The Morning Show on Thursday

‘I do have help [from] their grandparents. My parents are amazing,’ she said, appearing to hold back tears. 

The influencer explained that she tries to be honest with her followers about life as a single parent, insisting: ‘I don’t like to portray a perfect scenario. It’s not perfect.’

Phoebe also said she refuses to share certain aspects of her life on social media for the sake of her children’s privacy. 

Online persona: The 31-year-old blogger, who finalised her divorce from retired NRL star Sam Burgess last month, said that her life isn't as glamorous as it may seem on Instagram

Online persona: The 31-year-old blogger, who finalised her divorce from retired NRL star Sam Burgess last month, said that her life isn’t as glamorous as it may seem on Instagram 

‘I like to keep a little bit to myself and protect the kids, in a way. I don’t want to embarrass my children, and I don’t want them to have to read things later in life that might upset them. I’d rather get there first,’ she said.

The former journalist spent COVID-19 lockdown living with her parents, Mitch and Sarah Hooke, at their country estate near Bowral, NSW, with her two children.

During her time in self-isolation, Phoebe kept her Instagram fans entertained by posting a slew of glamorous photos of herself swanning around in designer outfits.

Lockdown in luxury! The former journalist spent COVID-19 lockdown living with her parents, Mitch and Sarah Hooke, at their country estate near Bowral, NSW, with her two children

Lockdown in luxury! The former journalist spent COVID-19 lockdown living with her parents, Mitch and Sarah Hooke, at their country estate near Bowral, NSW, with her two children

She also regularly uploads sponsored posts spruiking a variety of different brands, including Ostelin vitamins, Glasshouse candles, L’Occitane en Provence cosmetics and fashion label Witchery. 

Back in April, Phoebe finalised her divorce from retired South Sydney Rabbitohs star Sam after five years of marriage.

Phoebe reportedly walked away with 70 per cent of their marital wealth, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Life's a fashion show! While in self-isolation, Phoebe kept her Instagram fans entertained by posting a slew of glamorous photos of herself swanning around in designer outfits

Life’s a fashion show! During her time in self-isolation, Phoebe kept her Instagram fans entertained by posting a slew of glamorous photos of herself swanning around in designer outfits

The former couple, who married in 2015, split for a second time in October last year, after initially separating in December 2018. 

Sam reportedly moved out of their $3.8million home in Sydney’s Maroubra towards the end of September 2019.

Phoebe told Stellar magazine in March she had never expected her marriage to fail. 

It's over! Back in April, Phoebe finalised her divorce from retired South Sydney Rabbitohs star Sam (left) after five years of marriage

It’s over! Back in April, Phoebe finalised her divorce from retired South Sydney Rabbitohs star Sam (left) after five years of marriage

‘I had an idea about how I wanted them (my children) to grow up and that’s not going to happen now,’ she tearfully confessed.

‘But I’m adjusting and I embrace being their mum every day. And if that’s being a single mum, then I’ll embrace that as well.

‘I’m just trying to… make sure they’re surrounded by love, regardless of how that family looks.’

Complicated split: The couple (pictured), who married in 2015, split for a second time in October last year, after initially separating in December 2018

Complicated split: The couple (pictured), who married in 2015, split for a second time in October last year, after initially separating in December 2018 

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