Kyly Clarke finds new sporting love

 

Kyly Clarke has moved on from the demise of her seven-year marriage to former Australian Test cricket captain Michael Clarke, reigniting an old flame.

Clarke, who's maiden name is Boldy, has reportedly sparked up a relationship with V8 Supercars driver James Courtney after she and the driver were spotted "kissing passionately" trackside at Bathurst on Thursday according to The Daily Telegraph.

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It's not the first time the pair have dated. They were an item 20 years ago after meeting through friends and family.

Courtney used to race at the same go-karting club as Kyly's brother, Troy, when they were kids and the pair have known each other since she was 11.

James Courtney and Kyly Boldy giving them Year 12 formal feels in 2001.
James Courtney and Kyly Boldy giving them Year 12 formal feels in 2001.

The Daily Telegraph reports a source close to the couple confirmed the relationship and said "It is early days but they are very happy".

"Kyly loves motorsports, it is something she has been passionate about since childhood," the friend said.

"They just clicked when they reconnected and everything is going well. It is like a fairytale because they were together all those years ago so it has come full circle."

Clarke revealed she was at Bathurst this week, posting from inside Courtney's garage where he is racing for the Tickford Boost Mobile Team.

Kyly Clarke – In the garage.
Kyly Clarke – In the garage.

The Clarkes announced their separation in February with a statement to The Australian.

"After living apart for some time, we have made the difficult decision to ­separate as a couple, amicably," the statement read.

"With the greatest of respect for each other, we've come to the ­mutual conclusion that this is the best course for us to take while committed to the co-parenting of our daughter."

The pair have a four-year-old daughter, Kelsey-Lee. The pair went on Channel 9's A Current Affair last year revealing a health scare for their daughter when she suffered a serious asthma attack.

Kyly Clarke was the first lady of Australian cricket.
Kyly Clarke was the first lady of Australian cricket.

The pair co-parent Kelsey-Lee, with Michael revealing to Kyle and Jackie O in July that when he was looking after her and she wanted to see her mum, the former cricket star drove over to her house and the trio hung out together.

"It's probably easier to do when your child's so young but I would hope that's mine and Kyly's relationship forever," he said. "That our daughter is No. 1, we keep our friendship strong and we do what's best for her.

"There's always other people involved. There's families, there's friends, if there's a new person there's that as well so you're trying to stay respectful to everyone. It's easier said than done."

Michael has already moved on with fashion designer Pip Edwards, with the pair going public in June.

Courtney has also been unlucky in love, after his 16-year marriage broke down in a messy public fight when his ex-wife Carys, who flew to Hawaii with publican Stu Laundy.

40-year-old James Courtney has grown up a long way from the picture above.
40-year-old James Courtney has grown up a long way from the picture above.

"My life has been chaos since late 2017," Courtney said.

"The last couple of years have been easily the hardest of my life. I was trying to perform in the spotlight while my life was falling apart.

"It got very unpleasant and there were things that were being dealt with at the track that should have been dealt with earlier in the week."

Courtney was forced into a two-year custody battle for his two children and went public with a new flame earlier this year in a wide-ranging interview with The Sunday Telegraph.

Originally published as Kyly Clarke finds new sporting love

Kyly also posted this to her Instagram Stories.
Kyly also posted this to her Instagram Stories.

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