Extraordinary footage has emerged of former Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke and good pal and top TV presenter Karl Stefanovic engaged in a heated exchange of blows in front of shocked onlookers in a public park late at night.
The Today show host and the Australian cricket great clashed while holidaying on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast with their respective partners, sisters Jasmine and Jade Yarbrough, on January 10.
All hell broke loose when the couples had dinner with fellow famous accountant Anthony Bell at a beachfront restaurant in Noosa.
The melee is understood to be over Clarke’s ex-girlfriend, high-profile fashion designer Pip Edwards and recent text messages between the two.
The Daily Telegraph’s dramatic footage shows a shirtless Clarke being yelled at and hit by his hysterical girlfriend while others in the group try to defuse the commotion.
Michael Clarke was involved in a late night argument with his girlfriend Jade Yarbrough before venting his anger on good pal and Jade’s brother-in-law Karl Stefanovic
‘Am I wrong? I’m damn wrong! You are a fucking liar. i can see everything You called her,” Jade yells.
Clarke tried to reassure Jade that he hadn’t cheated on her and swore on the life of his young daughter that he was with Bell on the night in question last month.
“Baby, you’re wrong, you’re wrong,” he insists.
‘Baby, baby, Belly was in the house. I swear on my life, I swear on my life… That’s not true, that’s not true.’
But Jade doesn’t believe his desperate protests and claims she spoke to Edwards.
‘You’re fucking lying to me. You are a piece of shit. I just spoke to her. What’s wrong with you?’
Clarke replied, “It’s not true, it’s not true.”
Clarke appeared to have injured his hamstring in the melee after being knocked to the ground by Jade.
Stefanovic’s wife Jasmine finally intervenes, grabs her desperate sister’s arm and drags her away.
“Go away with Karl, go away with Karl,” Jasmine tells Clarke as he unleashes his anger on Stefanovic.
“Karlos, I can tell you now, shit, don’t go the fuck away. She can, she can hit me, but you, you shit,” says Clarke.
The fiery argument between Michael Clarke and Jade Yarbrough in a public park in Noosa was filmed by shocked onlookers
The comment sparks anger in Jade, who defends her brother-in-law before punching Clarke in the face.
“You piece of shit, don’t fucking talk to him,” she yelled.
Stefanovic and Bell tell the couple to stop, which falls on deaf ears.
“Go hit me, hit me… do it again, you’re wrong, you’re bloody wrong,” Clarke tells his girlfriend.
Jade yells, “Oh, am I wrong? You fucked her (Edwards) on December 17th, you fucked her…you’re a fucking dog…I’ll show her every fucking message you ever sent me.’
She is referring to a text she saw on Clarke’s phone inviting Edwards to come to India with him.
“Oh yes you are the love of my life Pip come to India” Jade said.
Clarke replied, “Don’t ever talk to me again.”
Karl Stefanovic and his wife Jasmine had to intervene in the ugly altercation between Jade and Michael
The two-minute clip ends with her sister Jasmine and Bell breaking up the feuding couple.
“Stop it, Jade, stop it,” Jasmine pleads.
added bell; Let it go Jade.’
The ugly altercation happened in front of young children nearby, according to stunned witnesses.
A remorseful Clarke has taken full responsibility for what happened.
“I am absolutely disappointed that I have brought into this position people I value most in this position. My actions leading up to this altercation were nothing short of shameful and regrettable,” he told the publication Wednesday night.
“I’m devastated that my actions have drawn women of class and integrity and my buddies into this situation.”
His former partner Edwards distanced herself from the “debacle” as she delivered a brutal punch to Clarke.
“It’s not my circus. Once again, Michael in his true nature took no responsibility for his actions and I was blatantly lied to,” Edwards said in a statement.
Chron Australia has reached out to everyone involved for comment.
The altercation came just a day after Clarke and Jade silenced recent breakup rumors as they packed their PDA while on holiday on Noosa’s main beach.
Michael Clarke dated Pip Edwards (pictured in happier times) for 18 months before ending things for good a year ago
A week earlier, Clarke had attended a New Year’s Eve party alone at Sydney’s Bondi Icebergs while Jade was on the other side of the world in Aspen, Colorado with Jasmine and Karl.
The couple’s separate plans over Christmas and the New Year sparked speculation that the couple had called it quits after a short-lived romance.
Clarke’s relationship with his former partner Edwards began in June 2020 after he split from his wife Kyly, whom they announced four months earlier.
He and Pip had been friends for more than a decade before that, but became closer when they worked on a fashion project together.
The couple called it quits in December 2021.
A source close to the couple confirmed the split, saying: “The decision was mutual. They are two best friends who decided to break up as a couple earlier this month but to continue their friendship.
After their split, Pip had an affair with Bondi restaurateur Cameron Northway for around four months, but that fizzled out and she reunited with Michael.
Ex: Michael was married to model Kyly Clarke, 40, from 2012 to 2019 but they only announced their split in February 2020. They are pictured here with their daughter Kelsey Lee
Michael and Pip recently attended the New Year Celebration at Sydney’s iconic Icebergs.
The hitter was married to former model Kyly Clarke (née Boldy), 40, from 2012 to 2019, but the couple didn’t announce their split until February 2020.
The Clarkes had kept their split a secret for several months before releasing a statement on Instagram saying their daughter was their priority.
In a statement at the time, the couple said the “amicable” decision to separate was “the best way forward” for their daughter.