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AFL: Jake Stringer’s ex Abby Gilmore is engaged to partner Leighroy Wellington

A controversial mummy blogger who once dated a top Aussie Rules football player has revealed she is engaged to her new partner.

Abby Gilmore announced on Monday her long-term boyfriend Leighroy Wellington had proposed, sharing photos to Instagram of her sparkling diamond ring.

The mother of three, 28, captioned the gallery of images, ‘Well of course I said YES,’ adding a love heart and engagement ring emoji.

She said yes! Former WAG Abby Gilmore – known for her scandalous split from Essendon star Jake Stringer – has announced she is engaged to her long-term boyfriend Leighroy Wellington

She was flooded with congratulations from the WAG community.

Nadia Bartel, the scandal-prone ex-wife of Geelong great Jimmy Bartel, commented: ‘Awww congrats, and such a beautiful ring.’

Emma Hawkins, the wife of Cats full-forward Tom Hawkins, added: ‘Congratulations! Thrilled for you all and what a beautiful ring.’

What a rock! Abby, 28, announced on Monday that Leighroy had proposed, sharing photos to Instagram of her sparkling diamond ring

What a rock! Abby, 28, announced on Monday that Leighroy had proposed, sharing photos to Instagram of her sparkling diamond ring

Thrilled: The mother of three captioned the gallery of images, 'Well of course I said YES,' adding a love heart and engagement ring emoji

Thrilled: The mother of three captioned the gallery of images, ‘Well of course I said YES,’ adding a love heart and engagement ring emoji

'So happy for you': She posted screenshots on Instagram Stories of her video chats with friends after Leighroy had popped the question

Check me out! She couldn't wipe the smile off her face while showing off her ring to a pal

‘So happy for you’: She posted screenshots on Instagram Stories of her video chats with friends after Leighroy had popped the question

Well-wishes: She was flooded with congratulations from the WAG community, including the likes of Nadia Bartel, Emma Hawkins, Megan Gale and Alex Fevola

Well-wishes: She was flooded with congratulations from the WAG community, including the likes of Nadia Bartel, Emma Hawkins, Megan Gale and Alex Fevola

Alex Fevola, the fiancée of ex-Carlton and Brisbane Lions player Brendan Fevola, and her daughter Mia also offered their well-wishes.

Influencer Abby and carpenter Leighroy have been dating for about four years, and are parents to two-year-old son Mason James, who was born in May 2019.

Abby shares two older children, daughters Arlo and Milla, with Essendon forward Jake Stringer, known by the nickname ‘The Package’.

Love story: Influencer Abby and carpenter Leighroy have been dating for about four years, and are parents to two-year-old son Mason James, who was born in May 2019

Love story: Influencer Abby and carpenter Leighroy have been dating for about four years, and are parents to two-year-old son Mason James, who was born in May 2019 

Bitter ending: Abby shares two older children, daughters Arlo and Milla, with Essendon forward Jake Stringer, known by the nickname 'The Package'. Pictured in September 2016

Bitter ending: Abby shares two older children, daughters Arlo and Milla, with Essendon forward Jake Stringer, known by the nickname ‘The Package’. Pictured in September 2016

Jake, 27, played for the Western Bulldogs from 2013 to 2017 before signing with the Bombers the following year. 

The high-school sweethearts split acrimoniously in 2016, and later became embroiled in a bitter public feud that was splashed across the Melbourne tabloids.

She made extraordinary claims about her ex-partner in a tell-all interview with the Herald Sun, which afterwards employed her as a columnist and podcast host. 

Break-up: The high-school sweethearts split acrimoniously in 2016, and later became embroiled in a bitter public feud that was splashed across the Melbourne tabloids. Pictured at the Brownlow Medal in Melbourne on September 29, 2015

Break-up: The high-school sweethearts split acrimoniously in 2016, and later became embroiled in a bitter public feud that was splashed across the Melbourne tabloids. Pictured at the Brownlow Medal in Melbourne on September 29, 2015

Ouch: Abby made headlines two years later, in September 2018 when she took a swipe at Jake on Instagram by cropping him out of their Brownlow Medal photo from 2015

Ouch: Abby made headlines two years later, in September 2018 when she took a swipe at Jake on Instagram by cropping him out of their Brownlow Medal photo from 2015

Abby made headlines two years later, in September 2018 when she took a swipe at Jake on Instagram by cropping him out of their Brownlow Medal photo from 2015.

It was a rather unusual decision because she could have simply posted one of the many solo photos taken of her on the red carpet that night.

Instead, she shared a picture of the former couple but obscured Jake completely behind a vertical black bar, with only a portion of his tuxedo visible.

She wrote in the caption: ‘Just your yearly reminder that I was fortunate enough to attend [the Brownlow] once.

‘I walked in matching the tablecloths and never got to redeem myself ever again. Everyone tonight looks SO HOT! It’s next level.

‘I was also in New Idea’s worst dressed, so yeah happy Brownlow.’  

Everyday chaos: Since her split from Jake, Abby has built a lucrative social media brand around her life as a 'former WAG' and runs self-improvement workshops for women. Her social media posts have earned her a dedicated following in the mummy blogosphere

Everyday chaos: Since her split from Jake, Abby has built a lucrative social media brand around her life as a ‘former WAG’ and runs self-improvement workshops for women. Her social media posts have earned her a dedicated following in the mummy blogosphere

Abby spoke about her split from Jake during a podcast interview in 2019.

The stay-at-home mum revealed the exes had agreed to ‘put down their swords’ and work together for the sake of their children.

‘We are probably still going to have our hiccups,’ she said.

‘But we’ve got such a sense of maturity now, we know we operate best when we all operate together… and if one of us is angry, we know we need to get back to that special bond we’re sharing because it works for the kids.’

Moving on: Jake (left) has and his new partner Taylor McVeigh (right) welcomed a son named River in April 2020. Pictured at the Brownlow Medal on September 23, 2019, in Melbourne

Moving on: Jake (left) has and his new partner Taylor McVeigh (right) welcomed a son named River in April 2020. Pictured at the Brownlow Medal on September 23, 2019, in Melbourne

Abby praised Jake’s new girlfriend Taylor McVeigh in the same interview.

‘I love Taylor,’ she said. ‘She works so well with us and it’s something that I’ve had to learn to love over time because there is this woman all of a sudden placed in the mix.

‘We are conditioned to be intimidated and threatened by this person and I’m not. I think she’s amazing and she has been this whole time.’

Jake and Taylor welcomed a son named River in April 2020.

Since her split from Jake, Abby has built a lucrative social media brand around her life as a ‘former WAG’ and runs self-improvement workshops for women. 

Career: Jake, 27, played for the Western Bulldogs from 2013 to 2017 before signing with the Bombers the following year. Pictured during AFL training on the Gold Coast on August 5

Career: Jake, 27, played for the Western Bulldogs from 2013 to 2017 before signing with the Bombers the following year. Pictured during AFL training on the Gold Coast on August 5

Her social media posts, which include daily videos of her sometimes chaotic personal life, have earned her a dedicated following in the mummy blogosphere.

While the comments on her photos are generally supportive, she also has her fair share of detractors.

Abby has been criticised on websites such as Gomiblog, a forum dedicated to discussing bloggers and influencers, for her parenting style and ‘oversharing’ private details of her life.


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