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AFL, Melbourne: Nadia Bartel caught in the rain amid surname controversy

She is facing growing calls to revert to her maiden name after her high-profile divorce from retired AFL star Jimmy Bartel.

But Nadia Bartel (née Coppolino) didn’t let the drama get her down on Thursday as she ran errands in Melbourne in the middle of a downpour.

The fashion designer, 36, laughed off the inclement weather as she dashed to her car to escape the rain. 

Water off a duck’s back! Nadia Bartel didn’t let the drama surrounding her surname get her down on Thursday as she ran errands in Melbourne in the middle of a downpour

She cut a stylish figure in a white ribbed singlet and oversized shirt. 

Nadia, who is the founder of clothing brand Henne, completed her look with navy pinstripe trousers and leather sandals.

The mother of two styled her brunette hair loosely and opted for light makeup, including dewy foundation and nude lipstick.

On the run: The fashion designer, 36, laughed off the inclement weather as she dashed to her car to escape the rain

Chic: She cut a stylish figure in a white ribbed singlet and oversized shirt

On the run: The fashion designer, 36, laughed off the inclement weather as she dashed to her car to escape the rain. She cut a stylish figure in a white ribbed singlet and oversized shirt

Casual: Nadia, the founder of clothing brand Henne, completed her look with pinstripe pants

Casual: Nadia, the founder of clothing brand Henne, completed her look with pinstripe pants

Essentials: The Instagram influencer clutched her iPhone and a face mask as she ran for cover

Essentials: The Instagram influencer clutched her iPhone and a face mask as she ran for cover 

It comes after Nadia was criticised last week for still using her married name despite her bitter split from former Geelong Cats star Jimmy Bartel. 

The influencer, who shares sons Aston, five, and Henley, two, with the Brownlow medallist, responded to a follower on Instagram who had encouraged her to go back to using Coppolino.

‘Nadia, can you change your SURNAME back, so you are no longer riding on the coattails of Jimmy’s successful career,’ the critic wrote.

Backlash: It comes after Nadia was criticised last week for still using her married name despite her bitter split from ex-Geelong star Jimmy Bartel. Pictured with her sons, Aston and Henley

Backlash: It comes after Nadia was criticised last week for still using her married name despite her bitter split from ex-Geelong star Jimmy Bartel. Pictured with her sons, Aston and Henley

Response: Nadia, who shares sons Aston, five, and Henley, two, with the Brownlow medallist, responded to a follower on Instagram who had encouraged her to go back to using Coppolino

Response: Nadia, who shares sons Aston, five, and Henley, two, with the Brownlow medallist, responded to a follower on Instagram who had encouraged her to go back to using Coppolino 

Not the hair! Nadia used her shirt as an umbrella to shield herself from the rain

Hurry! She ran through the downpour to get back to her vehicle

Not the hair! Nadia used her shirt as an umbrella to shield herself from the rain

While Nadia has kept a low profile since her white-powder scandal in September, she felt the need to respond to this in the comments section.

‘I want the same last name as my children, can I ask why you have such a problem with it?’ she asked. ‘You don’t know me.’ 

Another woman in a similar position to Nadia responded: ‘Totally understand. I unfortunately didn’t have the same surname as my daughter, and it was annoying and unpractical on so many levels.’ 

Scrutiny: 'Nadia, can you change your SURNAME back, so you are no longer riding on the coattails of Jimmy's successful career,' the critic wrote

Scrutiny: ‘Nadia, can you change your SURNAME back, so you are no longer riding on the coattails of Jimmy’s successful career,’ the critic wrote 

That old chestnut: 'I want the same last name as my children, can I ask why you have such a problem with it?' she asked the follower. 'You don't know me'

That old chestnut: ‘I want the same last name as my children, can I ask why you have such a problem with it?’ she asked the follower. ‘You don’t know me’ 

Nadia replied: ‘I feel you, and nothing against different surnames. 

‘Each to their own, and who knows what will happen for me in the future, but right now when they are so young it’s hard to have a different surname to them.’

Nadia has continued to use Jimmy’s surname since their split in August 2019.

Her defensive post comes after she recently broke her silence following her snorting scandal, which made headlines in September.

She said in an Instagram post on November 2 that shifting her ‘mindset’ had helped her heal in the wake of the controversy that threatened to destroy her career.

She's a Bartel: Nadia has continued to use Jimmy's surname since their split in August 2019

She’s a Bartel: Nadia has continued to use Jimmy’s surname since their split in August 2019


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