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Nadia Bartel video: Ellie Pearson DELETES Instagram after AFL ‘cocaine snorting’ footage went viral

Nadia Bartel’s friend and business partner Ellie Pearson has deleted her Instagram account, after accidentally uploading a video of the ex-AFL WAG breaking lockdown and ‘snorting cocaine’ last week.

On Thursday, the three-second clip showing Nadia, 36, sniffing white powder off a $1.50 Kmart plate went viral, with the mum-of-two sharing a grovelling apology on social media the following day.

And while Ellie did tell The Herald Sun that she was ‘devastated’ on Friday, she has yet to post a full statement regarding the clip – choosing to keep a low profile and delete her entire Instagram page instead.

Low profile: Nadia Bartel’s (L) close friend and business partner Ellie Pearson (R) has deleted her Instagram account, after accidentally uploading a video of the AFL WAG breaking lockdown and ‘snorting cocaine’ last week

The entrepreneur, who founded spray tan company Spray Aus alongside WAG Emily McKay, had over 8,500 followers on her account @ellie_pearson prior to its deletion.

Her page had been tagged multiple times by her close friends online, including Emily, before it was taken down amid the scandal.

It’s believed she first set her account to private and stripped it of its photos, before deleting it in its entirety.

While it’s not known why Ellie chose to delete the page, it could be due to the high number of negative comments she would have received in light of posting the footage.

Gone: The entrepreneur, who runs spray tan company Spray Aus alongside WAG Emily McKay, had over 8,500 followers on her account @ellie_pearson prior to its deletion

Gone: The entrepreneur, who runs spray tan company Spray Aus alongside WAG Emily McKay, had over 8,500 followers on her account @ellie_pearson prior to its deletion

Before: Her account @ellie_pearson had been tagged multiple times by her close friends online, including Emily, before it was taken down amid the scandal

Before: Her account @ellie_pearson had been tagged multiple times by her close friends online, including Emily, before it was taken down amid the scandal

Nadia shielded herself from some of the backlash by disabling comments on her Instagram page as soon as the scandal came to light. 

While it’s unclear exactly how long Ellie and Nadia have been friends, throwback photos seem to indicate that they’ve known each other since they were teenagers.

More recently, Nadia has referred to Ellie as her ‘bestie’ in social media posts. 

Nadia and WAG Rebecca Judd are also partners in Ellie and Emily’s Spray Aus company.  

Nadia was filmed by Ellie breaking Melbourne’s strict lockdown and snorting what is believed to be cocaine at a party on Thursday night.

Video: Nadia (pictured) was filmed breaking Melbourne's strict lockdown and snorting what is believed to be cocaine at a party on Thursday night

Video: Nadia (pictured) was filmed breaking Melbourne’s strict lockdown and snorting what is believed to be cocaine at a party on Thursday night 

Video: The clip began with the fashion and beauty influencer appearing to lean over the plate with a rolled-up banknote in her left nostril as she presses her right nostril

Pictured: She then snorts the substance as one of the women watches on

Video: The clip begins with the fashion and beauty influencer appearing to lean over the plate with a rolled-up banknote in her left nostril as she presses her right nostril. She then snorts the substance as one of the women watches on

The former footy WAG broke her silence with a public apology several hours after the video was accidently uploaded to Instagram.

‘Hi everyone, I have let you all down by my actions. I take full responsibility and I am committed to taking all necessary steps to ensure I make better choices in future,’ she wrote in a post on Friday evening.

‘To my family and friends, my business partners and the public health workers trying to keep us all safe, I am embarrassed and remorseful.

‘I am truly and deeply sorry. I hope I can earn your forgiveness and, in time, your trust.’

Apology: Breaking her silence in a post shared to Instagram on Friday afternoon, the 36-year-old mum of two wrote: 'Hi everyone, I have let you all down by my actions. I take full responsibility and I am committed to taking all necessary steps to ensure I make better choices in future'

Apology: Breaking her silence in a post shared to Instagram on Friday afternoon, the 36-year-old mum of two wrote: ‘Hi everyone, I have let you all down by my actions. I take full responsibility and I am committed to taking all necessary steps to ensure I make better choices in future’

Private and public gatherings are not permitted in Melbourne, where Bartel lives, under Victoria’s Covid restrictions.

Nadia’s apology – which includes an appeal for forgiveness from health workers – appears to confirm the gathering was held on Thursday evening.

A new report alleges the video first found its way online due to Ellie having a cracked phone screen.

It was alleged on Saturday that Pearson was attempting to send the video to her sister.

However, because her phone screen was damaged, she hit the wrong buttons.

Damaged screen: A new report alleges the video first found its way online due to Ellie having a cracked phone screen. It was alleged on Saturday that Pearson was attempting to send the video to her sister. However, because her phone screen was damaged, she hit the wrong buttons

Damaged screen: A new report alleges the video first found its way online due to Ellie having a cracked phone screen. It was alleged on Saturday that Pearson was attempting to send the video to her sister. However, because her phone screen was damaged, she hit the wrong buttons

As a result, the clip was posted to both Instagram and Facebook, and was online for about ten minutes before being deleted, the paper claims.

But it was quickly copied by others and shared around, going viral on Friday.

Nadia was visited by police after the incident came to light.

Victorian police attended her $3million inner-city residence on Friday evening, hours after the video was accidently uploaded.

Two plainclothes police officers were seen arriving at her home but were reportedly unable to make contact with her.

Police have since confirmed that Bartel has spoken with them, and no fines have been issued as of Saturday.

Scandal: Bartel was visited by police after she was filmed breaking Melbourne's strict lockdown and snorting what is believed to be cocaine at a party on Thursday night. Victorian police attended her $3million inner-city residence on Friday evening, hours after the video was accidently uploaded

Scandal: Bartel was visited by police after she was filmed breaking Melbourne’s strict lockdown and snorting what is believed to be cocaine at a party on Thursday night. Victorian police attended her $3million inner-city residence on Friday evening, hours after the video was accidently uploaded

‘Victoria Police is aware of a video currently on social media depicting alleged illicit drug use and an alleged breach of CHO directions,’ a spokeswoman said.

‘Victoria Police has made contact with a 36-year-old Windsor woman who is assisting with inquiries. As the investigation is ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.’ 

Bartel is a mother-of-two and is the ex-wife of retired AFL star Jimmy Bartel, a Brownlow Medallist who spent his career with the Geelong Cats.

The couple split in 2019 after five years of marriage.

Former relationship: Nadia is the ex-wife of retired AFL star Jimmy Bartel, a Brownlow Medallist who spent his career with the Geelong Cats

Former relationship: Nadia is the ex-wife of retired AFL star Jimmy Bartel, a Brownlow Medallist who spent his career with the Geelong Cats


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