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Poh Ling Yeow discusses her ex-husband Matt Phipps finding love with her best friend Sarah Rich

Inside Poh Ling Yeow’s unique love square: MasterChef star reveals how she coped after learning her ex-husband Matt Phipps had found love with her best friend Sarah Rich


Poh Ling Yeow has lifted the lid on her very unusual relationship with ex-husband Matt Phipps and his new wife Sarah Rich.   

The MasterChef star, 48, divorced filmmaker Matt in 1999, yet has maintained a close friendship with her ex over the years – despite him later marrying her best friend Sarah Rich. 

While most people would struggle to cope such a bizarre turn of events, Poh said she’s thankful for how it all turned out.  

Making it work: MasterChef star Poh Ling Yeow, 48 (pictured) has lifted the lid on her very unusual relationship with ex-husband Matt Phipps, who is currently married to her best friend Sarah Rich 

‘When [Matt and Sarah] got together, everyone always asked, ‘How can you not have an issue with that?” Poh said during an interview with Jessica Rowe’s Big Talk Show on Wednesday. 

Poh noted that she and Matt hadn’t officially parted ways when he found love with Sarah, but insisted that she was thrilled to finally put an end to their unhappy marriage.  

‘Matt and I were already in a really not great spot, and we didn’t know how to break up. And it was almost like a gift to me, and we were sort of living almost like housemates for at least three years not knowing how to manage the situation,’ she recalled. 

Ex-files: 'When [Matt and Sarah] got together, everyone always asked, 'How can you not have an issue with that?'' Poh said during an interview with Jessica Rowe's Big Talk Show on Wednesday. Pictured: Matt Phipps, Sarah Rich

Ex-files: ‘When [Matt and Sarah] got together, everyone always asked, ‘How can you not have an issue with that?” Poh said during an interview with Jessica Rowe’s Big Talk Show on Wednesday. Pictured: Matt Phipps, Sarah Rich 

‘And just that obligation to family and that expectation and stuff. I actually was pretty cool with it…  I just thought that if I chose to react to it in a way that was negative, I would have been lying to myself,’ she added. 

Poh said that both she and Matt both ‘wanted the relationship to end’, and that she’d simply ‘processed the breakup in a really sensible way’. 

‘I thought I would be pretending to hang on to something that I actually didn’t want,’ she added. 

Honest: Poh said that both she and Matt both 'wanted the relationship to end', and that she'd simply 'processed the breakup in a really sensible way'

Honest: Poh said that both she and Matt both ‘wanted the relationship to end’, and that she’d simply ‘processed the breakup in a really sensible way’

Friends AND business partners! Poh and Matt's relationship is so strong that they are currently co-owners of Jamface Cafe at Adelaide Central Market

Friends AND business partners! Poh and Matt’s relationship is so strong that they are currently co-owners of Jamface Cafe at Adelaide Central Market 

The reality star also credited the fact that she she Matt didn’t have children as a reason why it was so easy to end their relationship in a ‘clean, adult’ way. 

Poh and Matt’s relationship is so strong that they are currently co-owners of Jamface Cafe at Adelaide Central Market.

Matt’s new wife Sarah and Poh’s second husband Jono Bennett have also been pictured working with at the trendy cafe.  

Exit: Matt's new wife Sarah and Poh's second husband Jono Bennett (left) have also been pictured working at the trendy cafe

Exit: Matt’s new wife Sarah and Poh’s second husband Jono Bennett (left) have also been pictured working at the trendy cafe 

In February, however, Poh announced she had split Jonathan after six years of marriage, and 12 years together in total. 

By July, they had also parted ways professionally, with documents showing he was removed as Director from her company Jamface in July.  

It is understood has he has cut all ties from the business and removed as a shareholder.

Poh became a household name after appearing on MasterChef season one in 2009. 

Parted: In February, however, Poh announced she had split Jonathan after six years of marriage, and 12 years together in total. Pictured together in 2016

Parted: In February, however, Poh announced she had split Jonathan after six years of marriage, and 12 years together in total. Pictured together in 2016

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