Brotherhood will survive the Noosa showdown as the police drop their investigation

“There are no issues because of what happened,” the source said.


The source added that Clarke is used to confrontations on and off the cricket pitch and is coping with the aftermath of the scandal.

“He’s strong, he’ll be fine,” they said.

Bell and Clarke go back at least 15 years to when the couple was first spotted toasting Christmas drinks aboard Bell’s 80-foot luxury yacht, the Stealth, which later landed at the bottom of Sydney Harbor after being caught near Rose Bay had sunk.

Clarke, a business client-turned-best-friend, bought a $6 million three-bedroom apartment from Bell on Bondi’s famous Campbell Parade in 2009.

Bell played MC at Clarke’s lavish engagement party to Lara Bingle and was a shoulder for Clarke to cry on when the relationship dissolved.

Clarke returned the favor when Bell’s marriage to TV presenter Kelly Landry’s wife ended in an ugly courtroom showdown.

Clarke and Bingle before their relationship fell apart.

Clarke and Bingle before their relationship fell apart. Credit:James Alcock

Clarke also accompanied Bell, a keen yachtsman, aboard his Supermaxi Perpetual Loyal when she had to turn back in the middle of rough seas at the 2015 Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

The circle of friends later expanded to include television presenters such as Larry Emdur and Stefanovic, and AFL star Buddy Franklin.


The fraternity bonded as they soaked up million-dollar views aboard Bell’s yachts on Sydney Harbor during summer evenings.

It remains to be seen if Clarke and Stefanovic’s relationship will survive the heated encounter.

“One would hope in the fulness of time…there is a long history there,” the source said.

On Friday, News Corp reported that a series of photos had surfaced showing Yarbrough and Clarke looking strained, taken just 48 hours before their public altercation.

The Daily Telegraph reported that Jade was upset and embarrassed when the footage came to light while Clarke had been on the phone trying to salvage the relationship.

Yarbrough accused Clarke of sleeping with Edwards on December 17 last year, which the cricketer denied during the altercation, telling her he had been with Bell instead.

It is understood that Bell was in Noosa on the night in question.

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Jaclyn Diaz

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