Gossip Mags Competing Over Claire Winton Burn’s Love Life
Well it seems every weekly gossip magazine has been chasing the story of Claire Winton Burn’s love life. Last week the Sunday Telegraph broke the story that Claire’s partner had left his wife and three children to be with her. (See previous blog post)
The Masterchef Australia contestant love life is now being discussed in Woman’s Day, New Idea and TV Week. But I still don’t know where the truth lies. TV Week is saying there are three kids, whilst New Idea is saying there is only one.
The New Idea article is running with a “legal industry source”.
The article states:
Friends of Masterchef contestant Claire Winton Burn have come to her defence amid allegations that she stole her boyfriend Trevor Thomas from his wife Narelle just months after she gave birth.
Those close to the 31 year old rallied around her last week, insisting the Melbourne construction and major projects lawyer is not a home wrecker.
“There is always two sides to every story,” one legal industry souce tells New Idea.
“Everyone was sad their marriage didn’t work out but it’s not always that simple. Claire and Trevor are very much in love.”
The former work colleagues at Clayton Utz law firm began dating after Trevor, 36, separated from his wife Narelle in December 2008, when his only child Holly was 22 months old.
While she is understandably protective of her personal life, Claire tells New Idea her relationship is stronger than ever despite having to live in different states while she films Masterchef in Sydney.
“My partner Trevor has been really supportive and I know he will be there when I get back,” she said in March. “It sets me free in a lot of ways. He’s been wonderful. It’s made us stronger.”
But last week, the pair were said to be distressed that their 15-month romance was being put under the microscope. “It’s very stressful and horrifying for them,” the source says.
It was a tough week for Claire who was emotional when she faced her first eliminaton challenge last week. The usually composed lawyer burst into tears when asked by judge Gary Mehigan if she thought she ‘d be the one to be eliminated during the toughest taste test challenge.
“I don’t really have much to go back to,” sobbed Claire, who added she no longer has a legal practising certificate.
Last week, Trevor’s law firm took down the solicitor’s picture and profile from its website, reportedly to protect his privacy.
Despite rumours he left his wife for Claire, the source says Trevor and Narelle are on amicable terms for Holly, now three.
“Narelle is a lovely, intelligent professional, not some downtrodden woman with no money who’s been left all alone,” the source says. “They share a common concern for their lovely little girl.”
However TV Week did get a recent quote from Claire which said:
“I feel I’m more in love than I have ever been,” she said of being apart from her unnamed love for the past six months while filming the show. “Distance can be a good thing and a bad thing for a relationship. It’s been hard because you don’t have that day-to-day contact, but it’s good because it makes you appreciate your other half all the more.”
As for future commitments with her man, Claire simply says, “It doesn’t matter whether or not you’ve got a ring on your finger, just as long as we’re together.”