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My Kitchen Rules – Pete Evan’s Ex-Wife Not Happy With His New Girlfriend

Last week a commenter on this blog was querying what happened to My Kitchen Rules judge Pete Evans marriage, and it was like the tabloid newspaper gods shone down on us as low and behold there was a story about it in the Sunday Telegraph.

Pete Evans split earlier this year from his long term partner Astrid Ellinger with whom he has two children, apparently has a new girlfriend kiwi model Nicola Watson.

Astrid lets fly about the My Kitchen Rules judge in the interview:

“He’s got more famous and it inevitably changes anyone,” the mother-of-two said. “All I’m going to say is Pete has had down-to-earth girlfriends (before) so I’m not sure what’s happened now. I’m a down-to-earth and natural person. I don’t know what she is like.”

Ms Ellinger, who lives in North Bondi with her children, refused to go into the details of their split, which had been reported last month as “amicable” after more than a decade together. “She can have him if she wants.”

Watson, also known as Nicola Robinson, is a prominent Kiwi socialite and model formerly married to millionaire Warriorsleague club owner Eric Watson, whom she divorced in 2003. Her subsequent romances have included Sydney nightclub boss Justin Hemmes and ex-All Blacks Matthew Ridge and Ali Williams.

During an infamous 2007 TV interview, Watson admitted attempting suicide, undergoing three breast augmentations, using hard drugs, having threesomes, watching pornography from a “young age” and forgetting to wear underwear while attending horse races.

Watson recently revealed she no longer wanted to be famous, would revert to her birthname and seek refuge working at a day spa in a rural NZ community.

Ms Ellinger was clearly upset about the rising TV star’s new love. “I have googled (Watson) and I am shocked, she is not the type of girl Pete would usually go for. I am shocked,” she said. “I do not know what has happened.”

“I don’t care. I am just getting on with my life and they can go to it.”

Ms Ellinger quizzed The Sunday Telegraph about Watson, asking: “What can you tell me about her?”

My guess it is a what is commonly known as a mid-life crisis.


1 SEDI { 01.08.12 at 3:47 pm }

Whether its a new car or a new girlfriend, generally at this age men tend to trade in something for a new model.

The ex does seem understandably bitter about it though.

@JaneyT – WWHHAATT? Manu with a Malay stripper?? This I gotta read about!

2 brain dead dave { 01.08.12 at 4:03 pm }

Sounds like that she might have had a frog in her throat.

3 brain dead dave { 01.08.12 at 4:17 pm }

Pardon, JaneyT I mean ze Malay ‘ooker. Ze knock shop assistant

In ze Manu kitchen, zere are no rules.

4 brain dead dave { 01.08.12 at 4:28 pm }

Manu and Pete can get a new show going out of this-

“My Dick Rules”

5 Leop { 01.08.12 at 5:44 pm }

‘She can have him’ lol must have been a memorable union – anyhow I agree with the ex –

6 Leop { 01.08.12 at 5:45 pm }

BDD – has he actually got one big enough to satisfy?

7 sonia { 01.08.12 at 6:13 pm }

PMSL, so all the lame arse gags and baaaa-ing about kiwis in the previews of My Kitchen Rules have rubbed off on Pete then.

8 littlepetal { 01.08.12 at 7:41 pm }

The ex seemed very bitter. One moment she said she doesn’t care and then she goggled the other woman. I think people should move on when the marriage is over.

9 Wurstsemmel { 01.09.12 at 9:04 am }

She does have two kids with Pete, Little Petal. She’ll always have to have contact with him. I’d want to know a bit about who my kids were in contact with – doesn’t sound like the new woman would be much of a role model.

10 Culinary Boner { 01.09.12 at 11:22 am }

Awww, so cute…
a modern fairly tale…
“Mr Furry goes to Silicon Heaven”

11 KatInEurope { 01.09.12 at 11:52 pm }

My jaw has dropped.
This is Nikki Watson, right?
You can see that there can’t be many Kiwis coming to this site, because this is absolute gold.
Nikki was the inspiration for Pascalle West in Outrageous Fortune.
In NZ, she’s Woman’s Day cover material:
You think his ex sounds bitter? You haven’t met my gent’s ex-wife then… 😉

12 Reality Raver { 01.11.12 at 1:07 pm }

Oh KatInEurope – is she high profile in NZ, do you think he met her when they were filming the NZ section of the competition? Any other gossip?

13 Georgie { 01.11.12 at 1:20 pm }

I imagine ‘not being happy with your ex’s new partner’ would be par for the course, amicable or not.

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15 Anonymous { 04.13.14 at 8:50 pm }

Pete you have lost it !!!!! What happened to family and love . Not big boobs tight arse. Hope she doesn’t leave you for someone more in the lime light in a few years !!! Watch your back remember your ex partner new and loved you way before you became famous If that’s the right word and I doubt famous cuts it . Your just getting good ratings for NOW !!! Things change in a heartbeat !!!!!!

16 Anonymous { 04.13.14 at 9:08 pm }

Men !!!!!! You always look out for something you Think is better it all comes back to keeping your mind above the naval !!!!! Please the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence , but remember when you have to mow it , it’s all the same wake up Pete depression drugs and threesomes !!!!! Thought you were better than that.

17 daisy { 04.13.14 at 10:17 pm }

I have always told Woolif, “Let me know when you get a new gf so I can drop your laundry off”.

18 Kate Ogilvie { 05.08.14 at 6:25 pm }

there is something not quite right about Pete Evans , he was always really insecure & awkward on his earlier cooking shows (with lindey Milan ?) it was a pain to watch & uncomfortable. Then he changed his medication & although still awkward & icky to watch he is now quite confident ! its amazing what drugs can do ! I think Astrid is lucky to have had the chance to break free ! he is a bit creepy & moody too ! not good looking either ! the new model will use him to climb into the spotlight then dump him once she finds a taller ladder ! I watch MKR only to perv on MANU ! at least he is real !

19 Sandii { 05.08.14 at 6:28 pm }

Kate, what did you think of Manu’s hair this season. It seemed to have an identity of it’s own.

20 Kate Ogilvie { 05.08.14 at 6:44 pm }

while im at it . . . . Manu is a RAT too ! leaving his wife ! but he is a smart French Rat ! Asian Strippers are good value ! they dont spend all their husbands money , they are used to living on the smell of an oily rag . . . $100 is like $1000 to them ! they are mostly sweet & simple girls ! who love cooking,cleaning & lots of sex ! if i was a bloke id be heading for those asian bars too ! I think Manu has found his perfect recipe for the simple life :0)

21 Kate Ogilvie { 05.08.14 at 6:58 pm }

Hi Sandii ! Oh now on to Manu’s Hair ! its very unique ! im guessing his Asian girl is such a jack of all trades that she is also his hairdresser ! seriously those girls are such good value ! (i love Manu so i dont really care what his hair is like ! but now you have brought it to my attention im a bit curious as to what look he is trying to cultivate ? I would much rather see him with wild luscious shaped curls just below the ear lobe (he seriously needs to book in with Vincent Rae’s hair stylist) ditch the slick back & gangster scarf