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Fallen Perth AFL star Ben Cousins has reportedly split from his long term girlfriend Maylea Tinecheff, who is the mother of his two children.

Just weeks after welcoming his second child into the world, New Idea reports the couple have split.

It comes just a week after Cousins was involved in a violent attack at an East Fremantle park.

New Idea reports that the birth of the second child has come as a shock to Cousins, who is believed to have split from Tinecheff last year and moved back in with his parents.

Cousins and Tinecheff, 41, also have a son Bobby, who is 21 months old, while she has two primary school-aged children from a previous relationship.

"There is talk of a paternity test, but I'm not sure it'll get to that," a friend told New Idea.

Friends reportedly said the split came as no surprise as their five-year relationship had been rocky.

"I've heard screaming matches and seen Maylea storming off down the street really upset," said a former neighbour who allegedly lived within earshot of the couple's former North Beach home.

"One said he chased after her to get in, but she just screamed: 'Go away!'"

The 35-year-old former Wesley College student has not been far from the spotlight since a devastating battle with a methamphetamine addiction ultimately ended his stellar 12-year career with the Eagles in 2007.

The Brownlow Medallist was sacked after a two-year period in which he ran away from a booze bus, admitted his battle with substance abuse on national TV and was charged with possessing a prohibited drug - a charge that was later dropped.

The fallout from his drug use has included dramatic relapses, hospital admission for drug-induced psychosis and an $800 fine in June last year for drug offences, including the possession of 4.56g of methylamphetamine.

Cousins was caught with the drugs on his return in March 2012 at Esperance airport when he was returning to the Teen Challenge rehabilitation facility from a trip to Perth.

He was deregistered for a year by the AFL for bringing the game into disrepute but returned in 2009 with Richmond before retiring in 2010.


The West Australian

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