'Never been happier': New details in Aussie superstars' romance

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·3-min read
James Courtney and Kyly Clarke, pictured here after the Bathurst 1000.
James Courtney and Kyly Clarke after the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Michael and Kyly Clarke have both moved on after their $40 million divorce earlier this year, and it appears to have done wonders for both.

Earlier this year Michael said he “wouldn’t change a thing” and that he’s “extremely lucky” to still be friends with his ex-wife.

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And Kyly is said to be “happier than ever” after recently finding love again with Supercars driver James Courtney.

Kyly and Courtney were spotted looking loved up at the Bathurst 1000 recently, all-but confirming their new relationship.

And according to her friends, they’ve never seen her this happy.

“I've never seen Kyly so happy,” a friend reportedly told Woman's Day on Monday.

“James adores Kyly and knows she is responsible for mending his broken heart.

“He finally got the girl he fancied all those years ago.”

Courtney, who recently opened up about his brutal divorce with wife Carys in 2017, and Clarke were reportedly close as teenagers.

The pair have been friends since they were children, with Kyly’s brother Troy racing karts at the same venue as Courtney.

Courtney went through a very public break-up with Carys and was then forced to battle for custody of his children while fighting to save his career.

“The last couple of years have been easily the hardest of my life,” Courtney told The Sunday Telegraph in June.

“I was trying to perform in the spotlight while my life was falling apart.”

Kyly and Michael Clarke, pictured here at the 2016 Allan Border Medal ceremony.
Kyly and Michael Clarke at the 2016 Allan Border Medal ceremony. (Photo by Zak Kaczmarek/Getty Images)

The 40-year-old was suffering through the worst season of his career, which was compounded when it was revealed that Carys was dating high-profile Sydney pub baron Stu Laundy.

“It got very unpleasant and there were things that were being dealt with at the track that should have been dealt with earlier in the week,” Courtney said.

“Things were aired at the wrong time and it was tough. I was lucky the guys in the team understood what I was going through and they understood if I needed some time to myself.”

Michael and Kyly Clarke both find love again

But it appears as though Courtney has found love again with Clarke, with the Daily Telegraph quoting a source close to the couple that all signs were positive so far.

“It is early days but they are very happy,” the unnamed source said.

“Kyly loves motorsports, it is something she has been passionate about since childhood.

“They just clicked when they reconnected and everything is going well. It is like a fairytale because they were together all those years ago so it has come full circle.”

Pip Edwards and Michael Clarke, pictured here at the Everest Race Day.
Pip Edwards and Michael Clarke at the Everest Race Day at Royal Randwick. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

As for Michael, the former Australian cricket captain has moved on with fashion designer Pip Edwards.

The pair were spotted at The Everest racing event at Royal Randwick in Sydney last Saturday.

“I think I’m extremely lucky to have been able to go through a separation with the mother of my child and us still be great friends,” Clarke said in July.

“I actually think Kyly and my friendship now is as strong as it’s ever been.

“We still talk daily and I think you’ve heard Kyly say as well both of us will always prioritise our daughter and a big part of that is a friendship between mum and dad.”

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