Former The Block contestant and AFL star Darren Jolly has been found safe after fears grew over a distressing message he posted online.
Yesterday, Darren, who played in the Sydney Swans’ 2005 premiership and Collingwood’s in 2010, uploaded a series of photos of him and his daughters alongside a lengthy post about his struggles since separating from his wife of 15 years, Deanne.
The concerning message prompted hundreds of comments from friends and family, with fellow former The Block contestants, Michael and Carlene, urging people to reach out to the 38-year-old, asking him to return their calls.
Former AFL star Brendan Fevola also took to his Twitter writing: “Anyone that knows DJ please give him a call and reach out”.
Last night, Darren’s manager, Paul Connors, updated everyone on Darren’s welfare, writing: “Thanks for everyone’s concern. Darren Jolly has been found and is safe.”
Darren and Deanne split last year after 15 years of marriage. The couple had appeared on The Block twice, in 2014 and 2015.
They won the show in 2015 and took home $10,000 for their efforts. Darren and Deanne are parents to 12-year-old Scarlett and 10-year-old Lily.
The couple are reportedly due to appear before a court in Melbourne soon, however the details haven’t been released for legal reasons.
In 2015 Darren revealed he had a brain tumour removed.
Speaking to A Current Affair at the time, the former sportsman said he thought it was just a bad headache at first, but went to the doctor after it didn’t go away after a few days.
In February this year, Darren revealed he had spent three weeks in a mental facility to deal with depression.
“Everything was too much to handle and I lost control. I lost my drive to keep going, I lost my purpose in life, I lost my direction and I lost my path. I thought it was easier just to go,” he said at Collingwood’s annual general meeting, according to the Herald Sun.
“I’m not ashamed to stand here tonight and tell you I spent time in hospital to deal with my issues. I look back now and say it was the best thing I could have ever done.
“I learned a lot about mental illness including depression and the coping mechanisms to get back on track.”
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