The Block’s Darren Jolly shares a troubling Instagram post about his family situation – amid bitter legal stoush and custody battle with his estranged wife Deanne
The Block’s Darren Jolly claims he hasn’t been in contact with his two daughters, Scarlett and Lily, since splitting from his wife, Deanne, in September 2019.
And on Wednesday, the former AFL star, 38, shared a troubling Instagram post about his family situation amid his bitter legal stoush with his estranged wife.
‘It’s astonishing the amount of messages I’ve received from fathers in the same situation as me. So extremely sad,’ he captioned the post.
Legal battle: The Block’s Darren Jolly (pictured) has shared a troubling post about his family situation amid his bitter legal stoush and custody battle with his estranged wife Deanne
Daily Mail Australia cannot reveal the contents of the post for legal reasons.
It comes after Darren revealed he hadn’t spent time with his daughters during Melbourne’s coronavirus lockdown or since his separation from their mother.
There were concerns over his wellbeing on October 26 when the father of two shared a worrying tribute to his girls and admitted he couldn’t ‘go on much longer’.
Darren and Deanne announced their split in September 2019 after 15 years of marriage.
Post: The 38-year-old shared a cryptic Instagram post and wrote: ‘It’s astonishing the amount of messages I’ve received from fathers in the same situation as me. So extremely sad’. Pictured with his two daughters
They were popular contestants on Channel Nine’s renovation series The Block, appearing twice in 2014 and 2015, and winning the latter season.
Darren has made no secret of his battle with mental illness since the split.
In February, he spoke candidly at Collingwood’s annual general meeting about his business troubles and the breakdown of his marriage.
‘Spending three weeks in a mental facility to deal with depression. Leaving my 15-year marriage because I fell out of love and wanted a happier life,’ he said.
Separated: It comes after Jolly revealed he hadn’t spent much time with his daughters, during Melbourne’s coronavirus lockdown or since his separation from their mother
He told his former teammates his mental health became so bad around that time that he ‘almost did something stupid and ended [his] life’.
‘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 confessed.
At the depths of his struggle, Darren admitted himself to hospital and described it as the ‘best thing [he] could have done’.
Over: Darren and Deanne announced their split in September 2019 after 15 years of marriage