Richmond’s three-time premiership winning coach Damien Hardwick was pictured walking through Melbourne with his girlfriend Alexandra Crow on Sunday
Richmond’s three-time premiership coach Damien Hardwick has been pictured with his new girlfriend after his wife slammed her ‘selfish’ ex-husband and the AFL’s toxic culture.
Hardwick, 48, and Alexandra Crow were spotted walking in Melbourne on Sunday morning after watching Melbourne win its first flag in 57 years.
The Tigers coach started dating Crow, who is in her 30s, at the end of last year after it emerged his 25-year marriage with his wife, Danielle, was over.
Hardwick met Crow while she was working for Richmond’s commercial sales team. It’s believed the relationship started in the Queensland hub during last year’s finals campaign.
The pair were seen enjoying sunshine, and stopping to speak to a friend walking their dog.
The pictures come after Danielle broke her silence on their marriage breakdown after spending more than two decades together and raising three children.
‘I am Ms Hardwick now, I am not Mrs Hardwick anymore,’ she told Melbourne ABC radio on Saturday.
‘I am doing my best to remain dignified, so how I am feeling is still a lot of mixed emotions for sure. There has been a serious grief process for myself and my gorgeous adult children and the grief is real.’
The Tigers coach started dating Crow, who is in her 30s, at the end of last year after it emerged his 25-year marriage with former wife Danielle came to an end
The pair were seen walking through Melbourne’s sunshine on Sunday morning, stopping to speak to a friend walking their dog
Damien Hardwick’s ex-wife has claimed she has moved on after the couple’s shock split – even though she intends to keep her former husband’s surname (pictured, Damien and Danielle Hardwick in 2017)
Danielle’s separation from Hardwick became public in December and a month later, their split made more headlines when it was revealed Hardwick had struck up a relationship with Crow.
Ms Hardwick admitted she was still coming to terms with the separation months on from the incident.
‘I guess when you plan a life with your best friend, your partner who you’ve spent your whole adult life with… there’s a definite loss when that’s not there anymore. So I’m on my way to being, well, OK, for sure,’ she said.
‘There’s certainly been every raw emotion that comes with this situation, but we all have a choice about how we will respond to these and I wanted to respond with dignity and respect my children.’
Hardwick and Crow walk through Melbourne on Sunday morning after it emerged the pair had began dating after meeting while Crow was working for Richmond’s sales team
Hardwick wore jeans and a white jumper while Crow was pictured in trackies and a striped polo shirt
While the pair were still married, Hardwick affectionately referred to Danielle as ‘Mrs Hardwick’ during his press conferences.
Danielle said the pair were the ultimate team and that she would keep the last name as it had become a part of her.
‘It (the surname) felt a bit of a negative connotation for me over the last part but ultimately it’s my identity and it has been my whole adult life, so I tried to turn what felt like a negative into a positive.
‘I am Ms Hardwick now, I am not Mrs Hardwick anymore and it is a family name so we are going to continue to embrace it.’
Danielle said she believed Hardwick was working in a ‘selfish’ football environment.
‘It is an old school environment, there is not really any way around it,’ she said.
Hardwick’s ex-wife Danielle slammed the footy legend last week as ‘selfish’ and lamented the toxic culture surrounding the AFL
Danielle admitted she was still coming to terms with the separation months on from the incident (pictured, Hardwick and Danielle are pictured at a birthday celebration)
‘Everyone is trying to evolve and that is wonderful, but it is male dominated and the life of a footballer and the life of a coach, for want of a better word, can become a very selfish existence.
‘Because it is a demanding role and you are watching over the welfare of many, many young men so it does feel very important.’
In January, Danielle made an explicit social media post that read:’F**k every single person that took advantage of your kindness and mistook it for weakness.’
The message came as details of her husband’s new relationship became public.
Crow had been spotted with Hardwick in the lead-up to Christmas, drinking openly with him at a busy Melbourne rooftop pub.
One witness told Daily Mail Australia the pair did not appear to be having a good time.
Hardwick measures a fence out the front of a house on Sunday morning with new girlfriend Alexandra Crow
Danielle broke her silence on the marriage breakdown with the Richmond coach after spending 25 years together and raising three children
Damien Hardwick and wife Danielle have three children together. He is now dating another woman
‘They seemed stressed. Unhappy. But we instantly noticed it was Hardwick with someone who wasn’t his wife,’ the source said.
Hardwick’s relationship with the young Richmond staffer allegedly developed while the pair were caged inside the Queensland hub.
The hub, introduced so the competition could continue during the pandemic, was blamed for putting pressure on families.
Hardwick (pictured, left) with Dustin Martin (right) in September after the AFL Grand Final
Hardwick’s relationship with the young Richmond staffer allegedly developed while the pair were caged inside the Queensland hub
Ms Hardwick’s first post in January was supported by several friends and fans who offered their condolences at her private life being played out so publicly.
She spent Christmas with the family of Tigers captain Trent Cotchin, and is ‘well loved’ within the club.
Cotchin’s wife Brooke has publicly supported Ms Hardwick, sharing a photograph of her holding her son Parker with the words ‘strength, courage and dignity’ in the frame.