Jessica Marais is pictured with daughter Scout for the first time in almost three years


Jessica Marais has been pictured with her daughter Scout for the first time since May 2020.

The former Packed to the Rafters star, 37, cuddled up to Scout, 10, in a photo shared on Instagram last Tuesday as they attended a family gathering with Jessica’s ex-fiancé and Scout’s father James Stewart, 47, and his wife Sarah Roberts, 38.

Proving that all is well between the blended family, Jessica beamed as she wrapped  her arms wrapped around Scout and her ex-partner’s new flame Sarah.

Troubled actress Jessica Marais, 37, was pictured with daughter Scout, 10, for the first time in almost three years as she attended  blended family gathering with her ex James Stewart, 47, and his new wife Sarah Roberts, 38, last Tuesday (all pictured)  

Also spotted in the crowd was Jessica’s sister Clara Marais, as well as Clara’s partner and young children. 

‘Family,’ James simply captioned the sweet image. 

Fans were thrilled to see James and Jessica’s amicable relationship, with one commenting: ‘I love when both parents make it work for their kids. Beautiful to see Jess with everyone’. 

Proving that all is well between the blended family, Jessica beamed as posed with her arms wrapped around Scout and her ex-partner's new flame Sarah. Pictured side-by-side L-R: James, Sarah, Jessica, Scout

Proving that all is well between the blended family, Jessica beamed as posed with her arms wrapped around Scout and her ex-partner’s new flame Sarah. Pictured side-by-side L-R: James, Sarah, Jessica, Scout 

They were last photographed together in May 2020 during an emotional reunion, a week after the troubled actress was hospitalised after being called to her home for a welfare check. Pictured: The emotional reunion

They were last photographed together in May 2020 during an emotional reunion, a week after the troubled actress was hospitalised after being called to her home for a welfare check. Pictured: The emotional reunion 

‘I’ve been wondering how Jess is doing. How wonderful to see everyone together. A beautiful, big family!’ another added. 

The heartwarming photo marks the first time Jessica has been pictured in public with Scout in almost three years. 

They were last photographed in May 2020 during an emotional reunion, a week after the troubled actress was hospitalised after being called to her home for a welfare check. 

James dated Jessica from 2010 to 2015 and they welcomed Scout in May 2012. Pictured together on December 15, 2010 in Sydney

James dated Jessica from 2010 to 2015 and they welcomed Scout in May 2012. Pictured together on December 15, 2010 in Sydney

James married to fellow Home And Away star Sarah in 2019. The couple are pictured together earlier this month

James married to fellow Home And Away star Sarah in 2019. The couple are pictured together earlier this month 

Photos show the Wrong Girl star wrapping her arms around Scout, who had brought her a colourful handmade card as a Mother’s Day gift.

The emotional moment took place outside Jessica’s home in Coogee, Sydney.

She smiled while looking at the card, which featured the message ‘I [heart] you’ with ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ inside the heart. 

Just one week earlier, emergency crews had been called to Jessica's eastern suburbs home on a welfare check. Pictured: Jessica attending the 2018 Logie Awards

Just one week earlier, emergency crews had been called to Jessica’s eastern suburbs home on a welfare check. Pictured: Jessica attending the 2018 Logie Awards 

A timeline of Jessica Marais’ personal struggles 

1994: Watches her father, university dean Tony Marais, die of a heart attack at age nine 

2014: Speaks for the first time about her struggles with bipolar disorder in an interview with The Australian Women’s Weekly 

2015: Jessica splits from partner James Stewart after six tumultuous years together  

June 2018: Pulls out of the Logie Awards because she is receiving treatment for ‘urgent’ issues at The Health Clinic, a mental health facility in Bronte

September 2018: Pulls out of Channel Nine show Bad Mothers a month before it is scheduled to begin filming 

2019: Pulls out of Halifax: Retribution, a reboot of ’90s drama Halifax f.p.

February 2020: Announces she’s stepping away from Back to the Rafters for ‘personal reasons’

May 2020: Sparks concern when emergency crews are called to her home in Sydney’s east for a welfare check 

August 2020: Jessica’s mother Karen passes away

James, who dated Jessica from 2010 to 2015, meanwhile watched on from afar.

Just one week earlier, emergency crews had been called to Jessica’s eastern suburbs home on a welfare check. 

Three officers were seen ringing Jessica’s doorbell at about midday, before two male paramedics entered the building.

Minutes later, Jessica emerged wearing black leggings and a grey cardigan as she slowly stepped down the stairs with the assistance of the paramedics.

She was walked to an ambulance where she was put on a gurney and taken to the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick. 

A witness told Daily Mail Australia she was not wearing any shoes, her hair was a ‘dishevelled mess’ and she was in a ‘visibly distressed state’.

Jessica and James, who met on the set of Packed to the Rafters in 2007, have been co-parenting Scout since their split in 2015.

James went on to marry fellow Home And Away star Sarah in 2019.  

Jessica has had a difficult few years.

The mother of one, who suffers from bipolar disorder, was unable to attend the Logie Awards in July 2018 because she was receiving treatment for ‘urgent’ issues at The Health Clinic, a mental health facility in Bronte.

While in treatment, she attended daily counselling sessions and had access to nurses, psychiatrists and psychologists. 

Jessica reportedly followed a detox and inner health program, with inpatient programs averaging $25,000 for a month.

In September 2018, the South African-born star announced she was pulling out of Channel Nine show Bad Mothers a month before it was scheduled to begin filming.

‘Jessica has decided to step away from acting for the remainder of 2018 to focus on her health and spend time with her family,’ her manager said at the time. 

The mother of one, who suffers from bipolar disorder, was unable to attend the Logie Awards in July 2018 because she was receiving treatment for 'urgent' issues at The Health Clinic, a mental health facility in Bronte. Pictured: Jessica posing with her award for Best Actor at the 2016 Logie Awards

The mother of one, who suffers from bipolar disorder, was unable to attend the Logie Awards in July 2018 because she was receiving treatment for ‘urgent’ issues at The Health Clinic, a mental health facility in Bronte. Pictured: Jessica posing with her award for Best Actor at the 2016 Logie Awards 

In July 2019, it was announced that Jessica would return to screens in Halifax: Retribution, a reboot of ’90s drama Halifax f.p., starring alongside Rebecca Gibney and Anthony LaPaglia.

However, two months later reports claimed she had pulled out of the series.

Then in February 2020, Jessica shocked fans by announcing she would be stepping away from the highly anticipated Back to the Rafters for ‘personal reasons’. 

Jessica now works as a waitress at a cafe in Sydney. 

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in February 2020, Jessica shocked fans by announcing she would be stepping away from the highly anticipated Back to the Rafters for 'personal reasons'

in February 2020, Jessica shocked fans by announcing she would be stepping away from the highly anticipated Back to the Rafters for ‘personal reasons’

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