Michael Clarke and his girlfriend Jade Yarbrough were pictured having a tense conversation at their holiday home in Noosa just two days before their wild park brawl.
The couple looked frosty and distant on January 8 as they spoke by the pool during their summer vacation, where they were joined by Today host Karl Stefanovic, his wife – and Yarbrough’s sister – Jasmine, as well as celebrity accountant Anthony Bell.
The photos suggest things were strained between Clarke, 41, and Yarbrough, 30, in the lead-up to their blazing late-night waterfront row on January 10.
During that confrontation, caught on camera by an onlooker, Yarbrough slapped her boyfriend’s face and accused him of cheating on her with his ex Pip Edwards.
Michael Clarke and his girlfriend Jade Yarbrough were pictured having a tense conversation at their holiday home in Noosa just two days before their wild park brawl
The couple looked frosty and distant on January 8 as they spoke by the pool during their summer vacation
But she was quick to turn her back to Clarke and push him away once she stood up
Their serious discussion seemed to last for hours as they went from relaxing on an outdoor couch together to heading into the shade to hash things out.
Both dressed in simple black outfits comprising T-shirts and shorts. They may have been crying, but their eyes were concealed behind sunglasses.
At one point, interior designer Yarbrough seemed upset as she grilled the former Australian cricket captain while he sat on a pool lounge.
As their conversation came to a close, Clarke helped Yarbrough to her feet
Their serious discussion seemed to last for hours as they went from relaxing on an outdoor couch together to heading into the shade to hash things out
Eventually, as their conversation came to a close, Clarke helped Yarbrough to her feet, but she was quick to turn her back and push him away once she stood up.
It comes after extraordinary footage emerged of Stefanovic embroiled in a late-night heated exchange with his good friend Clarke in front of shocked onlookers in a public park.
The Today show host, 48, and the retired cricketing great clashed while holidaying together with their respective partners, sisters Jasmine and Jade Yarbrough, in Noosa, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, on January 10.
At one point, interior designer Yarbrough seemed upset as she grilled the former Australian cricket captain while he sat on a pool lounge
The photos suggest things were strained between Clarke, 41, and Yarbrough, 30, in the lead-up to their blazing late-night row on January 10
All hell broke loose after Clarke, Stefanovic and their partners were having dinner at a beachside restaurant in Noosa with Bell.
It’s understood the melee was over Clarke’s ex-girlfriend, high-profile fashion designer Edwards, and recent text messages between the pair.
The dramatic footage obtained by The Daily Telegraph shows a shirtless Clarke being screamed at and slapped by his hysterical girlfriend as others in the group try to defuse the fracas.
‘I’m wrong? I’m f**king wrong! You’re a f**king liar. I can see everything. You called her,’ Jade screams.
It comes after Michael Clarke was involved in a late-night altercation with his girlfriend Jade Yarbrough before turning his fury on good mate and Jade’s brother-in-law Karl Stefanovic
Both dressed in simple black outfits comprising T-shirts and shorts. They may have been crying, but their eyes were concealed behind sunglasses
Clarke tries to reassure Yarbrough he didn’t cheat on her and swears on his young daughter Kelsey Lee’s life he was with Bell on the night in question last month.
‘Baby you’re wrong, you’re wrong,’ he insists.
‘Baby, baby, Belly was at the house. I swear on my life, I swear at my life… That’s not true, it’s not true.’
But Yarbrough doesn’t believe his protests and claims she spoke to Edwards.
‘You’re f**king lying to me. You are a piece of s**t. I just spoke to her. What is wrong with you?’ she screams.
Clarke replies: ‘It’s not true, it’s not true.’
Stefanovic’s wife Jasmine eventually steps in, grabs her distressed sister by the arm and walks her away.
‘Get away with Karl, go with Karl,’ Jasmine tells Clarke as he unleashes his fury on Stefanovic.
‘Karlos, I can tell you now c**t, don’t you f**king walk away. She can, she can punch me, but you, you c**t,’ Clarke says.
The fiery argument between Clarke and Yarbrough in a public park in Noosa was filmed by shocked onlookers. (They are pictured in Sydney in November)
This comment sparks fury from Jade, who defends her brother-in-law before slapping Clarke in the face.
‘You piece of s**t, don’t you f**king speak to him,’ she yells.
Bell is heard telling the couple to stop, which falls on deaf ears.
‘Go, hit me hit me… do it again, you’re wrong, you’re f**king wrong,’ Clarke tells his girlfriend.
Jade screams: ‘Oh am I wrong? You f**ked her [Edwards] on December 17, you f**ked her… you’re a f**king dog… I’m going to show her every f**king message you ever f**king sent me.’
She then makes reference to a text she saw on Clarke’s phone inviting Edwards to come to India with him.
‘Oh yeah, “You’re the love of my life Pip, come to India,”‘ Jade snarls.
Clarke responds: ‘Don’t ever talk to me again.’
Stefanovic and his wife Jasmine were forced to intervene in the ugly altercation
The two-minute clip ends with Jasmine and Bell separating the feuding couple.
‘Stop, Jade, stop,’ Jasmine pleads, to which Bell adds: ‘Let it go Jade.’
The ugly altercation unfolded in front of young children nearby, according to witnesses.
A remorseful Clarke has taken full responsibility for what happened.
‘I’m absolutely gutted I’ve put people I hold in the highest regard in this position. My actions in the lead-up to this altercation were nothing short of shameful and regrettable’ he said on Wednesday night.
‘I am shattered that because of my actions I’ve drawn women of class and integrity, and my mates, into this situation.’
His former partner Edwards distanced herself from the ‘debacle’ as she issued a brutal swipe at Clarke.
‘This is not my circus. Yet again, Michael in his true nature has not taken responsibility for his actions and I was blatantly lied to,’ Edwards said in a statement.
The altercation took place just one day after Clarke and Jade silenced recent break-up rumours when they packed on the PDA at Noosa’s Main Beach while on holidays.
A week earlier, Clarke had attended a New Year’s Day bash at Sydney’s Bondi Icebergs alone while Jade was on the other side of the world in Aspen, Colorado, with Jasmine and Karl.
The couple’s separate plans over Christmas and New Year’s sparked speculation the pair had called it quits following a short-lived romance.
Michael Clarke dated Pip Edwards (pictured in happier times) on and off for 18 months before ending things for good a year ago
Clarke’s relationship with his former partner Edwards began in June 2020, following his split from wife Kyly, which they had announced four months earlier.
He and Pip had been friends for more than a decade before that, but grew close while working on a fashion project together.
The couple called it quits in December 2021.
A source close to the pair confirmed the split, saying: ‘The decision was mutual. They’re two best friends who decided to part ways as a couple earlier this month, but continue their friendship.’
After their break-up, Pip had a fling with Bondi restaurateur Cameron Northway for about four months, but that fizzled out and she got back with Michael.
Michael and Pip recently attended the New Year’s Day bash at Sydney’s iconic Icebergs.
The batsman was married to former model Kyly Clarke (née Boldy), 40, from 2012 until 2019, but the couple didn’t announce their separation until February 2020.
The Clarkes had kept their separation quiet for several months before she put out a statement on Instagram saying their priority was their daughter.
In a statement at the time, the pair said the ‘amicable’ decision to separate was ‘the best course’ for their daughter.
Exes: Michael was married to model Kyly Clarke, 40, from 2012 until 2019, but they didn’t announce their separation until February 2020. They are pictured here with their daughter Kelsey Lee