Married at First Sight star Stacey Hampton has paid a heartbreaking tribute to her bikie ex and hailed the father of her two sons as an amazing dad with a heart of gold.
Senior Rebels boss Shane Smith, 38, was killed in a motorcycle crash in Adelaide’s north-east early Wednesday morning.
The father-of-four died at the scene, despite paramedics’ desperate attempts to revive him.
Ms Hampton, who appeared on season seven of MAFS in 2020 dated the Rebels’ Adelaide president from the age of 19 until their split in July 2017, a month before he was convicted of bashing two nightclub bouncers.
He was also the father of her two young boys Kruz and Kosta and had her name tattooed on his hand.
Ms Hampton has remained on good terms with her ex since their separation five years ago.
Married at First Sight star Stacey Hampton (right) has paid tribute to her ex Shane Smith
‘He is now at peace with his brother, mother and friends,’ Ms Hampton told Nine News.
‘He was an amazing father. He adored his children and his parents.
‘Our hearts are broken, and our lives will never be the same.
‘He had a heart of gold and adored his family and friends.’
Mr Smith described himself on his Facebook profile as a ‘straight up, loyal to those loyal to me, one club one life, family is everything.’
His tragic death takes South Australia’s 2022 road toll to 52 lives lost.
His distraught sister was among those who laid flowers at the scene in Redwood Park on Wednesday.
Mr Smith’s passenger on the back of his bike, a 45-year-old man, suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Rebels Adelaide president Shane Smith (left) was also a boxing trainer. He’s pictured with boxing great Danny Green
Shane Smith’s death in a motorcycle crash takes South Australia’s 2022 road toll to 52
The Rebels paid tribute to ‘another brother taken way too soon,’ just days after the sudden death of bikie enforcer Bradley Daniele in hospital.
‘Today marks another dark day for our club, were all in disbelief of the passing of our brother Shane 1%er,’ the club wrote.
‘Our sincerest condolences to our brothers in Adelaide, Shane’s immediate family especially his four beautiful children.
‘You will be greatly missed and Never forgotten. A REBEL FOREVER FOREVER A REBEL.’
It’s the latest tragedy to hit Ms Hampton, who also lost her brother in a separate motorbike accident in July 2015 and lost her father to suicide in 1995.
Married At First Sight’s controversial bride Stacey Hampton (right) was engaged to Rebels bikie boss Shane Michael Smith, 37, (left) with whom she shares two sons (one pictured)
Older brother Jaimie, who stepped up to raise Ms Hampton after their father took his own life, was killed in a motorcycle accident on the day she had been due to give birth.
Her mother Leanne fell apart at the loss of her only son and immediately moved in with her pregnant daughter, who eventually underwent an induced labour.
When Ms Hampton’s son was born a week after her 23-year-old brother died, she rang then-partner Shane in prison from her hospital bed and listened as he wept at the news.
In 2020, she defended her ex and urged society not to judge him on his criminal past.
‘He’s honestly the greatest person, and I think he’s ashamed of his past,’ she said in a magazine interview.
‘I met him when I was really young, 19, through mutual friends, and I wasn’t aware of his lifestyle, but I fell for him so quickly,’ she continued.
‘At the time, I didn’t realise he actually had charges from ages ago that had come up, assault charges.’
The former couple share sons Kruz and Kosta. Smith has Stacey and Kosta’s names tattooed on his hand
Proud parent Shane Smith poses with Kosta (left) and a newborn Kruz in 2017
Stacey, who is 11 years younger than her ex, said they’ll ‘always be each other’s kryptonite’.
‘Shane and I met very young, I fell hard and fast, and we will always be each other’s kryptonite,’ she says.
‘He was always very supportive, and I had terrible post-natal depression, which is my motivation behind my charity.
‘He took the kids when I was in no state to have them. I had to fix myself, and I was alone. He was great to me.
‘He still emotionally supports me and my decisions, helps me with relationship advice and also looks out for me and my children’s happiness.
‘We still share kids’ birthdays together and do lunches. We just can’t be together because we argue, and we both have a lot of damage from our past, which clashes.
‘It was a civil break-up. He’s an amazing dad and I have no regrets.’
In February 2019, heavily-tattooed Smith was convicted and fined $3,500 for assaulting two bouncers outside a nightclub in Bendigo on August 6, 2017
‘He still emotionally supports me and my decisions, helps me with relationship advice and also looks out for me and my children’s happiness,’ Stacey said of her former partner Shane Smith, pictured with their son Kruz
Ms Hampton shared her struggles with being a young mother while Smith was behind bars in a previous interview with Daily Mail Australia.
‘I fell pregnant at the age of 20 and gave birth at 21 when my partner was incarcerated,’ she says.
‘I had to get admitted to hospital with shingles from stress, and then I had Bell’s palsy with stress whilst heavily pregnant.’
Shane was killed in a motorbike crash in Adelaide’s north-east around 3am on Wednesday
One of many family photos on Smith’s social media shows the bikie leader in his Rebels colours as Stacey cradles Kosta during their time together.
‘That’s Stacey Hampton my wife,’ he wrote alongside two heart emojis when friends complimented his glamorous partner.
Smith also has Ms Hampton’s name tattooed on his hand along with Kosta’s name and birth date – January 25, 2016.
In February 2019, Smith was convicted and fined $3,500 for assaulting two bouncers outside a nightclub in Bendigo on August 6, 2017.
He narrowly avoided jail after a magistrate dismissed an affray charge because the savage beatings weren’t deemed to be evoking of terror in bystanders.