Phoebe Burgess celebrates son’s birthday without Sam after break-up

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Pulling off a chic birthday celebration can be hard at the best of times, but Phoebe Burgess managed to make even a toddler’s party look like something out of a magazine.

Yesterday the journalist held a lavish outdoor picnic for son Billy, who she shares with estranged husband and former Rabbitohs player Sam Burgess.

Phoebe wore a maxi dress and oversized sunglasses at blue-themed do, with the rest of the party’s guests also sticking to the colour scheme.

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Phoebe shared photos from the day on Instagram. Picture: Instagram / Phoebe Burgess
media_cameraPhoebe shared photos from the day on Instagram. Picture: Instagram / Phoebe Burgess
The journalist wore a blue maxi dress. Picture: Instagram / Phoebe Burgess
media_cameraThe journalist wore a blue maxi dress. Picture: Instagram / Phoebe Burgess

The guest of honour – Billy – wore an adorable sailboat-printed polo shirt and a monogrammed crown with the words “Big Billy” emblazoned across the front.

The party appeared to be held at Phoebe’s parents’ Bowral property, where the journalist has been living with children Billy and Poppy, two, since her and Sam split in October.

Photos shared by Phoebe to Instagram showed the outdoor party was decorated with pretty cushions and picnic rugs as well as balloons that featured a “B” and “1”.

Billy was particularly taken with a special guest at the party. Picture: Instagram / Phoebe Burgess
media_cameraBilly was particularly taken with a special guest at the party. Picture: Instagram / Phoebe Burgess
The celebration was adorned with pretty rugs and cushions as well as balloons. Picture: Instagram / Phoebe Burgess
media_cameraThe celebration was adorned with pretty rugs and cushions as well as balloons. Picture: Instagram / Phoebe Burgess

Billy looked the picture of happiness as he mingled with other kids at the party, at one point getting up close with a miniature horse as his grandmother, Sarah Hooke, doted on the tot.

Mum Phoebe was front and centre of the celebrations, smiling on adoringly as Billy inspected his birthday cake.

Noticeably, Sam doesn’t appear in any photos of the celebration.

However today he posted a cute series of photos with his son marking his milestone birthday.

“Happy 1st birthday Son. Can’t wait for many more together. Love you Xx,” the ex-NRL star captioned the post.

Sam shared a sweet post celebrating his son’s birthday on Monday. Picture: Instagram / Sam Burgess
media_cameraSam shared a sweet post celebrating his son’s birthday on Monday. Picture: Instagram / Sam Burgess
Billy is the spitting image of his sports star father. Picture: Instagram / Sam Burgess
media_cameraBilly is the spitting image of his sports star father. Picture: Instagram / Sam Burgess

Phoebe and Sam briefly split early this year after the then NRL player became embroiled in a sexting scandal at his club in late 2018, for which he was later cleared of any wrongdoing.

But by Easter the couple had reunited, with Phoebe telling Stellar in April: “I’ve always believed that in the end, love conquers all.”

However, in the following months Sam made fewer and fewer appearances on Phoebe’s Instagram account, and she moved out of their shared Maroubra home in October.

While the couple are yet to publicly comment on their split, it has continued to make headlines with Sam charged with intimidation over an alleged altercation with Phoebe’s father Mitchell Hooke.

Sam and Phoebe were one of the NRL’s power couples. Picture: Ryan Pierse / Getty Images.
media_cameraSam and Phoebe were one of the NRL’s power couples. Picture: Ryan Pierse / Getty Images.

An argument allegedly broke out during a prearranged visit by Sam to see his children, with the sports star now prevented from coming within one kilometre of the Hooke family property.

Sam has also been linked to several women since splitting from Phoebe, includingMarried At First Sight star Jessika Power, who he reportedly exchanged texts with, and American waitress Oak Schuetz.

Phoebe and Sam met at a music concert in January 2015, marrying in December the following year at Phoebe’s family property.

Originally published as Telling sign in Phoebe’s latest Instagram post

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