Simone Callahan has spoken candidly about dealing with grief almost nine months after her ex-husband Shane Warne‘s tragic passing.
The Australian cricket legend died suddenly in March this year from a heart attack while on holiday in Koh Samui, Thailand. He was 52.
Speaking with the Herald Sun, Simone opened up about how her family is coping with the King of Spin’s loss and explained that she had a good relationship while co-parenting their three kids – Brooke, 25, Jackson, 23, and Summer, 21.
Simone Callahan (right) has spoken candidly about dealing with grief almost nine months after her ex-husband Shane Warne’s tragic passing. Pictured in February 1995
‘The grief that we’re dealing with, it’s still fresh and it’s fluid. It never goes away,’ she told the publication.
‘It’s hard because it’s something I never expected would happen.’
‘I never called myself a single parent or a single mum because I had Shane there,’ Simone added.
The yoga and wellness activist, 52, also said she’s finding it ‘complicated’ being a solo parent and the sole caretaker as Shane was ‘always there for the kids’.
Simone opened up about how her family is coping with the King of Spin’s loss and explained that she had a good relationship while co-parenting their three kids
‘We’re getting there and doing our best. The kids have got to keep living and moving forward,’ she added.
In September, Simone shared a touching video montage to celebrate what would have been Shane’s 53rd birthday.
The heartbreaking clip featured home movie scenes of their family life as well of loved-up photos of the pair taken in happier times.
‘Happy heavenly birthday Shane,’ Simone wrote in the caption. ‘We all miss you so much.’
Simone also said she’s finding it ‘complicated’ being the sole caretaker. Simone (second from left) is pictured with her three children in November 2012
Shane and Simone tied the knot in 1999 and were married for six years before divorcing in 2005
Shane and Simone tied the knot in 1999 and were married for six years before divorcing in 2005.
Shane died from a heart attack on March 4 while on holiday in Koh Samui, Thailand.
Thai police said that he was staying in the villa with four friends, and when one of the group tried to wake Shane for food at around 5pm local time he was found to be unresponsive.
Shane’s manager separately confirmed his death, saying that the father-of-three could not be revived.
Following his death, Channel Nine revealed they were in the production stages of a mini series about his life.
The two-part special tells a dramatised version of the Spin King’s remarkable sporting career and rise to fame, including his marriage to ex-wife Simone Callahan.
Shane’s eldest daughter Brooke previously called Nine’s announcement of a telemovie based on her father ‘beyond disrespectful’.
But it appears the family have since changed their tune and now support the series, with the 9Network and Screentime meeting with the Warne family during pre-production.
Following his death, Channel Nine revealed they were in the production stages of a mini series about his life. (Pictured: Shane Warne on July 13, 2004)
‘The 9Network looks forward to collaborating with the family as filming continues,’ Nine said in a statement.
The network has billed the production, titled Warnie, as a ‘must-see drama event’ that will be shown over two nights.
Shane Warne became a global star in 1993 by bowling out Mike Gatting with the so-called ‘Ball of the Century’ – his first ball in Ashes cricket.
The spin bowler went on to get 708 test wickets, tormenting teams all over the world, especially Australia’s great rival England.
Warne retired from Test cricket in 2007 as the most prolific wicket taker in Australian Test cricket history. In 145 Test matches he took 708 wickets at an average of just 25.41