Jimmy Bartel is said to be now in a ‘long-term relationship’ with socialite Lauren Mand following the recent breakdown of his five-year marriage to wife Nadia.
And although the pair have yet to comment on the rumours, Daily Mail Australia can reveal that Lauren has actually been a WAG in the making for years.
From her passion for fashion to attending high-profile events in Melbourne, the blonde socialite’s life is eerily similar to the one Nadia has been living for years.
Revealed: How Jimmy Bartel’s rumoured new girlfriend Lauren Mand (left) has been a WAG in the making for years. Pictured right: Jimmy with his estranged wife Nadia Bartel
In November, Lauren turned heads at the Melbourne Cup Carnival’s Oaks Day in a thigh-skimming red dress.
A male friend joked how the ‘paparazzi’ couldn’t keep away from her as she arrived at Tabcorp’s marquee.
In another picture shared to social media, Lauren posed alongside her stylish girlfriends in the exclusive – and celebrity packed – Birdcage enclosure.
Nadia, who is a regular fixture at the Melbourne Cup Carnival, skipped out on last year’s festivities as she was giving birth to her second child with Jimmy.
‘No paparazzi’: In November, Lauren turned heads at the Melbourne Cup Carnival’s Oaks Day in a thigh-skimming red dress
Living the high life: In another picture shared to social media, Lauren posed alongside her stylish girlfriends in the exclusive – and celebrity packed – Birdcage enclosure
Seeing double: Although Nadia (centre) missed out on last year’s Oaks Day due to giving birth, her group of WAG friends are similar to Lauren and her glamorous crew
Before she recently moved to London, Lauren was often seen at trendy bars and parties across Melbourne.
Similar to beauty blogger Nadia, she also boasts connections in the fashion world and has endorsed various brands before.
In 2018, Omnia Australia, a red carpet rental boutique, proudly shared a picture of Lauren modeling their Maia dress at a party.
Local beauticians have also used Lauren for advertising on social media too.
Popular: Lauren, who is said to now be in a ‘long-term relationship with Jimmy’, was often seen at trendy bars and parties across Melbourne, before her recent move to the UK
Party girl: Lauren (left) is pictured here enjoying a night out with pals in 2014
Globetrotter: Lauren recently relocated from Melbourne to London
Besides partying and fashion, Lauren is known for her love of health and fitness.
Over the years, Victoria’s Platinum Physio has used pictures of Lauren working out and doing Pilates on Facebook to try and entice new clients.
Speaking to the Herald Sun on Tuesday, Nadia said that it had been a ‘difficult month’ for her amid her split from Jimmy and the rumours surrounding Lauren.
Trendsetter! Similar to beauty blogger Nadia, Lauren (pictured) also boasts connections in the fashion world and has endorsed various brands before
He’s got a type? Some of Lauren’s posts are similar to ones Nadia (pictured) has shared
Model: Over the years, Victoria’s Platinum Physio has used pictures of Lauren working out and doing Pilates on Facebook to try and entice new clients
Friends of the estranged couple have alleged that Jimmy, since his split, is now in a long-term relationship with Lauren.
‘My single focus now is to continue to protect, care and provide for my two beautiful boys as this is a personal matter.’
Moving on: Friends of the Bartels have alleged that Jimmy is now in a long-term relationship with Lauren, a British-based Australian socialite
Devastated: ‘Although I’m heartbroken, I don’t want to comment specifically on what’s been reported about Jim’s trip to the UK,’ Nadia told the Herald Sun this week. Pictured on Tuesday
On Friday, the Herald Sun first reported on Jimmy’s relationship with Lauren.
The publication further alleged that Nadia and Jimmy had separated ‘in early July and are not speaking to one another’.
Nadia was said to be ‘blindsided’ by the split.
Nadia and Jimmy first met in 2008 while attending the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix. The former Geelong Cats player proposed four years later in Mexico.
The couple then married in an elaborate wedding on the Bellarine Peninsula in 2014.
They share custody of two sons: three-year-old Aston and nine-month-old Henley.
Nadia and Jimmy share custody of two sons: three-year-old Aston and nine-month-old Henley
Meanwhile, the AFL WAG community is rallying behind Nadia following her split.
Several wives and girlfriends of footy players, including Rebecca Judd and Renée Enright, have expressed their support for Nadia on social media.
‘An amazing wife, mother, businesswoman and friend, who is as caring, loving and loyal as they come. She deserves the world. I adore you, Nadia,’ wrote Rebecca, who is married to retired Carlton captain Chris Judd.
Showing their support: Meanwhile, the AFL WAG community is rallying behind Nadia following her split from Jimmy. The estranged couple are pictured on June 2
Renée, who is the wife of Geelong Cats legend Corey Enright, also wrote: ‘She’s the most incredible mother, sister, daughter and friend.
‘I could not be more proud of your strength, my beautiful Nonna… Such a dignified response in what is such an awful time. Love you.’
Brit Davis, the fiancée of Geelong’s Joel Selwood, added: ‘[You are] the most beautiful person inside and out.’
Taking sides: Several wives and girlfriends of footy players, including R