Grant Hackett told 60 Minutes on Channel Nine he wanted to end his marriage with Candice Alley, but she was "totally unharmed" the night he broke down and had a violent outburst in their family home. The interview drew mixed reactions from the audience. Some of them took to Twitter to shout out their insights.
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Grant Hackett told 60 Minutes on Channel Nine he wanted to end his marriage with Candice Alley. He rejected claims that he was an alcoholic.
"I just continued to push over furniture and make a mess," Hackett said. He recalled: "I was sobbing and then a policeman knocked on the door."
The interview did not elaborate Hackett's reasons for wanting to end his marriage. He had split with his wife after a drunken night at this year's Logies.
Alley reportedly asked her legal team to stop the broadcast of the 60 Minutes interview, but Nine did not comment on such news.
Although the former Olympic swimmer admitted he was drunk, he claimed he did not have alcohol problem.
"I don't blame the alcohol, I blame myself," he said.
News.com.au called the outburst, "The Incredible Sulk."
Herald Sun spoke to one of Hackett's friends who said the apartment trashing was "totally out of character."
"There's more to it that will come out. He hasn't had a chance to have his say yet. After he does he'll have a lot more support," the friend said.
Below is a mix of reactions on Twitter in relation to Grant Hackett's 60 Minutes' interview.
@Mel_Schlanger: Don't know what happened in Grant Hackett's personal life and don't want to. He is still a legend in my eyes and always will be! #60Mins
@JudeDonnelly: Grant Hackett clearly only did that interview because he was told to by his employer Ch 9. #60mins
@3AWNeilMitchell: Grant Hackett keeps saying smashing up his apartment was embarrassing. Far worse than that. Not sure he gets it
@Bromdog: Pull your head in Australia...Leave Grant Hackett alone. He is a man for doing that interview! #60Mins
@DennisCometti: Pitching new show to @channel9 where #GrantHackett trashes apartments + teams compete to fix up after. Called "Knock His Block Off" #60min
@bigghombre: There were some very shocking details in that grant Hackett story on 60mins but none more than his running style!!
@tomsteinfort: While I obviously don't know the details of what happened, I can say that Grant Hackett is one of the nicest people I've worked with #60mins
@lehmo23: News tonight that Black Caviar has suffered two muscle tears and severe bruising. I blame Grant Hackett #60mins
@ShaynnaBlaze: Sorry #granthackett but take responsibility for your rage & work on It privately instead if public sympathy @60Minutes9
@seanny202: Can't believe Grant Hackett has to explain himself to anyone. He's gutted, remorseful and had an off night under his own roof. Leave him be.
@Brocklesnitch: Grant Hackett doing a tell all interview on 60 Minutes against the wishes of his wife. Way to go, everyone involved.
@mrtonymartin: Grant Hackett to appear on '60 Minutes'. Memo insists 'all pianos to be removed from studio'.
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