, 2023-01-20 02:30:00,
A source close to the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that Bell and Clarke’s relationship had emerged strongly intact after they found themselves at the centre of a media storm this week.
“There are no problems as a result of what happened,” the source said.
The source added that Clarke was accustomed to confrontations on and off the cricket pitch and was coping with the fallout from the scandal.
“He’s strong, he’ll be OK,” they said.
Bell and Clarke go back at least 15 years when the pair were first spotted toasting Christmas drinks aboard Bell’s 80-foot luxury yacht, Stealth, which would later end up at the bottom of Sydney Harbour after it sunk near Rose Bay.
A business client-turned-best mate, Clarke purchased a three-bedroom apartment from Bell on Bondi’s famous Campbell Parade for $6 million in 2009.
Bell played MC at Clarke’s lavish engagement party to Lara Bingle and was a shoulder for Clarke to cry on when the relationship unravelled.
Clarke returned the favour when Bell’s marriage to TV presenter wife Kelly Landry ended in an ugly courtroom showdown.
Clarke also accompanied Bell, an avid sailor, on board his supermaxi Perpetual Loyal when it was forced to turn back amid wild seas in the 2015 Sydney to Hobart Yacht race.
The friendship circle later widened to include the likes of television presenters Larry Emdur and Stefanovic, as well…
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