SAS Australia star Candice Warner opens up on pain of media scrutiny over Sonny Bill Williams encounter


Former ironwoman Candice Warner has spoken of the extreme pain she carried over the past 13 years.

The wife of Test cricketer David Warner says finally being able to move on from her brief encounter with NRL player Sonny Bill Williams has been liberating.

“I was almost suicidal,” Warner says of the scandal when she was just 22.

“I went through a hell of a lot at such a young age. I got to the point where I literally couldn’t take it anymore.”

I was almost suicidal… I got to the point where I literally couldn’t take it anymore.

The two made national headlines in 2007 after being photographed in a toilet cubicle at Sydney’s Clovelly Hotel.

Warner has kept quiet on the incident since, opening up only now as a contestant on Channel Seven’s hit reality show SAS Australia.

“I don’t know if I would have gone through with the action but I felt like I had to get to that point to work out where my life was going,” she says.

Candice Warner.
Camera IconCandice Warner.

“I got to the point, do I take my life or do I just take a different path. I am very grateful that I took that other path and that is where I started to turn my life around.

“It was very tough at a young age to deal with that. People were cruel and very quick to judge; they made assumptions based off a photo.”

On Tuesday night, Warner and actor Firass Dirani were told to leave by SAS chief instructor Ant Middleton after being deemed the weakest links.

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“I was exhausted but I still think I had plenty to give,” Candice says, adding she also knows she has to respect the decision made by the SAS experts.

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