When designer Pip Edwards was unwittingly caught up in a media firestorm sparked by ex-boyfriend Michael Clarke’s notorious Noosa bust-up together with his then-girlfriend and At this time host Karl Stefanovic, she had help in probably the most unlikely of locations.
In a brand new interview with Stellar journal and its podcast One thing To Speak About, the P.E. Nation sportswear co-founder, 43, revealed that she had struck up an in depth – and sudden – friendship with former high-profile Liberal politician Julie Bishop, 67.
The pair first met when Bishop introduced Edwards with the Fashion Vanguard trophy on the InStyle Girl of the 12 months awards in 2019, rapidly forming a good bond.
It’s one which actually got here in useful lower than 4 years later, when Clarke was filmed in an unpleasant public scuffle whereas holidaying in Noosa together with his on-off girlfriend, Jade Yarbrough, and Stefanovic and his spouse, Jasmine.
Within the surprising viral footage, Yarbrough was heard screaming accusations that he’d cheated on her with Edwards.
“I feel I used to be abroad [when Noosa-gate happened] and I despatched a textual content [to Pip] saying: ‘I’m right here for you, babe’,” Bishop informed Stellar of her response to listening to the information.
“However I knew she was effective. I knew she was going to be robust and in a position to deal. However the stage of public scrutiny, I imply, the most important story in Australia? Please … Truthfully, simply put it
in context, folks.
“That individuals’s private, personal lives could make the entrance web page and even find yourself on the information. After 25 years within the public eye as a politician and past, I’m nonetheless astounded by what’s deemed information.”
Based on Edwards, the pair’s friendship stays stable resulting from its weak high quality.
“We’ve been burnt earlier than, so there’s all the time a little bit of a guard,” she defined.
“By no means had it with Julie. Ever … I’ve spent almost 25 years within the [fashion] business. After all, you form of develop up along with folks by the business, so there are friendships.
“However this one’s a bit completely different as a result of there’s no competitors. It’s relatable. It’s weak. And she will be able to whisper issues below her breath – she principally whispers what I’m considering.”
As for the truth that they arrive from completely different backgrounds, generations, and household conditions, Bishop insisted it’s “by no means been a problem.”
“I’ve by no means considered my life by the prism of getting youngsters or not having youngsters. My girlfriends have youngsters or don’t have youngsters. It’s not a defining subject for me, by no means has been. I love every little thing Pip does in elevating [her son] Justice and doing what she does and operating a enterprise. I get all of that, but it surely’s not one thing I’ve ever felt any sense of rigidity within the least.”
Edwards added that they often rejoice their achievements, specializing in the constructive points of their lives.
“My achievement as a single mom, raised a baby, run a enterprise, stood on my
personal two toes – they’re issues to speak about. And that’s what Julie talks about,” she stated. “That’s what our friendship’s based mostly on. That’s what offers the reduction from that, and it’s coming
from a lady that’s so necessary for me.”
Learn the total interview with Pip Edwards and Julie Bishop inside The Sunday Telegraph (NSW), Sunday Herald Solar (VIC), The Sunday Mail (QLD) and Sunday Mail (SA).