Phoebe Burgess says she was 'furious' after learning of ex-husband Sam's drug charge


Phoebe Burgess has revealed she was ‘f**king furious’ after learning her ex-husband Sam had traces of cocaine in his system while en-route to pick up their children Poppy, four, and Billy, two, earlier this year.

Retired NRL star Sam, 32, avoided a conviction after pleading guilty to three driving charges in May following a February 22 police traffic stop where he tested positive for cocaine.

Phoebe, 32, discussed the incident for the first time on Thursday’s No Filter podcast, telling host Mia Freedman it ‘broke a lot of trust in someone who the father of my children’. 

Angry: Phoebe Burgess has revealed she was 'f**king furious' after learning her ex-husband Sam had traces of cocaine in his system while en-route to pick up their two children Poppy, four, and Billy, two, earlier this year. Pictured: The couple in happier times

Angry: Phoebe Burgess has revealed she was ‘f**king furious’ after learning her ex-husband Sam had traces of cocaine in his system while en-route to pick up their two children Poppy, four, and Billy, two, earlier this year. Pictured: The couple in happier times 

‘That’s the first time that I have ever been f**king furious,’ she said. ‘I was really angry. This was something I had absolutely no ability to control…’

‘I was furious. I was furious at the people around him – I didn’t understand how someone could get into that position.

‘The first thing I said is, “Who the f**k is looking after him? What is going on?”‘

Freedman, surprised by her revelation, responded: ‘Just listen to what you just said – who is looking after this grown man.’

Court: In May, retired NRL star Sam, 32, avoided a conviction after pleading guilty to three driving charges following a February 22 police traffic stop where he tested positive for cocaine. Pictured at Moss Vale Local Court on May 4

Court: In May, retired NRL star Sam, 32, avoided a conviction after pleading guilty to three driving charges following a February 22 police traffic stop where he tested positive for cocaine. Pictured at Moss Vale Local Court on May 4

But the mum-of-two calmly replied: ‘It takes a lot of work to break things that tie you to someone or something.

‘There were a lot of turning points, and that was another turning point that for me broke a lot of trust and a lot of faith in someone who is the father of my children.

‘It broke a lot inside of me. And the biggest thing I think that I’ve spoken about, is mutual respect and having trust. 

‘That goes beyond marriage when you share children.’

Sam Burgess was pulled over at Braemar while on his way to collect daughter Poppy and son Billy from Bowral, about 8km away, in February where he failed a roadside drug test.

Incident: Sam had been on his way to collect four-year-old daughter Poppy and two-year-old son Billy from Bowral when police stopped his BMW X5 on the Hume Highway at Braemar

Incident: Sam had been on his way to collect four-year-old daughter Poppy and two-year-old son Billy from Bowral when police stopped his BMW X5 on the Hume Highway at Braemar

A preliminary test detected signs of cocaine in his saliva and Burgess was taken to Southern Highlands police station where a secondary oral fluid test was undertaken.

That test returned positive to cocaine.

The ex-South Sydney Rabbitohs player was also charged with driving an unregistered BMW X5 without a valid NSW drivers licence.

Sam avoided conviction in May. However, he was was ordered to pay $1,162 in fines, was placed on a good behaviour bond for nine months and was asked to complete a traffic offenders program.

Magistrate Mark Douglass said in Moss Vale Local Court that Burgess had shown remorse, contrition and insight into his behaviour.

Mr Douglass said Burgess had undergone a ‘very arduous and rigorous’ four-week residential rehabilitation program after his offending.

Reality TV appearance: Sam had confessed to several indiscretions during his grilling on SAS Australia this year, including that he'd slept with a woman from Melbourne in 2017 behind Phoebe's back

Reality TV appearance: Sam had confessed to several indiscretions during his grilling on SAS Australia this year, including that he’d slept with a woman from Melbourne in 2017 behind Phoebe’s back

That program did relate specifically to drugs.

Sam had confessed to several indiscretions during his grilling on SAS Australia this year, including that he’d slept with a woman from Melbourne in 2017 behind Phoebe’s back.

‘I embarrassed my wife. I’d had an affair with a girl, a woman in Melbourne. That’s true,’ he said.

‘I turned to drinking, taking drugs – I thought I could manage that. Then got pulled [up on a] DUI with drugs in my system, which was all over the press again, which stopped me seeing my kids again. I just checked myself into rehab.’

Sam and Phoebe were married for four years before splitting for good in 2019. 

Split: Sam and Phoebe were married for four years before splitting for good in 2019

Split: Sam and Phoebe were married for four years before splitting for good in 2019

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