Lachlan Spark has quit social media after posting several personal messages criticising his ex-wife Lauren Phillips for being selfish during their short marriage.

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The scorned ex lashed out at Phillips, a respected Channel Nine television journalist, several times in the past week, blasting her lifestyle and revealing he’d suggested she ‘lose weight’ to help make the marriage work.

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He last commented on the pitfalls of their marriage just two days ago – but on Sunday admitted he regretted speaking of Phillips and ‘let his ego get in the way’.

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‘It was incredibly naive and stupid of me to say anything about my experience,’ he told the Herald Sun.

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Lachlan Spark has quit social media after posting several personal messages criticising his TV journalist ex-wife Lauren Phillips for being selfish during their short marriage

Lachlan Spark has quit social media after posting several personal messages criticising his TV journalist ex-wife Lauren Phillips for being selfish during their short marriage 

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He's smitten: Lachlan said he'd met his new girlfriend Courtney by 'sheer, dumb luck', adding: 'She knows how to love me like I've never been loved before... I love you'

He’s smitten: Lachlan said he’d met his new girlfriend Courtney by ‘sheer, dumb luck’, adding: ‘She knows how to love me like I’ve never been loved before… I love you’

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‘I deserve all the criticism I’ve copped and I regret the hurt I’ve caused. Back to anonymity for this fool.’

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Following the statement, Spark deactivated his Instagram page and hasn’t indicated when he will return to social media.  

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In a shock Instagram post debuting his new girlfriend Courtney Wynbergen last week, Spark said he’d been seeking more substance from a partner since separating from Phillips. 

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In the scathing assessment of his marriage, he accused Lauren of ‘caring more about herself’ during their relationship. 

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‘A while ago, I married a girl who cared much more about herself and how she was perceived than she did about me. 

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Anything but amicable: Lachlan Spark hit headlines this week after posting an eyebrow-raising online attack against his ex-wife of one year, Lauren Phillips. Both pictured in 2014

Anything but amicable: Lachlan Spark hit headlines this week after posting an eyebrow-raising online attack against his ex-wife of one year, Lauren Phillips. Both pictured in 2014

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All over: Lachlan and Lauren wed in 2017 after six years of dating, but confirmed their split in December 2018 after just a year of marriage. In happier times: Lauren Phillips marries Lachlan Spark

All over: Lachlan and Lauren wed in 2017 after six years of dating, but confirmed their split in December 2018 after just a year of marriage. In happier times: Lauren Phillips marries Lachlan Spark

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‘I truly believed there was more to a relationship (and life) than skin-deep friends, free holidays and Instagram followers – I just needed to find it. 

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‘Approaching 40, I was more than a bit nervous I’d wasted a big chunk of my life with the wrong person, and that I was long odds to find anyone who was willing (or able) to give me the love I knew I deserved.’ 

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But Spark has since changed his tune.

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On Sunday, he said: ‘I’ve been very careful to not speak badly about Lauren since we split because despite what we’ve been through, she’s a good person. 

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‘I foolishly let my emotions and my ego get in the way of my better judgment.’

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Spark, who runs his own creative agency, went on to admit he’d suggested Phillips ‘lose weight’ in a follow up interview. 

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He said it wasn’t so much a list of demands as a ‘framework of changes’ where he asked his then 39-year-old partner to be more active.   

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On Sunday, he said: 'I've been very careful to not speak badly about Lauren since we split because despite what we've been through, she's a good person

On Sunday, he said: ‘I’ve been very careful to not speak badly about Lauren since we split because despite what we’ve been through, she’s a good person

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‘I said for it to work some changes had to be made,’ the Antarctica marathon runner told the publication, before slamming claims he’d ever asked her to ‘lose weight’. 

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‘Help out around the house, lift a little bit, I told her, and I regret framing it the way I did, but I said I’m more attracted to people when they are active because I’m an active person. 

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‘I could have stuck around for 20 years, but it would have all been on Lauren’s terms. Her terms are fine if you are happy with that lifestyle,’ he added. 

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Daily Mail Australia has contacted Phillips for further comment. 

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The Weekend Today presenter has maintained a dignified silence since her marriage was thrust into the spotlight this week. 

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New flame: His blistering statement came as he debuted his new girlfriend, Courtney Wynbergen, (pictured) who he said had 'changed his world'

New flame: His blistering statement came as he debuted his new girlfriend, Courtney Wynbergen, (pictured) who he said had ‘changed his world’

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He last commented on the pitfalls of marriage just two days ago - but on Sunday Spark admitted he regretted speaking of Phillips and 'let his ego get in the way'

He last commented on the pitfalls of marriage just two days ago – but on Sunday Spark admitted he regretted speaking of Phillips and ‘let his ego get in the way’

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The couple married in 2017 after six years of dating, but confirmed their split just 12 months later. 

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The family home the couple purchased in Melbourne with intentions of starting a family will hit the market next month for $1.3million. 

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Both Spark and Phillips have since moved on, with the latter said to be dating multi-millionaire jet tycoon Paul O’Brien, who happens to be the ex-boyfriend of Sunrise host Sam Armytage. 

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Meanwhile Sparks revealed he met Wynbergen by ‘sheer, dumb luck’.

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‘I ran into this girl and my world changed,’ he wrote online when debuting their relationship.

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He went on to call Wynbergen a ‘fighter’, ‘loyal’ and ‘utterly magnificent’, then added: ‘She knows how to love me like I’ve never been loved before… I love you.’ 

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New man: Lauren is now believed to be dating multi-millionaire jet tycoon Paul O'Brien, who happens to be the ex-boyfriend of Sunrise host Sam Armytage

New man: Lauren is now believed to be dating multi-millionaire jet tycoon Paul O’Brien, who happens to be the ex-boyfriend of Sunrise host Sam Armytage

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