Now we know the real reason why AFL champion Dustin Martin was upset about being asked whether his girlfriend liked his new fashion clothing range.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal the Brownlow Medallist and Richmond Tigers hero has only recently broken up with glamorous Sydney food blogger and physiotherapist, Tania Acitelli.
Friends say the pair had been dating since December – the latest in a string of beautiful women that has caught the champ’s attention.
Martin has previously been linked to Phoebe Carpenter, who once dated rugby league star Mitch Pearce.
She was referred to by other WAGs in social posts as ‘Mrs M’.
Pictures of Martin relaxing at a backyard party and chillling out at lunch with friends give a rare glimpse inside the elite footballer’s private world.
And it would appear that Martin is keen to keep his personal life as far away from footy mad Melbourne as possible.
‘Dustin likes interstate romances,’ one source said.
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Food blogger and Sydney physiotherapist Tania Acitelli had been dating Dustin Martin up until recently
Sydney physiotherapist Tania Acitelli runs a successful food blog with more than 30,000 followers
Dustin Martin attended former teammate Tommy Hislop’s daughter’s first birthday party with his then girlfriend Tania Acitelli. Martin did not wish to discuss his love life this week
At the launch of his new Bonds range on Tuesday, Martin was asked by Daily Mail Australia ‘what his girlfriend thought of the new gear’.
Instead of laughing the question off, Martin gave the reporter a ‘death stare’ before his manager stepped in.
‘This is the real reason he was confused by (the) girlfriend question,’ the source said.
‘Tania came down to Melbourne and stayed with Dustin the weekend he was suspended from the AFL and she was the reason he didn’t go to visit his dad,’ it was claimed.
Tania Acitelli (right) at the birthday party she attended with Dustin Martin. The couple split about a month ago
Tania Acitelli in one of her many Instagram posts. She is a physio in Sydney and was linked to Dustin Martin
Tania Acitelli had been dating Dustin Martin since December. Martin is said to like ‘interstate romances’
Martin received a one-match suspension in round three and was fined $1500 over an off-the-ball strike on his GWS opponent Adam Kennedy. During the same match he was caught flipping the bird and making a snorting gesture.
‘He took Tania that weekend to former teammate Tommy Hislop’s daughter’s first birthday. After his GWS game debacle he stayed at Tania’s apartment in Sydney that she shares with former Big Brother contestant, Lisa Clark.’
Photos obtained by DMA show a relaxed Martin at Hislop’s party.
Ms Acitelli is pictured at the party alongside Martin.
The attractive blogger, who posts about her food exploits using a saucy Instagram handle, is also a successful physio at Pro Health Physio in Lane Cove, Sydney.
She was fully booked on Friday, but was seen heading back from a quick lunch break just before 12.30.
The part-time food blogger was wearing grey trousers with a white shirt, covered by a puffer jacket bearing the logo of her workplace.
She was carrying a burger and had her brow furrowed as she spoke to a friend on the phone.
When approached by Daily Mail Australia, Ms Acitelli appeared shocked before politely declining to comment.
Grabbing a bite: The attractive blogger, who posts about her food exploits using a saucy Instagram handle, is also a successful physio in Sydney
In March, it was reported Martin was dating model Chontelle Berryman. It was a rumour that both Martin and Berryman shot down in flames.
She has a little over 30,000 followers on Instagram, including Sydney Roosters star and captain, Jake Friend, and other prominent sports and media identities, including Martin.
‘Dustin is very full-on about his private life,’ the source said.
Martin’s manager Ralph Carr did not respond to a series of questions about the footballer’s dating life.
‘It is our firm policy that neither we or Dustin make comment on his private life,’ he said.
Martin is also believed to have previously dated Phoebe Carpenter, who is also the ex-girlfriend of Newcastle Knights halfback, Mitchell Pearce.
When Martin split with her, other WAGS took to Instagram saying they ‘miss our little Phoebe’.
Dustin Martin gathers the ball during a Richmond training session at the Swinburne Centre in Richmond on Friday
Dustin Martin looks relaxed among friends at a party for his mate’s one-year old daughter. He took his then girlfriend to the party
In March, it was reported Martin was dating model Chontelle Berryman.
It was a rumour that both Martin and Berryman shot down in flames.
If social media posts are anything to go by, Ms Carpenter and Martin were indeed smitten for at least a while.
Mitch Pearce’s ex-girlfriend Phoebe Carpenter was referred to as ‘Mrs M’ by her mates while the couple were together
Mitch Pearce’s ex-girlfriend Phoebe Carpenter and Dustin Martin in happier times. When the couple split he moved onto food blogger Tania Acitelli
Phoebe Carpenter had a brief relationship with Dustin Martin and was known as ‘Mrs M’ for a while
In one post, a friend at a Tigers match refers to her as ‘Mrs M’.
Martin was back where is most comfortable on Friday – pictured during a Richmond training session at the Swinburne Centre in Richmond.
When facing media this week, Martin cared only to discuss his line of fashion with underwear giant Bonds.
Martin said he had ‘always been into fashion’.
He ‘had a bit of fun’ with it, he said .
Post footy, Martin reckons he ‘definitely’ wanted to remain involved in the fashion business.
He spoke of his favourite label and his ‘joy’ at being involved with Bonds.
Stung with a final question, Martin revealed his favourite item was in fact the very hoodie he was wearing to the Bonds event.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Phoebe Carpenter for comment.
Ms Acitelli is a senior physiotherapist in Lane Cove, in Sydney’s lower north shore
She appeared shocked when approached by Daily Mail Australia on Friday and declined to comment