Intimate Slack messages expose another affair in Sydney's social set

Intimate Slack messages expose another affair in Sydney's social set

COVID has seen the eastern suburbs set swap glamorous parties for marriage breakdowns this year. Emerald City revealed in May that Double Bay eyebrow queen Kristin Fisher had been caught cheating with her hairdresser Tom Cole.

Juliet Schiff is embroiled in an extramarital affair with her best friend's husband.

Juliet Schiff is embroiled in an extramarital affair with her best friend's husband.Credit:instagram

Now we hear that an extramarital affair between Double Bay boutique owner Juliet Schiff and her best friend's husband, Rowan Rundle, has been exposed.

Emerald City is told the pair, who work together at Schiff's monogramming shop The Monogram Mode, have been in a months-long relationship.

Friends of the respective couples say the affair came to light when Rundle's wife Gemma (who gave birth to their first child only four months ago) discovered intimate exchanges between her husband and her former best friend on Slack messenger.


Schiff, a mother of two who previously worked in real estate in Beverly Hills and even appeared on Million Dollar Listing in the US, has fled Sydney for Byron Bay where friends suspect she is riding out the storm of her marriage breakdown and longtime friendship.

Schiff's Texan financier husband, Denham, is understood to be residing in the couple's eastern suburbs home with their two daughters. His parents are currently doing two weeks in hotel quarantine here after travelling from the US to support their son. Guests at the couple's 2016 Aspen wedding would never have anticipated the messy breakup that would ensue.

Still reeling from the betrayal within the tight-knit friendship circle, friends told Emerald City they suspect Schiff and Rundle will continue their romance now it is public knowledge. Schiff did not respond to requests for comment.

Rusty scores an ace with new lover

It was a case of game, set and kiss for Russell Crowe and his new love interest, Britney Theriot, at Rushcutters Bay tennis courts last week. The usually private Gladiator star made no secret of his budding romance with the American 26 years his junior as the pair kissed and cuddled like loved-up teenagers between shots.

Russell Crowe's girlfriend Britney Theriot enjoyed her visit to Australia Zoo.

Russell Crowe's girlfriend Britney Theriot enjoyed her visit to Australia Zoo.Credit:Instagram

A witness to the couple's amorous antics told Emerald City there was very little actual tennis playing.

"It was very obvious they were a couple, they could hardly keep their hands off each other," the source said, who shared a brief exchange with Theriot. The bubbly 30-year-old revealed her US family are thrilled she has relocated to Australia amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

The Louisiana-based real estate agent and actor is understood to have met Crowe on the set of his 2013 movie Broken City in which she played a minor role.

Since arriving in Australia in February, Theriot has enjoyed trips to Crowe's Nana Glen estate, posting photos from the mid-north coast property on her private Instagram account. The couple have also visited Crowe's long-time friend and one-time rumored love interest, Terri Irwin, at Australia Zoo.

O'Neils propose luxury mansion at Point Piper

Camera-shy Denis O'Neil aboard the Cambria in Rose Bay.

Camera-shy Denis O'Neil aboard the Cambria in Rose Bay.Credit:Robert Pearce

Sydney yachtie and Rose Bay Marina owner Denis O'Neil is certainly making his mark on eastern suburbs waterfront properties. The former Olympic sailor has lodged a development application with Woollahra Council for his $5.4 million Wunulla Road fixer-upper in Point Piper. The dwelling is currently the marina home of some of Sydney's most fabulous boats and their proud owners.

O'Neil is seeking permission to knock down the joint and construct a four-storey house with a swimming pool and a "gallery". If approved by Woolhara council, the $5 million rebuild will boast four bedrooms including a master in the attic, as well as a private lift to access each level.

No doubt the reno will bolster the value of the site and nearby properties. For the past 20 years O'Neil has built his fortune with a substantial property portfolio held through his company Addenbrooke Pty Ltd.

The yachtie is no stranger to Sydney's wealthiest neighbourhood; in 2017 the O'Neils sold their Point Piper boatshed which had been in the family's hands for 60 years. Despite not having an actual house, the harbourfront property with pool and four private marina berths was touted as being worth a cool $30 million or so.

Janek Gazecki wants to open a private club on Bondi Beach.

Janek Gazecki wants to open a private club on Bondi Beach. Credit:Nic Walker

Bondi locals not sold on European-inspired beach club

Sydneysiders were up in arms last month when it was revealed Bondi local Janek Gazecki was seeking approval from Waverley Council to open Amalfi Beach Club on Bondi Beach. Inspired by paid-entry clubs along Italy's Amalfi Coast, patrons would pay $80 for a two-hour visit to a roped off section of the beach. The fee would include use of a socially distanced cabana, and could be redeemed for food and beverages.

While Gazecki claims it will generate income for local businesses, others have slammed the proposal which is aimed at "high net worth" clientele as elitist.

Particularly outraged are some of the 100,000-plus members of the Bondi Local Loop Facebook group. Hoping to dispel misinformation surrounding his proposal, Gazecki has been posting updates on his plans on the Facebook group.

"The organisers are eager for you all to embrace this important COVID safe employment, economic and social initiative," he wrote. But this appeared to only incite more backlash.

"Drinking at the beach and drowning at the beach are linked. Responsible service or not," one commenter posted. "Keep your commercial beaches in Europe," another member said. "Purchase from a local bottle shop and you are 100% supporting the local community. Have a couple of elite people drinking along side, and party away," commented another.

Although there was also positive feedback, Gazecki's posts no longer allow comments to be left.

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