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Karl Stefanovic's ex-wife speaks about his engagement for the first time

Amy Croffey

Published: February 10 2018 - 8:12AM

While Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough have been doing the rounds announcing their engagement, his ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn said it was just business as usual for her and their family.

"I am just focused on helping those affected by the ever-changing landscape of my ex-husband's life, to navigate it," Thorburn told Fairfax Media. 

"His engagement doesn't register with me on any other level."

The pair, who were together for 21 years and have three children together – Jackson, 18, Ava, 12, and River, 10 – announced their separation in September 2016 and were divorced 13 months later.

The Channel 9 Today show host, 43, went public with Yarbrough, 34, five months after the split.

It's believed they have been engaged for about two weeks, but decided to make it public at the Harper's Bazaar 20th anniversary edition this week, where she was spotted showing off the diamond ring, with an estimated worth of over $120,000, to guests.

They followed it up with another public appearance at the VIP-filled David Jones autumn winter 2018 collections launch on Wednesday night, where they sat front row to support her shoe brand, Mara and Mine, which is stocked at the department store.

Friends of Thorburn said it looked as if they were on a "media tour" and were "taunting" Thorburn.

"It seemed like an attempt to be hurtful and Cass just saw it as another disappointing jab at her," the friend added.

It's believed the pair are hoping to get married this year, which will make Yarbrough stepmother to Stefanovic's three children.

She spent some time with his youngest two in the US at the end of last year, but has yet to meet his oldest son. 

A representative for Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough did not have any comment to make.

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