Darren Jolly and his girlfriend Lucy Porter have welcomed their first child together.
The 40-year-old former Australian footballer took to his Instagram account on Tuesday night to break the news alongside a gallery of intimate photos.
‘Welcome to the beautiful world of Olive Rita Porter Jolly. You are such a special gift and we love you so much!! ❤️,” he sweetly captioned the post.
Baby joy! Ex-AFL star Darren Jolly and partner Lucy Porter have welcomed their first child together, a baby girl named Olive Rita Porter Jolly
In the first image, Darren watches every square inch of the doting daddy as he cradles his adorable bundle of joy.
In another image, Lucy is seen cradling her newborn baby moments after giving birth.
In a third family portrait, Olive is seen resting on Lucy’s chest as she tenderly squeezes her father’s finger.
Darren’s post was quickly flooded with congratulatory messages for the happy couple.
Glorious: In the first image, Darren looks at every square inch of the doting dad as he cradles his adorable bundle of joy
Adorable: In another image, Lucy is seen cradling her newborn baby moments after giving birth
Darren went public with his girlfriend Lucy in November 2020, sharing a beloved selfie while on vacation, which coincided with the ex-AFL star’s birthday.
A month earlier, Jolly had sent shockwaves through the AFL community after a disturbing Instagram post in which he claimed he couldn’t “go on much longer”.
As Jolly’s footballers and family rushed to support him, Ms Porter was also among those helping him – whom Jolly’s own mother praised for her ‘concerted efforts’ to help him.
New romance: Darren went public with girlfriend Lucy in November 2020, sharing a beloved selfie while on vacation, which coincided with the ex-AFL star’s birthday
Jolly endured personal battles last month following his split from wife Deanne, with his own mother praising Ms Porter for her ‘concerted efforts’ to help him.
The former Sydney Swans and Collingwood player appeared in high spirits as he and Ms Porter took a holiday in South West Victoria, which coincided with the ex-AFL star’s birthday.
“First of all, we want to thank Lucy’s concerted efforts,” Jacinta Jolly wrote in an emotional Facebook post.
“As parents, this has been the most terrifying 24 hours we have ever had to endure.
“He is safe and receiving the best care he needs right now.”
The ex-AFL star and Deanne split in September 2019, ending 15 years of marriage
Jolly and his ex-wife Deanne were popular contestants on The Block, appearing twice in 2014 and 2015, and winning the final season.
But the couple made headlines three years ago when they sadly announced they had ended their 15-year marriage.
Following their split, Jolly claimed on Instagram in October 2020 that he hadn’t been in contact with his two daughters since splitting from Deanne in September 2019.
Separated: It comes after Darren revealed he hasn’t spent time with his daughters during Melbourne’s coronavirus lockdown or since his split from their mother. Pictured: Darren and Deanne Jolly with their children on January 20, 2017 in Melbourne
Post: There were concerns for his well-being on October 26 when the father-of-two shared a disturbing tribute to his daughters and admitted he couldn’t ‘go on much longer’
In February 2020, he spoke candidly at Collingwood’s annual general meeting about his business troubles and the breakdown of his marriage.
“Spending three weeks in a mental institution to deal with depression. Leaving my 15 year marriage because I fell in love and wanted a happier life,” he said.
He told his former teammates that his mental health got so bad around this time that he “almost did something stupid and ended it.” [his] life’.
“Everything was too much to handle and I lost control. I lost my desire to carry on, I lost my purpose in life, I lost my direction and I lost my way. I thought it was easier to go there,” he admitted.
In the depths of his struggle, Darren admitted himself to hospital and described it as the “best thing [he] could have done’.
Soccer star: Jolly played for Sydney Swans and Collingwood Magpies during his AFL career