The Block’s Darren Jolly shows off his muscular frame as he completes push-up challenge – amid bitter legal stoush and custody battle with his estranged wife Deanne
The Block’s Darren Jolly showed off his muscular frame as he completed a push-up challenge on Instagram on Tuesday.
The former AFL star, 38, flaunted his fit physique as he raised and lowered his body using his arms.
‘The Push Up Challenge is back! Starting my day with 130 push ups at 4:30am to raise awareness for mental health,’ he wrote.
Looking fit! The Block’s Darren Jolly showed off his muscular frame as he completed a push-up challenge on Tuesday
It comes after Jolly revealed he hadn’t spent time with his two daughters, Scarlett and Lily, since splitting from his wife, Deanne, in September 2019.
There were concerns over his wellbeing on October 26 when the father of two shared a worrying tribute to his girls and admitted he couldn’t ‘go on much longer’.
He was found safe, with his new girlfriend later taking to Instagram herself to advise Jolly was ‘receiving the best care he needs right now.’
Separated: It comes after Darren revealed that he hadn’t spent time with his daughters during Melbourne’s coronavirus lockdown or since his separation from their mother. Pictured: Darren and Deanne Jolly with their children on January 20, 2017, in Melbourne
Darren and Deanne Jolly were popular contestants on Channel Nine’s renovation series The Block, appearing twice in 2014 and 2015, and winning the latter season.
The pair announced their split in September 2019 after 15 years of marriage.
Darren has made no secret of his battle with mental illness since the split.
In February last year, he spoke candidly at Collingwood’s annual general meeting about his business troubles and the breakdown of his marriage.
Post: There were concerns over his wellbeing on October 26 when the father of two shared a worrying tribute to his girls and admitted he couldn’t ‘go on much longer’
‘Spending three weeks in a mental facility to deal with depression. Leaving my 15-year marriage because I fell out of love and wanted a happier life,’ he said.
He told his former teammates his mental health became so bad around that time that he ‘almost did something stupid and ended [his] life’.
‘Everything was too much to handle and I lost control. I lost my drive to keep going, I lost my purpose in life, I lost my direction and I lost my path. I thought it was easier just to go,’ he confessed.
At the depths of his struggle, Darren admitted himself to hospital and described it as the ‘best thing [he] could have done’.
Over: Darren and Deanne announced their split in September 2019 after 15 years of marriage