She said I didn't really know Roberts - which was true enough - and that she'd hoped I'd be happy for her and then hung up on me, leaving me wishing I'd reacted differently to her happy news. Police were called to Jaye and Roberts' Bondi home in response to reports of a domestic dispute. He's such a player! Born in 1942 in Perth, Mike Willesee first graced Australian television screens in 1967 as a reporter for the ABC show This Day Tonight, where he gained acclaim for pressing the then-Prime Minister Harold Holt over his decision to appoint a new ABC Chairman. He had a tender heart and an incredible generosity towards anyone in need.". Former Channel 9 and Channel 7 boss David Leckie arrives to farewell the iconic journalist. As a gossip columnist, one strives to adhere to a personal code that respects a friend's right to have a relationship with a famous person, yet also informs them of the lover's rocky romantic past - one that may ultimately destabilise the relationship and make it a bad union.This columnist was put in this position nine months ago when a friend of almost 20 years pronounced she was head over heels with a celebrity chef and about to get married. Daughters Amy, Lucy and Jo Willesee at their father's funeral. A NOTE ABOUT RELEVANT ADVERTISING: We collect information about the content (including ads) you use across this site and use it to make both advertising and content more relevant to you on our network and other sites. "I know you were sincerely looking out for me," she said. Originally published as Knowing the truth can hurt. The pall-bearers arrive at the cathedral. While he was known for his masterful interviewing style and willingness to push the envelope, the distinguished journalist's softer side was hailed as one his greatest strengths at the funeral service. Gordana Willesee. Ever a story-teller, the journalist's headline-making escapades became bedtime stories for his children while his "incredible intellect" meant he could spontaneously spout a 3000 word essay on post-WWII economics. There are probably 20 other ways I could have responded favourably, giving the union my blessing. Veteran Nine News entertainment presenter Richard Wilkins arrives with partner Virginia Burmeister for the Requiem Funeral Mass for Mike Willesee at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney. And I was, although it brought little consolation. Also a cosmetic tattooist, Willesee has been open about how her relationship with TV cook Roberts was "love at first sight", even having the date of their engagement - 12/04/2012 - inked on her hand. I could have said, "that's great news, congratulations" or "interesting choice, I hope he makes you happy". Mike's ex-wife Gordana Willesee-Poljak is overcome with emotion during the service. IN a city filled with good-looking single women searching for love, there is now a proliferation of greying serial boyfriends on the hunt for something similar. The chef was Jason Roberts, a chap with an interesting romantic history and an impressive list of celebrity exes. Ray and Duff: Who takes out the Melbourne Cup? Close friends say Mike Willesee - star reporter on Channel Seven's Sunday Night and father to Gordana's eight-year-old son, Rok - did not approve of Roberts, a former Ready Steady Cook regular who now works on television in New York. A brief 16-month marriage (and baby son) to a nanny followed, before Roberts started a three-year relationship with Fox Sports presenter Bridgette Kirk. While Willesee was known to many Australians, a few knew him well, his son said before sharing some personal anecdotes. Gordana started a dedicated relationship with makeup some 19 years ago. This can be more difficult when that friend is a gossip columnist. His varied career also included horse breeding, racing and heavy investment in his beloved Sydney Swans. Personal life. Last week, for the first time in nine months, she made contact to share some news. Gordana met former Fresh TV chef Roberts in 2010, the same year she split from Willesee after 11 years and one son together. But Confidential understands the pair have recently gone through a "nasty" break-up, culminating in the mother-of-two having the words "NOT MEANT" spread through the numbers of her tatt. Mike Willesee Jr arrives with his wife, Nine presenter Allison Langdon, to farewell his father, who died aged 76 last week. My friend is the make-up artist Gordana Poljak, formerly Willesee. Willesee's career, which spanned five decades, began at the ABC before moves to the Nine and Seven networks. I stepped straight over the line and thumped her over the head with my personal view: "What? One of Mike's daughters farewells his coffin after the service. Willesee, who collapsed at Sydney Airport this year, sold their impressive marital home in Centennial Park for $5.5 million in the months following the breakdown of their marriage. "There were a lot of factors but it was Mike who finally drove it home," the source said. 16 of 18 Attribution: AAP Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher took the mass at St. Mary's Cathedral. Family and friends attended a funeral mass in Sydney. "We have separated on friendly terms and I wish him all the best," she said, declining to comment further. During the homily, the reporter's close friend Father Augustine Withoos praised his reversion and commitment to his faith despite the ridicule he attracted. "He was loving, he was patient, and overwhelmingly accepting of our choices," son Michael Willesee Jnr told the congregation. Willesee's parents were Don Willesee, a Labor senator and Foreign Minister in the Whitlam Government, and his wife Gwendoline.His brother is journalist and TV presenter Terry Willesee.He is the father of fellow journalists Amy Willesee and Michael Willesee Jr. and has another daughter Jo Willesee. Sorry we couldn't find a match for that, please try again. Joel Christie, DailyTelegraph March 20, 2013 12:00am WITH less than a month to go, Sydney make-up artist Gordana Willesee has called off her wedding to celebrity chef Jason Roberts in shock circumstances. George Negus, who worked on Nine's 60 Minutes before moving to the ABC, was also among mourners. Seven TV host Melissa Doyle arrives to farewell the Nine legend. We were not close enough for me to receive an invitation to her wedding to veteran newsman Michael Willesee in 1999. We were not close enough for me to receive an invitation to her wedding to veteran newsman Michael Willesee in 1999. It ended about the time Gordana and Willesee's separation became public. I apologised to her. She is is still finalising her divorce from media entrepreneur Mike Willesee, from whom she split in 2010 after an 11-year marriage. You can find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out Originally published as Tatt's it for celebrity couple. She worked predominantly in the television industry for various networks until 1996 where she was made exclusive with the Channel Nine Network in Sydney. She apologised to me. Invalid postcode. The nuptials were set for the same day this year. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -, Revealed: SAS Australia instructor’s private messages to Roxy, Revealed: Who the numbers say will win the Cup.

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