Josh Reynolds’ ex-girlfriend Arabella Del Busso has tearfully denied faking pregnancies, before claiming the argument that landed the NRL star in court started when she accused him of ‘taking nudes’ in a bathroom.
In a 60 Minutes interview, the 30-year-old lingerie model broke her silence on claims she faked pregnancies and miscarriages to dupe the Wests Tigers five-eighth out of cash during their tumultuous relationship.
When asked by reporter Tom Steinfort if she lied about getting pregnant, she sheepishly responded: ‘I’m denying those claims’.
‘Is that a no?’ Steinfort questioned, to which she replied: ‘I didn’t say that.
‘I’m here to tell you what’s actually happened. Especially with headlines, you know people think I’m a psycho, they all think I’m crazy.’
The pair met on Instagram in 2018 after a one-night-stand and Del Busso later claimed she had fallen pregnant with twins.
Despite initial concerns about having children with a woman he had just met and wasn’t in a relationship with, Reynolds embraced the idea of becoming a father.
‘When I got over the first period of shock natural instincts kicked in,’ Reynolds said.
Reynolds announced he was expecting twins by sharing footage of his gender-reveal on social media in December 2018, and said the parents-to-be had set up a nursery.
But Reynolds’ excitement soon turned to suspicion when Del Busso failed to ever show him any ultrasound sonograms.
‘Every time there was a scan, there was always an excuse,’ he said.
‘I was going, ”you can’t find a baby scan, the photos? This is a bit fishy”.’
But then at 19 weeks pregnant, Del Busso claimed she miscarried.
‘The scan she sent me was off. I went to my mates and showed them and they were like ”mate, that is not a proper scan”,’ Reynolds said.
Del Busso, whose real name is Donna Preuska, claims she couldn’t remember where she got the ultrasound done.
When asked by Steinfort if the scan actually belonged to her, Del Busso responded: ‘No’.
‘[I did it] because I was being spiteful,’ she said.
Reynolds also lifted the lid on what sparked the couple’s heated argument, which was filmed and leaked to the media – causing yet another NRL scandal.
The confrontation led to him being charged and eventually acquitted of domestic violence.
He spent a night in jail with his career on the line after Del Busso’s assault claims under the NRL’s ‘no fault’ stand-down policy.
Del Busso claimed she walked into the bathroom of their shared home in Sydney to find Reynolds taking naked photographs.
‘[He was] stark naked, phone down at his genitals,’ she said.
The lingerie model said she grabbed Reynolds’ phone from the basin before going upstairs ‘hoping to see what was in the phone’.
Del Busso filmed the confrontation after a shirtless Reynolds burst back into the bedroom.
Reynolds was seen in the video saying she ‘scared the f*** out of me’ and asking her to leave.
‘Can you get out. Of my house. I want you out now. I want you out now or I’m going to f***ing flip it,’ he said.
But Reynolds said he never took nude photos and revealed he was sitting down while ordering food – a claim that is supported by copies of his Uber Eats history.
‘That was me at my absolute worst. That 28 seconds is something I’ll never be able to take back in my life.’
It wasn’t until December, four months after the heated verbal argument, that Del Busso went to the police and claimed she was physically assaulted by Reynolds.
Reynolds’ lawyers alleged Del Busso only filed her domestic violence complaint hours after he sent her a text message claiming he knew about her alleged faked pregnancies.
‘I know you have never been pregnant… and all the scans were made up on the internet,’ parts of the text message read.
‘It’s emotional abuse… get out of my life otherwise the police will take action against you.’
Reynolds said he still wonders what became of Del Busso’s third pregnancy.
‘That is the big question, where’s this baby?’ he said. ‘This is the one question I’ve been waiting to ask.’
Del Busso told 60 Minutes she ‘terminated the baby’ last December.
‘Given everything that we’ve been through, what had happened, I couldn’t deal mentally, physically. I couldn’t do it,’ she said.
Since the public saga between the then-couple made headlines, Reynolds has claimed Del Busso doctored photos, and even injected herself with IVF fertility drugs to make herself look pregnant.
Reynolds’ legal team alleged in court Del Busso was never pregnant, saying they have medical documentation to prove it.
Furthermore, he claimed she lied about her mother’s death, and claimed she had cancer to dupe him and other former boyfriends into giving her money.
Reynolds claims he gave her more than $4,000 after she told him her mother had died and needed money for funeral expenses.
After it emerged her mother was in fact alive, Del Busso told 60 Minutes it was the person she considered to be her mother who had died.