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Sam Burgess to move out of Anthony Bell's $11.5m pad and back in with wife Phoebe

Sydney Morning Herald logo Sydney Morning Herald 11/02/2019 Amy Croffey
Sam Burgess posing for the camera: Sam and Phoebe Burgess in 2016. © Mark Metcalfe Sam and Phoebe Burgess in 2016.

It pays to have friends in high places – just ask Sam Burgess.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs player, 30, has been seeking solace at his good friend Anthony Bell's $11.5 million Dover Heights mansion following his high-profile split from wife Phoebe in December.

However, the English lock is now said to be getting ready to move out of celebrity accountant Bell's 1000-square metre home with panoramic ocean views, five bedrooms and a swimming pool, and back in with Phoebe and their two children Poppy, 2, and Billy, eight weeks, after he spent the weekend at their $3.8 million Maroubra home on up-market Lurline Street.

a large pool of water in front of a building: Anthony Bell's $11.5 million property in Dover Heights, where Sam Burgess has been staying. © Supplied Anthony Bell's $11.5 million property in Dover Heights, where Sam Burgess has been staying.

Insiders say the former NRL golden couple have been "working on things" for the sake of their children, with the pair spotted spending more time together in recent weeks.

Bell bought the the plush clifftop pad 18 months ago from his good friend and client, Seven's The Morning Show host Larry Emdur, while he was going through his split from his wife, television host Kelly Landry.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Anthony Bell and Kelly Landry in the Lexus Marquee at Derby Day in 2016. © The SMH Anthony Bell and Kelly Landry in the Lexus Marquee at Derby Day in 2016.

"It was important to Anthony to be able to help a great mate like Sam out," a source said.

Burgess and Bell became close through Souths, where Bell is a long-serving board member.

The star player has often name-checked the businessman, as well as Rabbitohs co-owner and Hollywood actor Russell Crowe, as the mentors he looks to "for inspiration" and has sought advice and comfort from both during his marriage difficulties.

In September, Burgess became embroiled in a lewd video scandal, but denied that he had "sexted anyone" and he and the other players were cleared of misconduct by the club.

Following the incident, his wife, a former journalist, cancelled her attendance at a number of events, including Stakes Day at Randwick Racecourse.

Meanwhile, Bell, CEO of Bell Partners, is known for his sprawling property portfolio, including the recent purchase of a $10.3 million waterfront home in Noosa, where he spends part of the week with Landry and their two daughters and the other part in Sydney or Brisbane for work.

The pair, known as Belly and Kelly in elite Sydney social circles, reconciled last year after a high-profile court battle when Landry tried to take out an AVO against Bell. However, it was dismissed in May 2017.

Sam Burgess has been approached for comment.

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