Sonny Bill Williams has shed light on the infamous 2007 toilet tryst with Candice Warner in a new book about the cross-code superstar’s life and career.
In his upcoming autobiography ‘You Can’t Stop The Sun From Shining’, Williams touches on a range of topics from his early drug and alcohol-driven days, to his partying and feminization and the famous split from the Bulldogs in the NRL.
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In an excerpt from the book – available to read through the Saturday Telegraph – Williams talks about the drinking problems that preceded his bombing departure from the Bulldogs and the scandalous incident that involved the now wife of Australian cricketer David Warner.
Williams admitted his drink was “the symptom of a much bigger problem” that was not being treated at the time, saying he had to get out of a toxic party culture of booze and drugs.
“And then there was an incident at a nightclub in 2007 when I was fooling around with a woman in a toilet stall.
“Both she and I will have to live with that mistake for the rest of our lives. It made headlines around a good part of the world. It was embarrassing, and not just for myself. There is, of course, the woman involved, even though she was a single adult woman, and therefore it was not the task of others what she did.
“But I had a boyfriend at home who was humiliated in public and suffered from the pain of being cheated. She certainly did not deserve to be at the center of a media storm. ”
Candice Warner (then Candice Falzon before she got married) and Williams met at the Clovelly Hotel in 2007 and were filmed by a member of the public in a closet.
Candice, 22, was an elite iron woman at the time, and a 21-year-old Williams (who was in a relationship) was at the start of her NRL career with the Bulldogs.
While Williams later issued a brief apology after the incident, he has never faced the same kind of control that Candice, who was single at the time, has had for years.
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Warner touched on it during last year’s reality TV series SAS Australia and admitted that it had “brought embarrassment and shame” to her family.
“A long time ago, when I was young, I got into a compromise position that I regret. It had a huge impact on my family. Huge,” Warner told his other contestants.
Warner refrained from elaborating on the details of the incident, but admitted that the public fall from it was too much to take.
“So… it was just a personal situation. Too many drinks, ”she said.
“Living with it and having to explain to my children in the future will be very difficult. Especially when you have three girls.
“I remember sitting on the side of the street and not being able to anymore. And just thinking, ‘If this is what life is all about, then I can do no more’. ”
The mother of three says she has always been deeply saddened by the violation, but threw off the role of the media in perpetuating her mistake.
“Yes, I made a mistake. But is it really worth it, every single day, that the media is trying to pull me down? I do not think. ”
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