Cross-footy superstar Sonny Bill Williams has opened up on his infamous toilet-try with former Iron Woman Candice Warner at a time when his life was getting out of control.
In an excerpt from his forthcoming autobiography ‘You Can’t Stop The Sun From Shining’ published by The Saturday Telegraph, the former All Black touched on the ‘humiliation’ of the incident that took place at the Clovelly Hotel in Sydney.
“There was an incident in a nightclub in 2007 when I was fooling around with a woman in a toilet stall,” writes SBW.
“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. ”
The former NRL and All Blacks major also revealed how bad his party boy lifestyle became in the early years of his rugby league career, including a three-day bender threatening his life.
“Once I went on a bender that lasted from Friday night to Monday morning,” Williams writes.
“The only reason I came home was because I knew I had an operation at 11:00.
“I can not remember anything about the operations, except to wake up with my boyfriend crying next to the bed, and the doctor really gave it to me and told me that I had so many drugs in my system that I could be death.”
Candice describes ‘big mistake’
Candice Warner also spoke about the infamous incident with SBW in the 2020 season on Channel 7’s SAS Australia.
The test with SBW made national headlines 14 years ago after a member of the public used their mobile phone to shoot footage of the couple joining the Clovelly Hotel in Sydney.
“In my early 20s, I made a very big mistake,” she said.
“It’s something I’m not proud of, but something I can never take back.
“I put myself in a situation where I shouldn’t have done it, and because of that, I brought shame (and) shame on my family.”
Warner, who was 22 at the time, said shortly after the incident that “nothing happened – it was blown out of proportion” before finally accepting that she was sorry for the mistake.
“I made a mistake and I’m very, very sorry,” Warner said.
“I am aware of my image as a sportswoman, and I have a responsibility to the young people. Young girls look up to me. ”
She met 21-year-old Sonny Bill at the Eastern Suburbs hotel while celebrating an NRL victory with his Bulldogs teammates.
SBW was at that time in a relationship with another woman.
Candice is now married and has three daughters with cricket superstar David Warner.