Lisa weighs in on Karl’s ‘rough’ years
Lisa Wilkinson has weighed in on her former Today co-host Karl Stefanovic's wedding to Jasmine Yarbrough, admitting the couple has had to weather a "couple of rough years".
Stefanovic, 44, married shoe designer Yarbrough, 34, in a star-studded three-day extravaganza in Cabo, Mexico over the weekend.
The TV host has been targeted by a barrage of bad press since his relationship with Yarbrough went public in 2016 - just a few months after his split from ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn, the mother of his three children, River, 12, Ava, 13, and Jackson, 19.
After a package of their wedding went to air on The Sunday Project last night, host Wilkinson, 58, was positive but careful with her well-wishes.
"It's lovely to see. They look very happy," she said.
"I think they've had a couple of rough years. And it'll be nice to get on with the rest of their lives. Together."
Earlier this month, Wilkinson confirmed to The Daily Telegraph that she hadn't been invited to Stefanovic's wedding, despite sharing a desk with him for more than a decade.
The groom spoke to the Telegraph after his nuptials, gushing that his new wife Yarbrough had "endured beyond hardship" to be with him.
"When everyone has had their say as to why she is with me, she has gone beyond it," he told the publication.
"And really, why would you be with me with the s**tstorm that comes with me? It has been very hard … Jas is my rock. I don't go on without her. She is the rock of us as a couple."
The couple were wed in a sunset ceremony outside the chapel in the One&Only Palmilla Resort in front of nearly 200 guests, before moving down to the beach for a lavish reception.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Stefanovic became emotional during his wedding speech, in which he referenced the enormous media attention and pressures the couple had faced throughout their relationship.
"Jasmine, you have taken on enormous stress with me, you have taken on another family, media and social criticism that would break most - you've weathered it," he said.
"You stand tall, you stand strong, you stand up and keep walking.
"Everyone needs a Jasmine in their life … if they have it they're the luckiest people in the world.
"You are my rock, you are my saviour, you put me back together. I'm a better person because of you, a better friend, a better dad - tonight I celebrate and toast you Jasmine my wife."