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    EXCLUSIVE: Pia Whitesell SLAMS ‘cruel’ claim she flew to Australia just to be ‘photographed at the tennis’ with husband Patrick

     

    Pia Whitesell (née Miller) has slammed allegations about her recent vacation to Australia, calling them “cruel” and “untrue.”

    The former Home and Away actress, 38, and her Hollywood agent husband, Patrick Whitesell, 57, traveled up from America only to spend two days at Melbourne Park watching the Australian Open men’s and women’s finals before returning home.

    The Herald-Sun later published quotes from a supposed ‘insider’ alleging the LA-based actress’ main reason for traveling was to be ‘photographed at the Australian Open’, rather than catching up with friends and family.

    Pia rubbished these claims on Monday, telling Daily Mail Australia: ‘I actually took the opportunity to join Patrick on his business trip to Melbourne because, well, it’s home.’

    ‘It was a short but very sweet trip and yes, I was there with Patrick while he supported his clients,’ she added.

    ‘It was a tremendous joy for me to be able to spend time at home with my family and friends and have the opportunity to take [my son] Isaiah and his friends to the Australian Open to enjoy some awesome tennis,’ Pia added, who is now vacationing on the Caribbean island of Barbuda.

    Pia’s retort comes a day after The Herald Sun revealed claims regarding her return to Australia from the so-called ‘friends’ of the ex-soap star.

    ‘When her friends questioned her motives for the quick trip, the overwhelming response was wanting to be seen and snapped at the tennis,’ the paper alleged.

    Pia’s public image, according to the report, is incredibly important to her, and that traveling for 15 hours to watch two games of tennis isn’t a big issue.

    According to the story, ‘friends of the former AFL WAG say she lives on publicity and will go to great measures to acquire it.’

    In the gathering at Melbourne Park last weekend, Pia and her mega-rich husband were hard to miss.

    The couple was spotted on Saturday watching Ash Barty and American Danielle Collins compete in the women’s final, and then on Sunday watching Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev compete in the men’s grand slam.

    According to the Herald Sun, Pia and Patrick were only in Australia for 57 hours before boarding a private plane heading for the United States.

    Pia married Patrick in May and has two boys from prior marriages, Isaiah and Lennox.

    She permanently relocated from Sydney to the U.S. in September last year.

    Patrick is worth an estimated US$440 million (AU$630 million) as the CEO of Hollywood talent agency WME.

    Pia has been traveling the world with Patrick since relocating to America with her husband, staying in top-tier hotels and mansions.

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