They were the former best mates turned bitter enemies involved in one of footy’s most hostile — and public — feuds.
But Billy Brownless and Garry Lyon appear to have buried the hatchet.
The former Footy Show friends-turned-foes fell out in 2016 when Lyon left his wife and began a relationship with Brownless’ estranged wife of 18 years, Nicky.
The public fallout caused Lyon to quit The Footy Show and seek treatment for depression.
But five years on, the high-profile pair seem to have patched up their differences, breaking bread at Christmas lunch.
Photos posted to social media show the men at a Christmas celebration in Geelong, with Nicky and the Brownless kids Ruby, Max, Oscar and Lucy.
Speaking with Sam Newman on the You Cannot Be Serious podcast in September, Brownless said he and Lyon were starting the process of reconciliation.
“Mate, it’s been four or five years, I’ve come around and everyone is in a good spot to be honest,” Brownless said. “We’ve spoken a couple of times, probably (won’t ever be the same) and, mate, there’s no Christmas cards yet but we have spoken a couple of times.”
Prior to their separations, the Brownless and Lyon families were close, even holidaying overseas together.
Brownless admitted he felt “hatred” for his former friend when he first learnt of the new relationship.
“At the time you go through all different emotions of course. ‘Why me?’ and a bit of hatred, of course,” Brownless said.
“It was hard at the time because it was so public. I’d walk into a coffee shop and I’d swear everyone was looking at me and talking about it and they weren’t.”