The recently retired Greg Inglis has been admitted to rehab after his Brisbane bender.
The recently retired Greg Inglis has been admitted to rehab after his Brisbane bender.

GI’s lost weekend in Brisbane with reality star

GREG Inglis spent the NRL's Magic Round weekend in a Brisbane riverside mansion with friends and controversial former nude model and reality TV star Suzi Taylor.

The Sunday Mail has learned details of the league legend's bizarre lost-weekend bender which has just seen him admitted to rehab.

It can be revealed that Inglis spent the recent Magic Round weekend drinking with mates and former The Block star Taylor at a luxury home in inner Brisbane after meeting her at the Osbourne Hotel in Fortitude Valley on the Thursday night of the NRL festival at Suncorp Stadium.

The recently retired Greg Inglis has been admitted to rehab after his Brisbane bender.
The recently retired Greg Inglis has been admitted to rehab after his Brisbane bender.


It led to desperate attempts by Inglis' girlfriend, sister, Souths boss Shane Richardson and even Broncos indigenous great Justin Hodges to track him down.

Sources say Inglis and girlfriend, NRL event boss Alyse Caccamo, ran into Taylor at the Osbourne on the Thursday of Magic Round and the retired Maroons star turned up at her house two days later.

Inglis entered a relationship with Ms Caccamo earlier this year after splitting with wife Sally, the mother of their two children.

"Suzi said, 'Greg Inglis won't stop ringing me,' " said a witness who was staying at the house, who did not want to be named.

"Greg was at the Osbourne with his girlfriend and it seemed like he knew Suzi and they reconnected."

The man, a professional aged in his 50s, said Taylor turned up at the house on Saturday night with Inglis "and two random blokes".

"They had booze under their arms and sat down in the kitchen - I asked them if they'd mind keeping the noise down," he said.

"The randoms were gone the next morning but Greg was still there.

"He stayed until Monday at the house.

"It seemed to me like he wanted to escape from the world for a few days and get away from whatever pressures he was feeling.

"He was drinking beer and sort of drifting in and out of consciousness.

"I tried to talk to him a couple of times and finally convinced him to have a shower and gave him some (fresh) clothes."

Greg Inglis ‘wasn’t keen’ on returning to Sydney.
Greg Inglis ‘wasn’t keen’ on returning to Sydney.

 

Suzi Taylor is best known for her appearance on The Block.
Suzi Taylor is best known for her appearance on The Block.


When Inglis said he'd lost his phone, the man rang it and a woman named Alyse answered.

"She was pretty aggro and demanded to know the address," the man said.

"She said to get him to the (Brisbane) Novotel straight away or you'll have the media there."

The Sunday Mail has seen a text message to the man with a similar demand.

"Get him to the Novotel Creek Street now before you are on the news tomorrow … NOW," the message reads.

A frantic text was also sent to the man by the partner of Inglis' sister.

"Hi there … my name is Chantelle and I'm a family member if (sic) Greg's," one message reads.

"I'm so sorry to disturb you but the family is a little concerned about him as he has not checked out of his hotel accommodation or collected his belongings.

"I was kindly passed your contact number by Suzi Taylor, as she claims you were the last person she knew Greg was with.

"If you are aware of his whereabouts or are in contact with him at all, could you please get him to contact his sisters or parents.

"Again, very sorry to disturb you, we are just extremely concerned."

The man said he was at work when he received a concerned call from Shane Richardson asking: "Is Greg with you?"

"He (Richardson) said words to the effect that he's in the wrong company and someone needs to get him away from there," he said.

"But Greg wasn't really keen on going back to Sydney."

The Brisbane riverfront mansion where Greg Inglis lay low for three days.
The Brisbane riverfront mansion where Greg Inglis lay low for three days.

The man said Justin ­Hodges turned up at the house and had a coffee with Inglis but was unable to persuade him to leave.

On the Monday morning after Magic Round, there were more calls and texts from Chantelle who, with Inglis' sister, drove six hours to Brisbane from the NSW North Coast to try to get the troubled superstar on a plane back to Sydney.

"They talked to Greg but he just kept saying 'no, no, no' … he wasn't going to leave with them and go back to the hotel they'd booked," he said.

"He agreed to go with them in the morning, so I gave them a bed for the night as they didn't want to leave him."

The Sunday Mail contacted Taylor, who said: "I've really got no comment."

Taylor left the house last week, claiming she was going to Fiji to be one of the celebrities in the next series of Australian Survivor, but Channel 10 sources have disputed this.

A former Penthouse Pet centrefold, the 47-year-old divorced mother-of-three starred on Channel 9's renovation show The Block in 2015 and was later snapped dancing topless on a boat in Melbourne after attending Oaks Day at Flemington races.

Taylor, who famously once dated INXS frontman Michael Hutchence and also claimed to have had a fling with Channel 9 star Richard Wilkins, recently revealed she was in a new relationship with 36-year-old Brisbane landscaper Jonathan Gregory-Kelly.

The Courier-Mail revealed last week that Inglis, who retired from rugby league last month, had been admitted to a rehabilitation clinic to treat alcohol and depression.

Inglis' family declined to comment yesterday and the South Sydney Rabbitohs did not return calls.

The club has asked for privacy for Inglis and said it would make no further comment.



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