Cassandra Thorburn has raised eyebrows with the personalised number plates on a new Mini Cooper she’s been seen driving around town.
The number plates say Fizzy, which just happens to be Jasmine Stefanovic’s nickname.
The shoe designer, who married Karl Stefanovic in December last year, has had the nickname for years, and guests were asked to use the hashtag #letsgetfizzykarl at the couple’s lavish Mexican wedding.
The Sunday Telegraph, which first reported on the number plates, reached out to Thorburn for a comment, but she didn’t respond.
The mum-of-three did respond to a fan’s comment on Instagram, though, with Thorburn writing: “The facts are far from what’s been said. I was never contacted by the media to ask about the 4 year old car and it’s number plate.
“It seems the bullying campaign in some sections of the media, to make me out to be someone I’m not, continues 3 years on.”
The number plate fiasco comes two months after Thorburn made the bizarre claim to news.com.au she’d never spoken to the media about her ex Karl Stefanovic since they split nearly three years ago.
Thorburn made the denial despite past interviews with Woman’s Day and Australian Women’s Weekly in which she discussed the former Today show co-host.
The former journalist was asked about Stefanovic in some of her radio interviews when promoting her appearance on Channel 10s Dancing With The Stars, and news.com.au asked her if it was a topic she was sick of discussing:
Thorburn: I didn’t talk about it originally. I’m always asked about it, so yeah, I’m sick of being asked about it, absolutely. Well and truly over it.
News.com.au: But you have talked about it in magazines?
Thorburn: No, I haven’t.
News.com.au: You haven’t done any interviews where you’ve talked about Karl?
Thorburn: No. I don’t think I’ve talked about specifically that, no. If you go and have a look, specifically, no. Specifically I haven’t.
In October 2017, she told Woman’s Day her ex-husband was now “dead” to her.
“The children still have a father, but I don’t have a husband,” she said. “He really is dead to me and, no, we won’t ever be friends again.”
In August 2018, Thorburn spoke to Women’s Weekly, saying she and Stefanovic’s children “feel like we’re dead to his family and almost anyone from our old life”.
“I feel like we’ve been discarded and disposed of, replaced by a whole new line-up of starters,” she told the magazine.
In December last year, Thorburn reportedly slammed Stefanovic in an interview with New Idea, but she later appeared on Studio 10 and denied the quotes were hers.
“I did NO interview with New Idea. There was no interview,” she repeated, insisting the magazine had “made them up”.