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Speculation mounts about the future of Mitchell Pearce's relationship with glamorous fiancee

Troubled NRL superstar Mitchell Pearce's relationship with glamorous barre instructor Kristin Scott appears to be over - after the couple's Byron Bay wedding was called off at the last minute when his 'flirty' texts to a club staffer were exposed.

The pair have not been pictured together on Ms Scott's Instagram for more than two months, with the Newcastle Knights half recently deleting his own page. 

And when Ms Scott celebrated her 29th birthday this month, she uploaded a series of photos to her Instagram, none of which included Pearce. 

The last time the couple were seen together in a photo on her Instagram was on November 6 at the opening of their Barre Effect studio in Newcastle. 

Prior to that post, Ms Scott regularly shared photos with Pearce alongside adoring captions dedicated to 'her love'.  

Former Newcastle Knights captain Mitchell Pearce has not been pictured with his glamorous fiancee Kristin Scott on Instagram for more two months, fueling speculation of their split. They are pictured together in February last year

Ms Scott recently marked her 29th birthday, where she uploaded a series of photos to Instagram of celebrations, including this snap

Ms Scott uploaded a series of photos to her Instagram as she celebrated the occasion, although Pearce was not pictured

The Instagram page for Barre Effect, which is co-owned by Pearce and Ms Scott, still follows his sisters Tatum and Hannah and mother Terri.    

Pearce stepped down as captain of the Newcastle Knights after it came to light he sent 'flirty' text messages to a young club staffer just days before he was due to marry Ms Scott.

He was also left out of the Knights five-man senior leadership group for 2021, announced on Saturday. 

The club said it went through an 'extensive selection process' to come up with five players who would lead 'both on and off the field throughout 2021.'

The announcement is another blow for Pearce's NRL career, after a quiet season which saw his Knights just scrape into the top 8 before being knocked out by the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The couple were scheduled to marry in Byron Bay on December 29 in front of 150 guests but it was called off at the last minute. 

Pearce previously insisted the ceremony was not cancelled for good but was just postponed due to Covid-related restrictions.

Ms Scott refused to comment on the status of the pair's wedding earlier this month as Pearce fronted the media over the text message scandal. 

The 31-year-old halfback reportedly relinquished the captaincy to spend more time mending his relationship with his fiancee.

'For me it's been a traumatic few weeks for my personal life and those I love,' Pearce said at a media conference this month.

The couple were last seen together on Ms Scott's Instagram on November 6 when she posted about the opening of the Barre Effect studio in Newcastle (pictured) 

Ms Scott was pictured at her gym, Barre Effect, in Newcastle earlier this month where she did not provide comment about her wedding to Pearce

'Unfortunately my actions have impacted the team and more importantly the people I have closest to me, Kristin and my family.

'I'm taking steps now to address these issues and I feel it would be in the best interests of the club for me to step down as captain this season.'  

He fought back tears as he voiced his love for the Newcastle team and vowed to overcome the embarrassing public incident, which has caused a major rift among teammates and his family.

'I love this club and I love my family and I'm committed to working as hard as I can to be the best man I can be both on and off the field,' he said. 

Knights general manager of football Danny Buderus said Pearce's main priority was fixing his relationship with Ms Scott. 

Pearce was found to have sent the 'flirty' text messages to a female staffer, which were discovered by the staffer's partner and became known to his fiancee.

Knights coach Adam O'Brien said Pearce's off-field saga was 'not an ideal situation' for a club desperate for success after making the finals for the first time in seven seasons in 2020, only to be bundled out in week one.

Pearce quit as captain of the Newcastle Knights, capping off a tumultuous few weeks for the halfback. He and fiancee Ms Scott (pictured together) recently postponed their wedding

Pearce (pictured with his fiancee) has maintained the wedding had not been cancelled, only postponed, and that Covid-related restrictions were to blame

Pearce was not included in the Newcastle Knights five-man senior leadership group for 2021, which was announced on Saturday

O'Brien said the decision to step down was Pearce's own call and dismissed any speculation of a rift within the playing group, with senior players understood to be close friends with the long-term partner of the Knights staffer involved in the scandal.

'It is a private matter and their welfare is the number one priority before football but ... the group is not divided,' O'Brien told reporters.

Pearce was also left out of the Knights five-man senior leadership team for 2021.

The group instead includes Mitch Barnett, Kalyn Ponga, Daniel Saifiti, Blake Green and Jayden Brailey.

'These players have been chosen from the NRL squad following an extensive selection process, and will be tasked with leading the club both on and off the field throughout 2021,' a statement from the club said.  

The club has not chosen their new captain, with the decision to be made at their season launch in March.  

Pearce's show-stopping dramas away from the footy field

2014 - Kings Cross, Sydney - Then on the books of the Sydney Roosters, the halfback was arrested and issued with an infringement notice for failing to leave a licensed premises. Later revealed he made advances to a woman in a 'yellow dress' who declined to take the matter further. Fined $20,000 by his club, banned for one match

2016 - Australia Day - filmed simulating a sex act with a dog in another person's apartment before declaring he 'didn't have' a sexuality. Fined a whopping $125,000 by the NRL and suspended for eight games

2020 - December - Pearce's wedding to fiancee Kristin Scott is called off after the footy star is caught sending racy messages to a female staff member at the Newcastle Knights

2021 - January: The halfback stands down as club captain 

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