A glamorous socialite at the centre of a scandalous love triangle had a tense meeting with her estranged husband after she ran off with his former business partner – who is also the husband of her best friend.
Hollie Nasser, 36, and husband Christopher Nasser met at a park in Sydney’s eastern suburbs on Sunday – their first meeting since it was revealed she is now dating investment banker Charlie Aitken, 48.
Mr Aitken is married to Ms Nasser’s best friend Ellie, who like Mr Nasser is now adjusting to the reality that her partner has run off to be with someone else.
The estranged couple stood awkwardly for a tense child handover just two weeks after she had taken out a restraining order against the wealthy investor and publican.
Hollie Nasser (left) met with her estranged husband Chris Nasser (right) at a Sydney park for a tense child handover
Hollie Nasser (pictured) awkwardly juggled her daughter in one arm and a tray of take-away coffees in the other as the former couple were spotted for the first time since it was revealed she is dating investment banker Charlie Aitken, 48
Mr Nasser (pictured) plans to contest the restraining order his estranged wife took out against him only two weeks earlier
Mr Nasser, who plans to contest the proceedings in court later this month, wore a white long-sleeve shirt with blue shorts, but the summery look didn’t quite match his sombre demeanour.
The businessman had his hands in his pockets for much of the encounter, looking down and saying little after losing his wife, business partner, and close mate in one cruel blow.
Ms Nasser also appeared visibly uncomfortable, sporting activewear tights, a dark long-sleeve top, and a pink designer handbag.
She awkwardly juggled her daughter in one arm and a tray of take-away coffees in the other as the pair put on a brave face for their two children as they prepared to make the swap.
The Nassers appeared relatively amicable considering how the tumultuous relationship saga unfolded after it was revealed the high society couple separated around the same time as their close friends and business associates, the Aitkens.
Over the past three weeks since the cross-couple relationship came to light, Mr Nasser resigned from his position as director of the board at Aitken Investment Management but still holds sizeable shares in the company.
Ms Nasser (pictured holding her daughter) also appeared visibly uncomfortable, sporting active wear tights, a dark long-sleeve top and a pink designer hand bag as the two put on a brave front for their two kids
Ms Nasser appeared visibly uncomfortable, sporting active wear tights, a dark long-sleeve top, and a pink designer handbag. Mr Nasser, who plans to contest the proceedings in court later this month, wore a crisp white shirt with the sleeves rolled up and blue shorts, but the summery look didn’t quite match his sombre demeanour.
Ms Nasser hold up a child’s sippy cup while a glum-looking Mr Nasser stands close by near his estranged wife’s car
The Nassers appeared relatively amicable considering how the tumultuous relationship saga unfolded after it was revealed the high society couple separated around the same time as their close friends and business associates, the Aitkens
In his place, he appointed his brother Damien Nasser to take control of the family’s portfolio.
On Thursday, he sold down about $7.5 million from AIM’s global high conviction fund comprising a basket of high-performing international low to mid-cap stocks.
It remains unclear what impact the multi-million dollar dent will have on the boutique investment fund as fears grow that other investors close to Mr Nasser – or dismayed by the bitter public feud – may also look to cash in on their positions.
Meanwhile, Mr Aitken also met with Ellie on Sunday for the first time since publicly confirming his new relationship with Ms Nasser.
Ms Aitken, 42, stood behind the front gate, fiercely shaking her finger in front of his face in an explosive showdown.
She appeared to erupt into a rant which lasted several minutes as Mr Aitken listened, staring at the ground, before he turned to face her and shrugged his shoulders.
He then walked past her and made multiple trips in and out of the property, each time carrying a bundle of clothes to his $70,000 Mercedes C250.
Investment banker Charlie Aitken is seen visiting his estranged wife Ellie Aitken at their family home on Sunday after their marriage breakdown
Mr Aitken shrugged his shoulders as his estranged wife appeared to erupt in a furious rant
Ms Aitken appeared angry and downcast, crossing her arms as she stood at the front door
After filling up his boot with belongings, Mr Aitken got into his car and drove away as his dejected wife watched from the front doorway with her arms crossed.
The tense encounter came just hours after Ms Aitken shared a fiery text exchange about the split.
In an Instagram post, Ms Aitken shared a text message she had received from Ms Nasser accusing her of ‘playing the victim’ and blaming her for ‘ruining her marriage’.
‘Ellie there’s no point in us talking anymore,’ Ms Nasser’s message begins.
‘I can’t believe after… you are out there playing the victim and saying I ruined your perfect marriage.’
Ms Nasser also claimed Ms Aitken had posted photos online of her smiling alongside her husband of more than 20 years at their son’s rugby team award night on Friday to gain media attention.
Just hours after pictures confirmed Mr Aitken had set up home with his new love, Ms Aitken tried to maintain a united front by sharing photos of the family at the function in Sydney’s eastern suburbs on Instagram.
‘Of course putting photos of [your son] on public Instagram was going in the paper, you knew that when you posted it,’ Ms Nasser said in the text.
Ellie Aitken has shared photos of her bitter exchange with Hollie Nasser (pictured) as their friendship continues to deteriorate
Ms Aitken uploaded a heated conversation she had with her former best friend on Instagram on Sunday
Ms Nasser denied that Mr Aitken had spent the weekend at her house, claiming photographs that placed him there on Friday only showed him dropping her off.
‘Charlie was not at my house last night and I’ve got mum staying here,’ she continued.
‘I’ve had photographers here since Friday and still here now surrounding my house I’m not that dumb. He dropped me outside my house on Friday and that’s it. I know he is staying at the Meriton.’
But Ms Aitken refused to believe the claims, saying her husband had admitted he was there.
‘Darling I was watching him there with the white plantation shutters behind which we photographed on FaceTime and he told me he was there having pizza,’ Ms Aitken’s reply text reads.
Ms Aitken added superimposed text at the bottom of the Instagram story, reading: ‘Stop lying and bullying me @hollie.nasser. Enough.’
The screen grab of the heated message exchange was deleted a short time later.
The raging war of words – which is the first public glimpse inside the drama wreaking havoc behind closed doors – exposes how weeks of turmoil and heartbreak have reached boiling point.
Mr Aitken and his wife Ellie had been long-time friends of the Nasser’s, and Mr Nasser was a director of the Aitken’s wealth management company
Ellie Aitken, 42, smiled for the camera alongside her estranged husband Charlie and their son (pictured) at an event on Friday
Mr Aitken and Ms Nasser had their first public outing as a couple on Friday as they ran errands in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and took items into the luxury house Ms Nasser previously shared with her husband Christopher-John ‘CJ’ Nasser.
Sources close to the two couples said a baby monitor was central to the breakdown of the Nasser’s marriage.
Last week, Mr Aitken confirmed his marriage had ended and he was now in a relationship with Ms Nasser.
‘I can confirm I am separated from Ellie Aitken and am in a relationship with Hollie Nasser. My sole focus is my children and I’ll make no further comment,’ he said.
Both Mr Nasser and Ms Aitken were ‘totally blindsided’ by the union, friends say.
For years, the two couples were inseparable – taking international trips together and raising their young families as business partners and best friends.
Mr Nasser is being supported by the couple’s close friends, many of whom are said to be ‘horrified with the nature of what’s gone on’.
The father-of-two ‘categorically denies the allegations’ and intends to fight them when the case goes before court on December 15.
The relationship has left many shocked as both couples had been friends for years (pictured, Ellie Aitken, in red, alongside former Liberal Party deputy leader Julie Bishop, centre, with Hollie Nasser, in blue, at Ms Aitken’s 40th birthday party in 2019)
Ms Nasser shared an insight into her relationship over the years with pictures of international holidays and helicopter trips
Just five years ago, Mr and Ms Nasser were happily married in a lavish ceremony at St Mary’s Cathedral, the new bride happily announcing they’d spend the rest of their lives together.
She constantly described Mr Nasser as ‘the best husband and father’ she and her children could have ever hoped for – sharing photos of extravagant holidays, helicopter trips and days at sea on boats.
Just a few weeks before splitting with her husband, Ms Aitken posted a gushing birthday message telling Ms Nasser she was ‘so lucky to have you in my life’.
Together the best friends were feted as leading lights of Sydney’s social circuit, regularly photographed at functions and charity events.
Ms Aitken is a former corporate mergers and acquisitions lawyer at Clayton Utz and one time director of the NSW Polo Association.
She also served as an executive director of the investment business she shared with her husband, Aitken Investment Management. She has since resigned but maintains her role as director.
Until 2016, they lived in a spectacular $11 million mansion in Darling Point before moving to a rental property.
HIGH SOCIETY SPLIT – THE TIMELINE
Ellie Aitken, a lawyer-turned fashion designer, joins an investment business Pallas, which is a rival to her husband’s company Aitken Investment Management
October 16 :
Ms Aitken posts a gushing birthday message to her friend Hollie Nasser, saying she is ‘so lucky to have you in my life.’
It is publicly revealed the Aitken and Nasser marriages have both ended.
Mr Nasser, who is Mr Aitken’s business partner at Aitken Investment Management, resigns from his position as director of the board and is replaced by his brother Damien.
Ms Aitken also steps down as an executive from the company during the same weekend.
Police days later take out an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order against Mr Nasser on behalf of his estranged wife.
Mr Aitken confirms he is in a relationship with Ms Nasser.
‘I can confirm I am separated from Ellie Aitken and am in a relationship with Hollie Nasser,’ Aitken said.
‘My sole focus is my children and I’ll make no further comment.’
Mr Nasser speaks out about the AVO and announces he plans to fight the allegations when the case goes to court on December 15.
Mr Aitken is photographed running errands with Ms Nasser and taking items into her home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
Later that evening, Ms Aitken posts photos of her alongside Mr Aitken at their son’s Rugby awards night.
It is revealed Ms Nasser’s car has reportedly been vandalised, with someone scratching the word ‘slut’ on one of the doors
Ms Aitken leaks the heated messages between her and Ms Nasser as their friendship deteriorates .
Mr Aitken is later spotted at the family home, embroiled in a confrontation with Ellie as he picked up his clothes.
The Nassers are also spotted out together with their kids.