Ben Cousins’ new flame made her red carpet debut on Sunday just one week after the couple were first spotted looking cosy at a local footy derby with his daughter.
The former AFL star brought Kelley Fergus along as his date to the 2021 Brownlow Medals on Sunday night.
It marked the second time in just a week that Cousins has flaunted the statuesque blonde publicly.
Ms Fergus tagged along with Cousins and his seven-year-old daughter Angelique on September 12 as they watched his new park footy team, the Queens Park Bulldogs, romp to victory in their Grand Final match.
The trio looked at ease with one another as they watched on from the sidelines.
Kelley wore large aviator sunglasses as she stood alongside Ben and his daughter at the football – a week before wowing at the Brownlows
The pair looked cosy together as they posed for photos on the red carpet, with Ben placing an arm gently around his date’s waist
Cousins was seen playing tag and kicking a football with the children who were also watching on.
Little Angelique hugged her father and sat at his feet as he spoke casually with Ms Fergus.
Witnesses say the couple kept the romance and flirting to a minimum on game day, but it was clear they were happy to be in each other’s presence.
‘There were lots of smiles and laughs,’ an onlooker told Daily Mail Australia. ‘He looked like a great dad.’
Ms Fergus, a fly in fly out worker employed as a caterer for Gourmet WA, looked at ease while interacting with nine-year-old Angelique.
Ben Cousins made his comeback to the spotlight on the Brownlow Medal red carpet in Perth on Sunday night. And the 43-year-old former AFL star was not alone – he had a gorgeous blonde on his arm – Kelley Fergus. Both pictured
The trio left together in Ms Fergus’ car shortly after Cousins’ team secured a victory.
Cousins has been committed to getting his act together since his seven month stint in jail in 2020.
It is not clear how long the former AFL star and Ms Fergus have been dating.
They looked smitten as they stepped out on the red carpet together on Sunday, with Cousins placing a gentle arm around his date’s waist as they posed for pictured together.
Prior to her FIFO work, Ms Fergus ran an eclectic gluten free bakery and cafe which sold handcrafted furniture and artworks sourced internationally.
Her customers were ‘heartbroken’ when soaring rent prices forced her to close down the business back in 2016.
The 43-year-old accepted an open invitation to attend the ceremony for the first time since 2010
Ms Fergus is employed as a fly in fly out worker and caterer for Gourmet WA. She used to run a beloved gluten free bakery and cafe
Cousins, a former Richmond player and Brownlow medalist, dressed sharply in a black dinner suit and bow tie provided by Suit Vault’s Jarred Briotti.
The 43-year-old accepted an open invitation to attend the ceremony for the first time since 2010, the latest indication that he’s changed his life for the better after a tough battle with drug addiction.
‘He’s a Brownlow Medal winner, he deserves to be here and I’m really pleased that he’s in the right space where he can come,’ AFL boss Gillon McLachlan said.
‘People have ups and downs in their lives and I’m thrilled that his trajectory sounds like it’s good and he’s in a good spot.’
Cousins didn’t go into detail about his new relationship or the behind-the-scenes work he’s been putting in to ensure he stays fit, healthy and clean.
Susan Backshell, who has acted as a mentor for Cousins (pictured together) since his last stint on jail, told Daily Mail Australia that he remains solely focused on his kids
Cousins is now playing local park footy with the Queens Park Bulldogs and has been grappling with a hamstring injury
He is focused on rebuilding his relationship with Angelique and her older brother, Bobby.
Susan Backshell, who has acted as a mentor for Cousins since his last stint on jail, told Daily Mail Australia that he remains solely focused on his kids.
Sitting in a cold, cramped jail cell for the sixth time in 13 years, Cousins had finally decided enough was enough after seven months behind bars in 2020.
He was ashamed and desperately ready for a fresh start, buoyed by the knowledge that getting clean and healthy was the key to being a dad to his children.
Ben, who won the Brownlow Medal in 2005, said he was ‘fortunate’ to be making his comeback to the coveted ceremony
Ms Backshell said Cousins now has his kids of a weekend and is always looking for new ways to bond with them.
‘His kids are everything to him, he truly is an amazing dad. He’s phenomenal,’ Ms Backshell said.
Cousins often takes the children outside to explore nature, teaching them how to kayak, ride horses and embrace the great outdoors.
‘They adore him. They’re very sporty too, like him. They’re like little mini-me’s. They’ve got his determination. I see a lot of him in them.’
Cousins was a Brownlow medal winner and captained the West Coast Eagles from 2001 to 2005, securing the club’s best and fairest awards four out of those seasons