Imogen Anthony may have split from her boyfriend, Kyle Sandilands, but she won’t be leaving their eight-year relationship empty-handed.
Should she choose to make a claim, the 28-year-old model and socialite is entitled to a significant payout because the pair have been living together as a de facto couple for more than two years.
Kyle recently resigned with KIIS FM radio for a whopping $8 million a year and he has a significant property portfolio, along with a $5 million vintage car collection.
Under Australian law the pair are viewed the same as a divorcing married couple, with their assets split 50/50.
And even though they have split, Kyle may also still have to support Imogen financially in future as part of a spousal maintenance agreement, family lawyer Lee Hagipantelis from Brydens Lawyers explained on Tuesday.
But to enforce such an agreement, Imogen would have to prove to a court that she was unable to financially support herself and that Kyle had the money to fund her lifestyle.
Importantly, if the couple hasn’t signed a financial agreement to override any of these legal entitlements, Imogen may stand to become very wealthy, very fast.
What are the laws around de facto relationships?
A de facto relationship is where a couple have a relationship as a couple living together on a genuine domestic basis.
If a couple split, assets can be split in a similar way to that of a married couple.
Either person can make claims on 50 per cent of the other’s property, savings or superannuation.
There is a time limit to make a claim for property settlement of two years, from the date of your separation.
De facto relationships are increasingly common in Australia, with the 2016 Census finding one in six Australians over the age of 15 were in a de facto relationship.
Source: Law Society
While Imogen has worked off-and-on as a model during their relationship, Kyle has been the one bringing in the big dollars, thanks to his lucrative radio contract.
Imogen’s previous modelling gigs include her appearance at Fashion Week in 2014, when she walked the runway for Bondi Bather.
She has also posed on the cover of Maxim magazine, starred in campaigns for PETA and appeared on several MTV shows, including an episode of Just Tattoo of Us.
Meanwhile, Kyle recently signed a reported $8million per year contract with KIIS FM radio – widely believed to be ‘the biggest media deal in Australian history’.
He has also pocketed serious money over the years thanks to his previous radio gig at 2Day FM and various TV appearances on Australian Idol, Celebrity Big Brother, Australia’s Got Talent, The X Factor, Meet the Hockers and his current TV show Trial by Kyle.
He may also be cashing in on royalties from the sale of his autobiography Scandalands, which was originally published in 2012.
Prior to their split, Kyle and Imogen were living together in a $3,000-a-week rented property in Sydney’s Hunters Hill.
The pair didn’t own the property and therefore won’t be able to claim for ownership in a property dispute.
However, the same cannot be said for their $2.9million farm in the NSW Southern Highlands, which Kyle and Imogen purchased in 2018.
Furthermore, the couple will need to divide ownership of the menagerie of farm animals that reside there.
Meanwhile, Kyle separately owns a mansion in Los Angeles, which he purchased for $5.5million in 2010.
Kyle is also the proud owner of an impressive collection of vehicles, estimated to be worth $5million in total.
The most recent addition is a Rolls-Royce Phantom, worth $1.3million.
Imogen owns a custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle worth over $18,750, and a second-hand Rolls-Royce worth around $650,000 – both gifted to her by Kyle.
The exes also boast an impressive collection of designer clothing, jewellery and furniture.
Kyle and Imogen’s business interests can also be divided following their split.
While Imogen tried her hand at selling fashion apparel under the now-defunct label, White Trash Royalty, Kyle has found enormous success in the business world with his investment group, King Kyle.
According to LinkedIn, King Kyle specialises in music projects, content creation, film production, radio, media and entertainment.
In 2014, the radio star launched coconut water brand H2Coco alongside model Lara Bingle.
In March this year, Kyle entered the consumer market once again, this time partnering up with winemakers Sam Bowman and David Kynaston to launch Nueva Sangria.
Kyle has also pocketed money from the Kings Cross nightclub, Piano Room, which he jointly ran with friend John Ibrahim before its closure in 2012.
THE LOVE STORY OF IMOGEN AND KYLE
2011: Imogen and Kyle meet at the radio star’s 40th birthday party and begin dating
2013: Kyle says he ‘could never be with anyone else’ if something happened to Imogen
2014: The couple attend the ARIAs together, where Kyle says their 20-year age gap ‘means nothing to him’
2015: Kyle gifts Imogen a Harley-Davidson motorcycle for Christmas
2016: Imogen reveals she and Kyle discuss marriage ‘all the time’ and hints at a possible engagement
2017: Kyle and Imogen move into a $5,000-a-week rented home in Mosman
2018: Kyle spends $3million on a three-hectare property in Robertson, NSW, where the couple operate a hobby farm
August, 2019: Imogen and Kyle move into an $8million mansion in Hunters Hill, on Sydney’s lower north shore
November, 2019: Kyle confirms the couple have split after ‘living separately for months’