Despite hitting a rocky patch, Ada Nicodemou is doing all she can to rescue her faltering marriage, reports Anthony Stavrinos.
Looking forlorn and distressed, Home And Away star Ada Nicodemou cut a sad and lonely figure as she set off for her day’s work commitments last Monday.
The normally upbeat and energetic actress fans know and love as eternally optimistic Leah Patterson-Baker on the hit soap looked like a woman who’d had the wind knocked out of her. And for good reason.
Just the day before, reports had made their way to a Sydney newspaper that her three-year marriage to Sydney restaurateur Chrys Xipolitas was all but over.
And as news of their split broke, it seemed the couple had decided to cut their losses and go their separate ways. Ada was even spotted without her beautiful engagement ring.
Rumours of marital problems have been circulating since last year, with one family friend saying they’d been separated for weeks.
“Her family thought Chrys was the luckiest man in the world to get Ada,” the friend reports. “No-one was surprised when cracks began showing.”
But just when friends thought an official announcement was imminent, Woman’s Day can exclusively reveal that Ada, 32, slipped her wedding ring back on and decided to give their marriage another shot after a counselling session with 36-year-old Chrys.
There is no doubt the couple, who married in February 2007, haven’t had the easiest of unions. They’ve struggled with hectic work schedules, heartbreaking fertility issues, a devastating fire at Chrys’s restaurant and his tragic battle with depression.
It’s this last problem that has reportedly brought the pair back together, with Ada standing by Chrys as he deals with the debilitating illness.
Friends have speculated that the couple’s problems began after Zippo’s, the seafood restaurant Chrys co-owns in Sydney’s Blakehurst, was gutted by fire soon after they married. The blaze put great financial pressure on them.
For the story see this week's Woman's Day, on sale April 19, 2010.