LARA ON MICHAEL: "THE BEST THING I EVER DID WAS LEAVE"

They were Australia's hottest couple, but model Lara Bingle says leaving Michael Clarke was the best thing she ever did.

Following revelations in The Sunday Telegraph last week that Ricky Ponting blamed her for alienating the test cricketer from his teammates, Bingle says she was not happy as a WAG.

"I felt like I was just living his dream," she said.

"And there are girls that are happy to do that, but I require more for myself. I need to be stimulated more than that."

"The best thing I ever did was leave," she said. "I got to experience all these opportunities.

"Otherwise, I kid you not, I would have three children by now."

Bingle, 26, who is now dating Sam Worthington, tells today's Sunday Style magazine she never saw herself getting married, despite becoming engaged to the cricket captain in 2008.

"I never saw myself walking up an aisle," she said. "I was 19 when I got engaged."

Since their split three years ago, Bingle and Clarke, who married model Kyly Boldy last year, have remained on good terms, she said.

"We're still friends. He just can't believe how I 'turned the ship around'."

She revealed she still gives Pup career advice - particularly following his loss of the Ashes this year.

"The perception [of him] is not that amazing, she said. "His job is very robotic. If [only] he was just himself."

Read the full interview in today's Sunday Style.

Source: Herald Sun
Published: 20th October 2013