Derick Hougaard's heartfelt message to teammates days after ex Karlien announces she's engaged to new beau

By Marelize Potgieter
19 September 2016

Derick is focusing on the love he has for his "brothers" in the wake of his popstar ex-wife's unexpected engagement announcement.

While singer Karlien van Jaarsveld’s happiness knew no bounds after her recent engagement to Joe Breytenbach, her ex-husband, Derick Hougaard, took a moment to pay tribute to his former teammates. Karlien announced this weekend that she and her boyfriend of the past few months became engaged during a romantic holiday in Mozambique.

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Shortly after the announcement on Saturday afternoon the former Blue Bull retweeted articles about his his ex-wife’s engagement. Many fans gave him encouragement.
"Courage, I don’t have words," one fan tweeted.
"Today my heart broke for you. I know it’s not nice or easy. Look after yourself. Thinking of you," said another. Derick thanked each of these fans personally.

On Monday the rugby hero posted a melancholy message in which he said he was longing for his teammates on Facebook. “Why do we lose contact and why is life so busy that we all use it as an excuse,” he wrote.

“Life is so busy I don’t get to everything. Although there is a measure of truth to this we must make time for what’s important.”

Derick wrote about his longing for his former teammates, “guys who literally put their lives on the line for me. Who protected me. Who were my brothers for a decade.”

The sports star admits it’s difficult to thank his teammates for everything they did for him. “No words are moving enough to describe my feelings,” he says. But he doesn’t regret anything, except not playing more matches with certain “legends”.

“Thank you that we were able to do things many people thought impossible. We were successful,” he adds.

Many of Derick’s fans shared words of support below his entry. “Dear Derick, with my tail between my legs I apologise from the depths of my heart,” wrote Nikita Adendorff. “It’s a woman’s instinct to stand up for other women, and that’s what I did for Karlien. But I was shocked to my soul to hear that she was engaged, of all things, because your rings haven’t been off long enough to gather dust.”

“Our darling, courage,” wrote Suzie Niemandt. Veronica Venter wrote, “If I could be in front of you I would give you a hug and say, ‘Everything is going to be all right; everything will work out as it should.’”

Derick ended his post with the words, “Thanks for everything, but this is just the beginning. I hope we have many more good, golden moments waiting.”

“Love, Derick”

Read Derick’s complete post here:

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