Karl and Jasmine’s cheeky Christmas photo
KARL Stefanovic was his usual cheeky self on Christmas Day.
In his first ever public Christmas photo with his girlfriend, Jasmine Yarbrough, the Today show host appears to be doing something ... um ... interesting ... to a reindeer with his right hand.
The photo, which was posted on Yarbrough's Instagram page, is a rare glimpse into the notoriously private couple's relationship.
Stefanovic and Yarbrough got together last year, not long after he split from his wife of 21 years, Cassandra Thorburn.
The Channel Nine star was criticised by some for moving on so quickly, but in July he defended his actions in Stellar magazine.
"I certainly did not expect to meet someone five months after I broke up with my wife," Stefanovic said.
"That was not planned. I did not know her before. I met her on a boat in Sydney. We have a really lovely relationship, but it's got to be slow for a variety of reasons. I'm not going to share too much on that publicly because I don't think that's fair on anyone involved.
"It was unexpected and lovely, but we're going to try to keep a level of privacy to how we're going and what we're planning, especially considering I have three beautiful children who need to be taken into consideration."
Another person who needs to be taken into consideration is Stefanovic's ex-wife, who is still reeling from her split with the TV host.
In October Thorburn opened up to Woman's Day about the "dark days" she experienced after Stefanovic walked out on their marriage.
"I realised I was going through stages of grief, and to me it was like someone had died," she told the magazine.
"The children still have a father but I don't have a husband. He really is dead to me and no, we won't ever be friends again."
Adjusting to life as a single mother to the couple's three children Jackson, 18, Ava, 12 and River, 10, has clearly been tough.
"There were days in the beginning I would get up, put on a brave face and drop the kids at school, then I'd get to the back door and I would lie in a heap for the rest of the day unable to move - there were very dark days," Thorburn said.
"I was completely gazumped when I realised Karl had gone."