Three months after his whirlwind engagement, Jarryd Hayne was found guilty.
Jarryd Hayne's rollercoaster marriage has been through enough to test any partnership. His partner, on the other hand, has never left his side.
Jarryd Hayne was convicted of sexual assault, but he is still dating.
After three days of jury deliberation, the NRL superstar was found guilty of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent on Monday.
Since his first trial in Newcastle last year ended in a hung jury, the 33-year-wife old's Amelia Bonnici has been by his side during his seven-day retrial in Sydney's Downing Centre District Court.
Bonnici has made a concerted effort to demonstrate public support for her husband, frequently attending court and holding hands with her partner as they left the building in front of photographers.
After a rocky start to their relationship and a time of living apart, the pair has been through enough to test every marriage.
When Hayne is sentenced on May 6 in Newcastle District Court, the partnership will be put to the ultimate test.
Hayne and Bonnici met in 2016 after he returned to the NRL with the Titans after a stint in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers.
Bonnici became pregnant quickly, and Hayne moved her to his Gold Coast home. However, the pair eventually broke up when she returned to Sydney, and Hayne returned to the Parramatta Eels for the 2018 NRL season, inspired by his desire to be closer to Bonnici and their first child, Beliviah Ivy, who was born in 2017.
Their partnership had previously withstood Hayne's civil rape case, which was settled in 2019.
After meeting her at a bar while playing for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, Hayne was accused of sexually assaulting her at his apartment in California in 2015.
Following a private settlement, the case was "voluntarily dismissed" by the US District Court.
In 2020, Hayne was charged with new crimes, but he and Bonnici have been together since then, and they married on Boxing Day
Their whirlwind engagement lasted just four weeks before the couple declared their marriage on January 26, just 55 days ago, in a lavish ceremony.
Hayne shared the good news with a bible verse in the caption of an Instagram post.
“Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, and the LORD favors him.” With the image of Bonnici showing off her engagement ring, Hayne wrote Proverbs 18:22 NKJV.
“It's been a wild ride. But I praise God for what the Holy Spirit has accomplished through us. We are only here by God's grace, and we are ready to move together as Husband and Wife (sic),” he said, adding a love heart emoji.
The couple married in secret, but word of their nuptials spread soon after the couple's first kiss as a married couple during their January wedding at the Pullman Magenta Shores resort on NSW's Central Coast, in front of only 50 guests.
At the last minute, the location was kept a secret.
Bonnici, 29, wore a classic white dress while Hayne wore a cream suit and white shirt.
“Five years ago, on January 26th, we met. Thank you, God, for sorting us out and letting us know who we were supposed to be,” Hayne wrote.
“Thank you to everyone who came out yesterday, particularly our families and friends. We had a great time with you all.
“It was disappointing that we did not have the chance to make the announcement ourselves.”
Hayne faces the prospect of a jail term less than nine weeks later.
In September 2018, he pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting the then 26-year-old woman at her home in Fletcher, on Newcastle's outskirts.
Last year's trial in Newcastle resulted in a hung jury, but this time a jury of seven men and five women found him guilty of having oral and digital sex with the woman without her consent.
The woman said she refused to agree to sex because the ex-Parramatta fullback had a taxi waiting outside during her testimony, which was replayed from Hayne's first trial.
He'd been in Newcastle for a two-day buck's party and had arranged to pay a cab driver $550 to take him back to Sydney, where he had a midnight function at Alexandria.
The woman, who requested not to be identified for legal purposes, said she decided there was "no way" she was going to agree to sex when she heard the taxi beeping outside her bedroom window.
Since 2018, Hayne hasn't played in the NRL.
Hayne took a holiday to the Middle East with Parramatta teammates Tim Mannah and Michael Jennings after the NSW Sex Crimes Squad's inquiry into the incident became public.
After returning to Australia, he turned himself in at Ryde Police Station in Sydney, where he was convicted and released on strict bail terms.
In mid-2019, he was given permission to move to Western Australia to attend a six-month missionary training course at the Youth With A Mission center.
Hayne shared a dorm-style room with other men near the evangelical Christian center's training campus, where he was forced to attend lectures and refrain from drinking alcohol.
In July of that year, he returned to Newcastle for a short visit to officially sign a not guilty plea and speak to the media for the first time as he left court.
“I want to be clear: I am not guilty of these charges,” Hayne said. “This has been a difficult time for my family... but justice will be done.”
Hayne has been seen playing basketball in Marrickville, Sydney's inner-west, and working out with former Eels teammates in Merrylands after returning to NSW from Perth late last year.
He's also used his Twitter account to provide occasional updates on sports, including The Last Dance, a documentary on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, the NFL, and his beloved Eels.