Erica, James Packer’s former wife, shocks fans by revealing unexpected relationship with Shannon Bennett, Madeleine West’s ex-husband, during cozy beach date in Byron Bay.

Erica, James Packer’s former wife, shocks fans by revealing unexpected relationship with Shannon Bennett, Madeleine West’s ex-husband, during cozy beach date in Byron Bay.

Erica Packer, the glamorous ex-wife of billionaire casino magnate James Packer, has debuted a surprise new romance with celebrity chef Shannon Bennett. 

Shannon, 48, who is the ex partner of actress Madeleine West, was spotted enjoying a romantic beach date with Erica, 46, and their respective children in Byron Bay this week, as seen in photos published by The Sunday Telegraph. 

The photos show the pair packing on the PDA as they stroll down the beach, kissing and hugging as they soaked up the summer sunshine. 

The couple are reportedly staying at Shannon’s $2million beachfront property on the Belongil Beach peninsula, with his six children Phoenix, Hendrix, Xascha, Xanthe, Xahlia and Margaux. 

Erica’s children Indigo, Jackson and Emmanuelle – who she shares with ex James – are also apparently staying in the sprawling mansion.

Erica Packer, 46, (pictured) the glamorous ex-wife of billionaire casino magnate James Packer has debuted a surprise new romance with celebrity chef Shannon Bennett, 48, who is the ex-partner of actress Madeleine West

Shannon (pictured) was spotted enjoying a romantic beach date with Erica and their respective children in Byron Bay this week

Erica Packer, 46, (left) the glamorous ex-wife of billionaire casino magnate James Packer  has debuted a surprise new romance with celebrity chef Shannon Bennett, 48, (right) who is the ex-partner of actress Madeleine West

‘They weren’t flaunting it, but they certainly weren’t hiding it either,’ an onlooker told The Sunday Telegraph of the pair’s romance. 

‘They waited until the kids went in the house until they shared a cuddle and a kiss,’ they added. 

The source claimed Erica and Shannon’s children seemed to be getting on well, and spent the day riding electric bikes by the beach.

'They weren't flaunting it, but they certainly weren't hiding it either,' an onlooker told The Sunday Telegraph of the pair's romance. 'They waited until the kids went in the house until they shared a cuddle and a kiss,' they added

‘They weren’t flaunting it, but they certainly weren’t hiding it either,’ an onlooker told The Sunday Telegraph of the pair’s romance. ‘They waited until the kids went in the house until they shared a cuddle and a kiss,’ they added

The pair reportedly later dined at trendy eatery The Farm for lunch before heading home. 

James and Erica married in 2007 and later split in 2013, but are on good terms as they co-parent their three children.

Erica reportedly received a $100 million divorce payment, and purchased a family home in Los Angeles shortly after the break-up.

READ MORE: Erica Packer finalises transfer of $4.3million Vaucluse house to sister Joanna

 

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James also bought an $80million Los Angeles mansion so he could be closer to Erica and their children whenever he was in town.

‘James’ main priority at the moment is the wellbeing of his kids,” a family friend told The Daily Telegraph at the time of the divorce. 

When Erica visits Sydney, she often lives with her former husband and their children at James’ $72 million Crown penthouse home. 

The ex-couple are so close that they often enjoy family holidays together. 

In contrast, Shannon’s relationship with ex partner Madeleine is not as amicable. 

Shannon, who rose to fame on MasterChef Australia, split from Madeleine in September 2018 after 13 years of dating.

Madeleine later stated the separation process ‘turned love toxic’.

Two years after their breakup, she left Melbourne and moved to the Byron Bay area to be near their six children, buying her own $4.6million property overlooking Tallow Beach.

In May 2022, Shannon said Madeleine saw their children fortnightly, while they spend the remainder of the time with him.

‘The kids live with me full time and they visit their mother every fortnight for a few days,’ he told the Herald Sun at the time. 

Erica married James in 2007, and they later split in 2013. Pictured together in 2005

Erica married James in 2007, and they later split in 2013. Pictured together in 2005 

Madeleine spent this year embroiled in court battles with Benny Bennett, Shannon’s elderly father, who took out an AVO against her after an alleged clash at the chef’s Byron mansion in 2022. 

A magistrate enforced the AVO describing Madeleine as an ‘evasive’ and unreliable witness, and her alleged treatment of her ex father-in-law, 75, as ‘verging on being aggressive’.

But the decision was thrown out when Madeleine appealed to the NSW District Court and won in a ruling by Judge Jonathan Priestley who said ‘the evidence of facts supporting them is light on, and not supported by’ the footage from five different CCTV cameras around Shannon Bennett’s home.

Madeleine (right) and Shannon split after 13 years and six children together in 2018, with West later stating the separation process 'turned love toxic'

Madeleine (right) and Shannon split after 13 years and six children together in 2018, with West later stating the separation process ‘turned love toxic’ 

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