In a heart-wrenching turn of events, Charlie Newling, the reality TV star known for his appearance on ‘The Bachelorette,’ has met an untimely demise at the tender age of 36. The news of his passing has sent shockwaves throughout Sydney’s eastern suburbs, leaving a community in mourning.
Just two short months after welcoming his second child, a precious daughter, Charlie’s life took a devastating turn. The star, who initially captured hearts as a frontrunner on Ali Oetjen’s season of ‘The Bachelorette’ in 2018, met a tragic end when his car plummeted off a cliff in the picturesque Dover Heights area of Sydney. The incident occurred late on a fateful Saturday night, sending shock and grief rippling through the community.
Local residents were the first to respond, alerting the authorities as they discovered Charlie’s car engulfed in flames at the base of a daunting 70-meter cliff at Raleigh Reserve. Police and ambulance workers rushed to the scene, but it was already too late.
The tragedy is further compounded by the fact that Charlie Newling had recently celebrated the arrival of his daughter, a new addition to his family with partner Kristal Taylor, just eight weeks prior. Alongside this joy, he was also a loving father to a 13-year-old son from a previous relationship. The weight of this loss is immeasurable.
Charlie’s journey on ‘The Bachelorette’ was a rollercoaster, earning him the endearing nickname ‘Mr. Perfect’ for his strong commitment to family values. Yet, his time on the show was marred by controversy as fans criticized his behavior towards Ali Oetjen, particularly his reluctance to introduce her to his family until they were in an exclusive relationship.
The drama didn’t end there. Mere days after his departure from ‘The Bachelorette,’ footage emerged of a confrontation outside The Golden Sheaf in Double Bay, where Charlie was seen being wrestled to the ground. He explained that he had been celebrating with friends after appearing on ‘The Project’ that night and had been drinking when the altercation with bouncers occurred around 10:50 PM.
As the dust settled, it was revealed that Charlie had an eight-year-old son from a previous relationship, information he had not disclosed during his time on the reality show. This revelation added another layer of complexity to his already tumultuous journey.
His life took an even darker turn in September 2022 when he was sentenced to 13 months in prison for sending a series of threatening text messages, totaling 37 in just three hours. The messages contained chilling statements of violence towards his stepfather, and the court heard about his difficult childhood, including caring for his biological father after an accident left him paraplegic. Tragically, his father passed away in 2018 from an overdose of pain medication.
Throughout these trials and tribulations, Charlie Newling worked as a builder, maintaining a low profile after his ‘Bachelorette’ fame. However, his struggle with alcohol abuse became public knowledge when he was convicted of a mid-range drink driving offense in 2021.
Despite the difficulties he faced, Magistrate Ross Hudson recognized the importance of considering the fear and torment inflicted by Charlie’s messages. Consequently, he handed down a 13-month prison sentence, to be served in the community.
It’s important to note that Saturday night’s fatal crash is not being treated as suspicious, according to a police spokesman. The circumstances surrounding Charlie Newling’s untimely passing are undoubtedly tragic, and our hearts go out to his family, friends, and all those touched by his journey.
In the face of this heartbreaking loss, let us remember Charlie for the complex and multifaceted individual he was, who, like us all, faced his share of struggles and triumphs.