Sydney’s eastern suburbs have been rocked by the collapse of another high-profile marriage, one year after Ellie and Charlie Aitken’s controversial split. News of their recent split apparently came as a shock to their circle of friends, with one telling Sunday Confidential: ‘We all can’t believe their marriage has ended.’
Businessman Jean-Marc Carriol and his skincare mogul wife Kirsten, once regarded as Sydney’s ‘original It couple’, have reportedly ended their 20-year marriage.
Kirsten is the founder of Lanolips, a multimillion-dollar beauty company that sells skin ointments made from Australian lanolin. Jean-Marc is the former director of perfume mega-company Trimex, and is now the chairman of Saint Germain holdings.
The brand has been endorsed by celebrities such as Gigi Hadid and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, while its signature product ‘101 Ointment’ is so popular that one sells every minute.
The former couple are now living separately, reports Confidential, with Jean-Marc staying at their marital home in Vaucluse while Kirsten lives at a property in Paddington. They share joint custody of their two children.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Carriols for comment. The Carriols’ surprise split comes a year after a high-society love triangle sent Sydney’s eastern suburbs into a tizzy. Eyebrows were raised in late 2021 when socialite Hollie Nasser announced she was dating investment banker Charlie Aitken, the husband of her best friend Ellie.
The relationship began shortly after Charlie and Ellie’s marriage broke down. Complicating things further was the fact Mr Aitken was in business with Ms Nasser’s investor husband, Christopher.
Ms Nasser and Mr Aitken spent several months in a love bubble. They were trying to take things slow, but intense public scrutiny of their relationship added a level of pressure they didn’t expect or know how to handle.
‘She never wanted it,’ a friend said. ‘She just wanted to get back to being a mum. Hollie really just wants to move on with her life.’ Hollie confirmed in May she had split from Charlie, telling The Sunday Telegraph the romance was over and she was focusing on her children.
The Nassers and Aitkens were two of Sydney’s power couples before a scandalous love triangle tore them apart. She reportedly confided in friends she was struggling with all the attention the relationship brought her.