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Socialite whose financial husband ran away with his best friend and ruined two marriages flees to the United States

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As her life and marriage grabbed the headlines, Ellie Aitken fled Sydney with her children to an American ski resort.

The high-society love triangle became the talk of the town after her husband Charlie Aitken, 48, admitted his romance with Ellie’s former best friend, Hollie Nasser.

The lawyer and socialite, 42, has tried to keep a low profile ever since and has confessed to grappling with the sudden rise of the unknown outside of the eastern suburbs to a national talking point.

Ellie Aitken (pictured left) and ex-husband Charlie Aitken (pictured right) at happier times

Love triangle - from left to right Christopher and Hollie Nasser with Ellie and Charlie Aitken

Love triangle – from left to right Christopher and Hollie Nasser with Ellie and Charlie Aitken

Ms. Nasser was married to Christopher Nasser, Mr. Aitken’s long-time business partner and investor.

In a city that loves gossip, the Aitken / Nasser tangle meant their profiles were uplifted whether they liked it or not.

Ellie is said to have now kept a low profile on another continent – she and her two children have gone to the posh ski town of Aspen, Colorado, in the United States.

She took off from Sydney on Wednesday for a quiet break in the Rocky Mountains, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

They will ski and be happy to have the chance to avoid the limelight in a small town where no one knows them – and all the photographers out there are much more interested in the Hollywood elite who flock to Aspen for a White Christmas.

Ellie Aitken fled Sydney to the ski town of Aspen, Colorada, which is lovely this time of year

Ellie Aitken fled Sydney to the ski town of Aspen, Colorada, which is lovely this time of year

The glamorous lawyer, the wealthy fund manager, the investment banker and the socialite: in the dramatic life of two high society couples as an outrageous love triangle tears them apart

The glamorous lawyer, the wealthy fund manager, the investment banker and the socialite: in the dramatic life of two high society couples as an outrageous love triangle tears them apart

Ms Aitken released a moving statement before she took to the skies, admitting she was not facing the public fallout from her relationship breakdown.

“The truth is, despite the support of my friends and family, I haven’t dealt well with the deeply hurtful lies, gossip and innuendo that surrounded the breakdown of my relationship,” she said.

She announced that she would “take a break from social media” and public view as she and her family adjust to the separation and her ex-husband’s new relationship.

“I had tried to be courageous and deal with my feelings and well-being despite having no control over the reasons for my grief.”

Ellie and Charlie briefly put their differences aside and smiled for the camera with their son during his rugby team’s awards show.

She posted the photos to Instagram just hours after the photos confirmed her husband, a 19-year-old investment banker, had settled in with her new sweetheart and former best friend, Hollie Nasser, 36.

Ms Aitken claimed that she had been “pushed to [her] limit, ”which resulted in a malicious Instagram post calling Ms. Nasser.

In a post before taking a break from social media, Ms Aitken accused her former friend of “harassing” her and exposed a series of texts between the two women.

Charlie Aitken (pictured left) and ex-wife Ellie (pictured right) showed courage on their son's rugby awards day (front pictured)

Charlie Aitken (pictured left) and ex-wife Ellie (pictured right) showed courage on their son’s rugby awards day (front pictured)

Ms Aitken shared a private text she received from Ms Nasser to Instagram accusing her of “playing the role of the victim” and blaming her for “ruining her marriage”.

“Ellie, there’s no point in us talking anymore,” Ms. Nasser’s message begins.

“I can’t believe after … that you’re out there playing victim and I’ve ruined your perfect marriage.”

While Ellie is in Aspen, her ex-husband Charlie is said to have returned to the family home in North Bondi – at least until his ex-wife and their children return.

For the past few weeks, he’s been roughing it out in a serviced apartment above the noisy Bondi Junction bus interchange.

He will, however, have Scout, the family Labrador, for company now that he’s back home for the time being.

HIGH SOCIETY SPLIT – THE TIMELINE

September:

Ellie Aitken, lawyer turned fashion designer, joins investment firm Pallas, rival of her husband’s company Aitken Investment Management

October 16:
Ms Aitken posts a bouncy birthday message to her friend Hollie Nasser, saying that she is “so lucky to have you in my life”.

November 12:

It is publicly revealed that Aitken and Nasser’s marriages have both ended.

November 13:

Mr. Nasser, who is Mr. Aitken’s business partner at Aitken Investment Management, resigns as a director of the board of directors and is replaced by his brother Damien.

Ms Aitken also resigned as a senior executive at the company over the same weekend.

Days later, police issue an apprehended domestic violence order against Mr. Nasser on behalf of his ex-wife.

November 27:

Mr. Aitken confirms that he is in a relationship with Ms. Nasser.

“I can confirm that I am estranged from Ellie Aitken and in a relationship with Hollie Nasser,” Aitken said.

“My only goal is my kids and I won’t comment further. “

December 3:

Mr Nasser speaks about AVO and announces that he plans to fight the allegations when the case goes to court on December 15.

Mr Aitken is pictured shopping with Ms Nasser and taking items to her home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

Later that evening, Ms Aitken posted photos of herself alongside Mr Aitken at their son’s rugby awards party.

December 4:

Ms Nasser’s car is revealed to have been vandalized, with someone scratching the word ‘bitch’ on one of the doors

December 5:

Ms Aitken leaks the passionate messages between her and Ms Nasser as their friendship deteriorates.

Mr. Aitken is then seen at the family home, embroiled in a confrontation with Ellie as he picks up his clothes.

The Nasser are also spotted with their children.

December 7:

Ellie Aitken reveals she is going to “take a social media break” as she grapples with the fallout from her marriage breakdown.

“The truth is, despite the support of my friends and family, I haven’t dealt well with the deeply hurtful lies, gossip and innuendo that surrounded the breakdown of my relationship,” she said.

“I had tried to be courageous and deal with my feelings and well-being despite having no control over the reasons for my grief.”

It is also revealed that Mr. Nasser withdrew up to $ 7.5 million from Mr. Aitken’s company.