A glamorous fashion designer posted a gushing birthday message to her friend just weeks before discovering she was having an affair with her husband. 

High-profile Sydney funds manager Charlie Aitken split from his wife of more than 20 years, Ellie Aitken, two weeks ago. The couple have two daughters together, aged 4 and 2.

Mr Aitken has since confirmed he’s in a relationship with her friend Hollie Nasser. Ms Nasser is the wife of Mr Aitken’s investment partner Chris Nasser.  

The affair has caused a major fallout for the company, Aitken Investment Management, with Mr Nasser resigning from his position as director of the board and Ms Aitken stepping down as an executive. 

Ellie Aitken (pictured left) shared a post to Instagram where she gushed about her close friend Hollie Nasser (pictured right)

Ellie Aitken (pictured left) shared a post to Instagram where she gushed about her close friend Hollie Nasser (pictured right)

Ellie Aitken (pictured left) shared a post to Instagram where she gushed about her close friend Hollie Nasser (pictured right)

Ellie Aitken and Charlie Aitken (pictured) were married for two decades and have two children together

Ellie Aitken and Charlie Aitken (pictured) were married for two decades and have two children together

Ellie Aitken and Charlie Aitken (pictured) were married for two decades and have two children together

The Aitkens founded the comany with Mr Nasser’s backing.

‘I can confirm I am separated from Ellie Aitken and am in a relationship with Hollie Nasser,’ Mr Aitken told the Daily Telegraph.

‘My sole focus is my children and I’ll make no further comment.’ 

Mr Nasser, a wealthy publican, has separated from his wife but remained tight-lipped about the split. 

‘While the affair has greatly impacted me and my children, it is a private matter and I do not wish to go into any detail about it.’

The affair has left many shocked as both couples had been friends for years. 

Ms Aitken is a former corporate mergers and acquisitions lawyer at Clayton Utz and one time director of the NSW Polo Association

Ms Aitken is a former corporate mergers and acquisitions lawyer at Clayton Utz and one time director of the NSW Polo Association

Ms Aitken is a former corporate mergers and acquisitions lawyer at Clayton Utz and one time director of the NSW Polo Association

Hollie Nasser is the wife of Mr Aitken's investment partner Chris Nasser (both pictured), they have also separated

Hollie Nasser is the wife of Mr Aitken's investment partner Chris Nasser (both pictured), they have also separated

Hollie Nasser is the wife of Mr Aitken’s investment partner Chris Nasser (both pictured), they have also separated

Weeks before the split was confirmed, Ms Aitken – a lawyer-turned fashion designer, shared a post to Instagram where she gushed about her close friend Hollie and shared multiple pictures of the two together. 

‘Happy happy birthday to my beautiful (Hollie). So lucky to have you in my life. Here’s to sharing many more good times together in the years to come.’

Mr Aitken has since moved out of the family and is now living with Ms Nasser in a serviced apartment in Bondi Junction.

Ms Aitken is a former corporate mergers and acquisitions lawyer at Clayton Utz and one time director of the NSW Polo Association. 

In 2011 however, she transitioned out of the legal sphere and into luxury lifestyle fashion with the launch of her label Aitken And Co. 

Source: DailyMail

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