Joost van der Westhuizen and Amor Vittone were supposed to be South Africa’s Posh and Becks, but that didn’t exactly go to plan.
The two divorced in somewhat acrimonious circumstances, and over the years various details have emerged that show they might not have been on the best terms before Joost’s death last year.
Front and centre is the audio from those alleged calls between the two, where Amor belittles the former Springbok.
Now, in a damning judgement that once more reflects poorly on her, Amor was described as “lacking in compassion in trying to overturn his most recent will”.
Here’s the Citizen:
A high court judge in Pretoria has lashed singer Amor Vittone’s denial that her late husband, rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen, was no longer able to hold a pen when he drew up a new will as “scandalous” and her conduct towards him as “lacking respect and compassion”.
Judge Hans Fabricius yesterday [Monday] granted an order to Joost’s brother Pieter and attorney Ferdinand Hartzenberg, declaring his 2015 will to be valid and reflecting his last wishes. The master of the high court was instructed to accept the will and appoint Pieter as the executor of his brother’s estate.
Amor was also ordered to the pay the legal costs relating to the application.
In terms of the will Amor inherits only a television set while the bulk of Joost’s estate is left in trust to his children, aged 13 and 11. The will also makes it clear that Amor may not get any direct benefit from the trust and that Joost wanted his children to maintain a good relationship with his parents and brothers.
The only thing she inherits is a TV set? Yeah, I think we can conclude that Joost and her weren’t on the best of terms, then.
Amor had argued that the 2015 will was not valid, arguing that a 2009 will, where she was Joost’s only heir, was the valid one.
The judge made further damning observations:
The judge remarked that this was not the way to treat someone you once were in love with, or how you should treat your children.
He said it was probably best to say as little as possible about Amor’s affidavit because of issues relating to respect and compassion, adding that he would have expected more than a denial of Joost’s physical and mental condition, which was no defence.
Almost like that song she dedicated to Joost was a PR stunt or something.
Via IOL, Joost’s brother Peter was very happy:
— Zelda Venter (@ZeldaVenter) November 12, 2018
Ferdinand Hartzenberg also dished a little extra dirt during proceedings:
He said Joost had often complained to him about Amor’s extramarital affairs and was so concerned that there would be nothing left for the children because of her spending habits that he set up the J9 Trust to ensure the children’s finances were properly managed.
He said Joost wanted to go ahead with their divorce in 2015, but kept it back after her father asked him to do so because she did not want negative publicity before the launch of her new CD. His condition deteriorated so badly thereafter that he was no longer able to proceed with the divorce.
Hopefully the family can now put all of this behind them, and Amor can move on, too.
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