‘Secret life’ of former NRL boss’ wife
The wife of former NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg has opened up about her alcohol addiction which spurred her husband and children to walk out of their family home.
Speaking exclusively to Body and Soul, Lisa Greenberg detailed how her condition drove the marriage to breaking point.
The 51-year-old fitness consultant said her reliance on alcohol ramped up after her husband took over as the NRL's chief executive in 2016.
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Lisa habitually concealed her addiction, drinking two bottles of wine per day from takeaway coffee cups.
Rock bottom came nearly three years ago when Todd and their two adult children walked out on her in 2018, spurring her to seek professional help.
"I was given an ultimatum by my family. They said if you're going to drink again we are going to leave. I promised them I wouldn't, and I meant it," Lisa told Body and Soul.
"But they came home and I was drinking, so they packed up and left.
"I was supposed to be the epitome of health and fitness, but I had this whole secret life.
"I was broken, defeated, suicidal. I just thought I didn't deserve to be on this planet."
Lisa has been sober since June 2018, and Todd believes their marriage has never been stronger, calling her wife a hero.
"Our story could have gone a number of different ways, but now Lisa is in the best phase of her life and it's definitely brought us closer," Todd told Body and Soul.
"I'm a private person … but ultimately, I can see the impact Lisa telling her story will have on others. It will help more than it will hinder."
The couple met when Todd was 21, and within four years they had married and started a family together.
After stepping down from his role in the NRL last year, Todd is set to become the chief executive of the Australian Cricketers Association next week.
"I would like to thank the ACA board and the players for the opportunity to advocate for them. I have a long history with cricket - it's the game I first fell in love with - and am looking forward to the opportunity to work closely on their behalf in partnership with Cricket Australia and the state associations for the good of the game," Greenberg said in January.
"This is a role that comes with great responsibility and I am very much looking forward to meeting and speaking to as many players and members as I can over the coming months."
Read the full interview with Lisa Greenberg on Body and Soul
Originally published as 'Secret life' of former NRL boss' wife