The Block

Inside the bitter break-ups, shock arrests and lost fortunes that have plagued contestants on The Block Australia

PHOTO: The Block has aired for an impressive 16 seasons, with talented contestants bagging themselves hundreds of thousands of dollars from their home renovations

Talented contestants have made hundreds of thousands of dollars from their amazing home renovations on The Block.

But while there’s many success stories from the popular Channel Nine series, the show has also been plagued with a string of controversies over the years.

From arrests, to surprise break-ups and an auction scandal, here are some of the biggest shocks to rock The Block.

Suzi Taylor:

Fall from grace: She rose to fame as a bubbly contestant on The Block in 2015, but has made headlines for the wrong reasons since. Pictured: Suzi Taylor (left) and The Block co-star Yvonne Cosier (right)

Fall from grace: She rose to fame as a bubbly contestant on The Block in 2015, but has made headlines for the wrong reasons since. Pictured: Suzi Taylor (left) and The Block co-star Yvonne Cosier (right)

Probably one of The Block‘s most controversial contestants, Suzi Taylor, 50, has hit headlines multiple times since finding fame on the show in 2015.

Darren Jolly:

Fame: Former AFL star Darren Jolly and his estranged wife, Deanne, were popular contestants on The Block, appearing twice in 2014 and 2015, and winning the latter season

Fame: Former AFL star Darren Jolly and his estranged wife, Deanne, were popular contestants on The Block, appearing twice in 2014 and 2015, and winning the latter season 

But the couple hit headlines two years ago, when they sadly announced they had ended their 15-year marriage.

After their split, Darren wrote on Instagram in October 2020 that he hadn’t been in contact with his two daughters since splitting from his wife in September 2019.

Fast forward to January 2021, and Darren set off alarm bells when he shared a troubling Instagram post where he claimed he could not ‘go on much longer’.

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