Stephanie Rice confirms split with soldier boyfriend and says she's 'happy and free' following 'really challenging relationship'

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Stephanie Rice has confirmed that she is single following her split with former soldier Dane Christison.

In a video posted to her Instagram page on Friday, the Olympic swimmer said she is 'happy' following the break up.

'When I moved, I really wanted to share a lot more of the journey with you guys in real time' the 35-year-old began.

'I just was going through the deepest healing. I was in a really challenging relationship at the time, when we broke up, I felt the peace of God was upon me. I felt like I felt free. I felt happy' she added.

Stephanie said that her new life in Dubai, where she moved in November 2023, has lifted a weight off her shoulders.

Stephanie Rice has confirmed that she is single following her split with former soldier Dane Christison. Pictured together

Stephanie Rice has confirmed that she is single following her split with former soldier Dane Christison. Pictured together

'For the first time, I realised the heaviness that I was carrying. I just felt like it all lifted off me, and I feel like I'm in this amazing place now where I feel so happy, so content,' she said.

The athlete went on to thank god for the positive progress in her life.

'God is so good. I'm seeing so many fruits of the amazing things God has given me, and I want to be able to share a lot more of what's kind of happened over the past six months' she said.

'Now that I have a lot more clarity, a lot more peace, and a lot more happiness.'

In a video posted to her Instagram page on Friday, the Olympic swimmer said she is 'happy' following the break up

In a video posted to her Instagram page on Friday, the Olympic swimmer said she is 'happy' following the break up

Stephanie deleted images of her boyfriend from her Instagram page back in March and had not mentioned him in some weeks.

In a recent post to the platform, Stephanie detailed her upcoming plans, again not mentioning Dane.

'Back in Australia for a jam packed two weeks! It been such a blessing to be back here to see my friends and family and progress some excited work commitments,' she wrote in her caption alongside a series of images.

'I was asked to speak last week at Christian charity event and I have another speaking even later in my trip, along with a photoshoot for a new brand partner which is truly so exciting. I had 10 days in between those commitments so I thought, why not punch out another intensity MBA course… let's just go hard and do it all,' she added.

'I was in a really challenging relationship at the time, when we broke up, I felt the peace of God was upon me. I felt like I felt free. I felt happy' she said

'I was in a really challenging relationship at the time, when we broke up, I felt the peace of God was upon me. I felt like I felt free. I felt happy' she said

'I love it though. I love the intensity, pressure and focus … it really brings out the best in me. I'm looking forward to heading back to Dubai shortly but this trip to Australia has been rewarding in so many ways.'

The post lead to fans asking about the absence of her boyfriend.

'Have you broken up with your man, we haven't seen anything with him since you've been in town?' one person asked in the comments.

'That's what I was wondering too,' another agreed while one more said, 'Yes and she didn't mention him in her schedule'.

Late last year Rice shared a series of loved-up photos of herself and Christison, 41, on Instagram from New York, telling her followers the pair met through a church connection.

Stephanie deleted images of her boyfriend from her Instagram page back in March and had not mentioned him in some weeks

Stephanie deleted images of her boyfriend from her Instagram page back in March and had not mentioned him in some weeks

'I never would have expected the year to end this way!!' Rice wrote in an Instagram post.

'Giving my life to God, following his call to move my life to Dubai, meeting you on my first week at church in Brisbane and spending our first Christmas together in New York.

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'I can't tell you how long I've waited for this. You just have to keep faith in his plan and in his timing.

'God is so so good and I can't wait to see what he has in store for 2024.'

Rice also shared videos on her Instagram stories showing her holiday in the United States, including a road trip and a train journey through the picturesque Colorado Rockies.

Another video showed the pair driving in a car together while listening to worship music.

Christison previously served in East Timor (Timor–Leste) and Iraq.

He now runs a business called Survive to Thrive Nation which coaches current and former service personnel in how to successfully transition back to civilian life.

'We are training people to go to war but we're not training them to come home,' he said in a SBS Viceland documentary.

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