Billy Brownless and Garry Lyon are finally in 'good spot' five years after he ...

Billy Brownless has spoken of how the dust has finally settled from his spat with Garry Lyon after he ran off with his wife and moved in with his children.

The affair sent shockwaves through the AFL community in 2016 after it emerged Lyon - Brownless' best mate and Footy Show colleague - had started a relationship with Billy's wife of 18 years, Nicky.

Brownless was at the time open with his emotions over the messy family feud - claiming Nicky and Lyon had earlier told them they were 'just good friends'.

'You don't touch a man's wallet; you don't touch his wife,' he famously told the program's audience after Nicky's new relationship was made public. 

Five years on, Brownless said he was in a 'good spot' with both his ex-wife and Lyon - while admitting the process of reconciliation had 'taken time'.

Billy Brownless and Nicky Brownless (left) with Gary Lyon and Melissa Lyon (right) in 2012. Lyon famously started a relationship with Nicky - Billy Brownless' wife of 18 years

Billy Brownless and Nicky Brownless (left) with Gary Lyon and Melissa Lyon (right) in 2012. Lyon famously started a relationship with Nicky - Billy Brownless' wife of 18 years

Brownless and Lyon (left and right) in 2013.  'You don't touch a man's wallet; you don't touch his wife,' Brownless said over the family tensions at the time

Brownless and Lyon (left and right) in 2013.  'You don't touch a man's wallet; you don't touch his wife,' Brownless said over the family tensions at the time

Brownless, 53, addressed the issue with fellow AFL greats Sam Newman and Don Scott on an episode of the pair's You Cannot Be Serious podcast.

'You know I'm going to ask you this - people want to know how you and Garry Lyon are going on,' Newman said at the tail end of the podcast posted on Tuesday.

'At the time you go through all different emotions of course,' Brownless responded. '"Why me?" and a bit of hatred of course.

'But now mate, it's been four or five years, I’ve come around and everyone is in a good spot to be honest. Garry and Nicky are - that's fine - and the kids are.

'That was the other big problem. Young Maxy was about 10, Oscar was about 14, the girls [Lucy and Ruby] were 16, 17.' 

Brownless admitted it was a 'shame' the fallout had occurred given how close he was to his friend - with Newman recalling how they had all enjoyed a trip away in the years before for Lyon's 40th birthday.

'It was so public - that was the biggest problem. It was so public. On TV, in the papers, front page of the Geelong Addy,' Brownless said.  

Brownless with his daughters Lucy and Ruby at Flemington Racecourse in 2017. Brownless said in a podcast published on Tuesday the break-up had been more difficult by the young age of his children. Young Maxy was about 10, Oscar was about 14, the girls were 16, 17,' he said

Brownless with his daughters Lucy and Ruby at Flemington Racecourse in 2017. Brownless said in a podcast published on Tuesday the break-up had been more difficult by the young age of his children. Young Maxy was about 10, Oscar was about 14, the girls were 16, 17,' he said

Garry Lyon and Nicky Brownless at a memorial for Danny Frawley in September 2019.  Brownless said he was now in a 'good spot' with both his ex-wife and Lyon

Garry Lyon and Nicky Brownless at a memorial for Danny Frawley in September 2019.  Brownless said he was now in a 'good spot' with both his ex-wife and Lyon

'It was hard at the time because it was so public and I’d walk into a coffee shop and I'd swear everyone was looking at me and talking about me - and they weren't.'

Brownless conceded though he had not fully regained the friendship with Lyon they once had - saying the pair 'might be' able to be mates like before at some point.

'There's no Christmas cards yet but we have spoken a couple of times,' he said.  

'The kids live with Garry and Nicky and things like that.'

When probed on how long it had taken for him to move on from the split, Brownless said two years

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