Guy Sebastian and his family thought they had put their troubles behind them in 2022, a year of terror in which the singer’s former manager was jailed, when they embarked on a lavish family vacation in the snowy fields of Japan.
But when the family returned home to Sydney last week, they found themselves in a new legal stoush with an old archenemy: their elderly neighbor.
Just a few days ago, Sebastian, 41, and his wife Jules Egan, 43, posted happy snaps on Instagram showing their visit to Disneyland Tokyo and sightseeing at Mount Fuji.
‘Core Memories Made!’ Egan wrote about the two-week vacation in Japan, above a photo of the family of four smiling in the snow.
“Very grateful to have the opportunity to visit such a beautiful country full of beautiful people, landscapes and of course food.”
In another post, he talked about his week-long trip to the ski town of Niseko, describing the scenery as “breathtaking.”
“I felt like I was living on a movie set,” he wrote.
Guy Sebastian took his wife Jules Egan and their two children to Japan. Family is pictured at Tokyo Disneyland
‘Core Memories Made!’ Ms. Egan posted online about her two-week vacation in Japan. She is pictured with Sebastian and his two children on Mount Fuji.
Sebastian and Egan returned from Japan, where they enjoyed some time on the slopes (pictured) to break into another legal venue, this time with an old neighbor.
On the way home, Egan made a brief stop in Dubai to see Beyoncé perform at the opening of the luxurious Atlantis the Royal hotel.
Things quickly turned sour, however, when the family returned to their multimillion-dollar beachside mansion in Maroubra, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
Police on Monday filed an apprehended violence warrant against Phillip Hanslow, 66, on Sebastian’s behalf, prohibiting him from contacting the singer or setting foot on his property.
Hanslow, who now lives in a semi-derelict house in south-west Sydney, faces charges of harassment and property damage after years of escalating tensions came to a head.
The former builder is alleged to have threatened Sebastian with death and is accused of tearing down the billionaire singer’s fence.
Sebastian declined to comment when approached by the Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday.
“It’s a private matter,” his spokesman said.
Meanwhile, Hanslow described the inaugural Australian Idol winner as “not a nice guy”.
Guy Sebastian has been branded “not a nice guy” by elderly neighbor Phillip Hanslow (pictured)
Phillip Hanslow and his wife Carole have not been living in the Maroubra house (pictured right of Guy Sebastian’s imposing estate)
Mr. Hanslow no longer lives next door to Sebastian, having left the home his terminally ill wife had owned for 37 years.
The couple now live in a dilapidated property in Carlton with their pet bird, Boo Boo.
But Mr. Hanslow, who was forced into retirement with the painful condition of fibromyalgia, still returns to his Maroubra home to work on renovations.
He is understood to be accused of confronting Sebastian on Monday, allegedly making death threats and damaging the fence.
Another resident witnessed the alleged incident and called the police, who charged Mr. Hanslow with stalking, attempting to cause bodily harm, and damaging property.
He will face Waverley Local Court on February 2.
It comes just months after Sebastian appeared in court to testify against his former manager, Titus Day, who was jailed for embezzling $600,000 from the singer.
Titus Day was jailed in November for embezzling $600,000 from Sebastian’s accounts (the singer and his former manager appear together).
Guy Sebastian says he’s ‘not the same person’ since his former manager embezzled more than $600,000 in a betrayal that the singer describes as ‘evil’. Sebastian is pictured with his wife Jules.
Sebastian, once one of Day’s closest friends, wrote an 1,800-word victim impact statement that was delivered after the jury returned their guilty verdict.
“I’m not the same person that I was,” he wrote.
‘I wish I could still see the world the same way, but every day I battle negative thoughts and have to remind myself that not everyone is capable of this.
“I’ve battled anger and resentment and I’m still not even close to being healed.”
Sebastian said that Day’s “sustained deception” led him to the “darkest points” of his life and career.
Day was jailed in November for a minimum of two and a half years in Sydney’s Downing Downtown District Court for withholding parts of Sebastian’s huge music earnings.
GUY SEBASTIAN’S NEIGHBORHOOD FIGHT
The bitter feud between Sebastian and Hanslow began in 2013 when Sebastian, 41, and his wife Jules Egan, 43, bought a property in Maroubra, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, for $3.1 million.
But when it is torn down to make way for his new dream home, the epic feud between Sebastian’s family and Mr. Hanslow breaks out.
Mr Hanslow claimed that demolition debris damaged his home when a ‘brick missile’ slammed into an outside wall, narrowly missing his living room window and his terminally ill wife Carole, who was watching the tv inside.
And he criticized the final design of the new house as an ugly fortress for its imposing, windowless façade, which runs all the way to the edge of his house.
Hanslow vowed to move out five years ago after he said two years of demolition work and construction on Sebastian’s house was wreaking havoc.
He claimed his driveway was regularly blocked and construction work continued into the evening.
SafeWork NSW was called to investigate the damage to his home and it was confirmed that a brick had fallen from a truck carrying demolition rubble, and the company was ordered to load it elsewhere.
“He was dangerous, if he had been much shorter he would have gone right through (the window),” Hanslow told Daily Mail Australia in 2017.
“My wife was sitting right inside that window watching TV.”
He said his wife was shaking when he returned that day and that he had tried to speak directly to Sebastian to resolve the issues in 2017, but the talks had broken down.
“He’s got a lot of money and we’re just little people,” she said at the time. He is not building a house, he is building a fortress.
Sebastian hit back at his neighbor in 2018, claiming that Mr. Hanslow’s dog had bitten him when he tried to discuss the issues.
“I have one of those neighbors… he’s a bit dirty with everyone,” Sebastian said on a radio show.
‘He’s one of those guys on the street who sits out front looking at everyone.
‘While I’m taking it, his dog comes up and bites me, twice. And I still kept the peace, saying: “Everything is fine.” And my leg is bleeding…’