Toni Collette, an Australian actress, recently announced her divorce from her spouse of 20 years, Dave Galafassi. Collette, 50, came to Instagram on December 7 to publish a photo with the caption “Peace & Love,” along with a joint statement announcing their separation.
“We announce our divorce with grace and thankfulness; we are unified in our choice and separate with continued respect and care for each other; our children are of utmost significance to us, and we will prosper as a family, although in a different form.”
The couple also requested privacy as they “walk through this transition calmly.” Toni Collette’s divorce announcement came only hours after Galafassi, 44, was seen kissing an unknown woman on a Sydney beach. According to the Daily Mail, the lady has been identified as Shannon Egan, a chiropractor who lives on Sydney’s northern beaches.
Toni Collette & the Finish’s drummer is Dave Galafassi.
Dave Galafassi is a drummer in Toni Collette & the Finish, an indie rock band from Port Macquarie, New South Wales. He has had a fascination for drumming since boyhood, and after gaining the skills, he used to perform with several Australian bands. He started his musical career in the early 1990s. He played drums in Gelbison, a Sydney-based indie rock band with three other members: Pete Farley, Edo, and Nadav Kahn.
The band’s first album, 1704, was released in 2003 by Virgin Records and EMI Music Group to positive reviews and peaked at number 20 on the ARIA Heatseekers Albums Chart. They also had a number of successful songs, including Metal Detector, Homelands, and Good God. Dave Galafassi met Toni in Sydney while attending one of Gelbison’s shows. Later, the two met again at a party and started dating. In 2002, Toni Collette and Galafassi confirmed their engagement. They married in 2003 at Collette’s south-coast Broughton home in Berry, Australia. The ritual lasted two days and followed Buddhist guidelines. Sage Florence Galafassi, Toni and Dave’s first child, was born in 2008. Arlo Roberts Galafassi was born in 2011 to them.
Dave Galafassi departed Gelbison before their second album was released, and he and his wife founded Toni Collette & The Finish in 2006. Pete Farley, a previous member of his band, also joined the group. The band recorded numerous successful songs in 2006 and 2007, including Look Up, Beautiful Awkward Pictures, Trouble With Sister, Tender Hooks, and others, and toured widely across Australia. Aside from that, Dave Galafassi played a club drummer in Megan Griffiths’ 2013 comedy picture, Lucky Them.