Lyon spoke about the well-publicised bust-up with Brownless in an interview with Mike Sheahan.

The former AFL Footy Show host relinquished all media commitments in 2016 to deal with mental health issues.

Lyon confirmed he had apologised to his old friend who he has not spoken to since Christmas 2015.

“It was text (message), yeah,” Lyon told SEN Breakfast.

“I spoke to Bill before this became public a year or so ago.

“Beyond that, it’s something for he and I to work through. We will do it. If he wants to talk about it publicly, then that’s his right. But I won’t be.”

Lyon said that he and Nikki Brownless are still together.

“I’m not saying that I was jumping out of my skin to talk to Bill about it,” he said.

“There’s no easy way to broach that subject. Whether I’d do things differently in hindsight, maybe. What I do know is that there was a lot of hurt that resulted from it. I have to live from that. Nikki and I are together.

“I am eternally grateful that she was able to support me through the back half of this. That’s the end of it.”

Lyon confirmed he sought professional help for his mental health issues in 2009 which lasted just a fortnight.

“I sought professional help eight years ago and went through that process for about two weeks,” he said.

“I just wasn’t ready … I didn’t pursue it, to my detriment I have no doubt.”