Anthony Albanese: Australian Prime Minister Announces Engagement to Jodie Haydon

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has shared the joyous news of his engagement to his partner of four years, Jodie Haydon.

He popped the question at the Lodge, the prime minister’s official Canberra residence, on Valentine’s Day, presenting a ring he had personally designed.

Mr Albanese, 60, and Ms Haydon, 45, crossed paths at a business dinner in Melbourne in 2020.

He has made history as the first Australian leader to become engaged while serving in office.

Mr Albanese excitedly shared his latest update on social media, capturing the moment with a selfie and the heartfelt caption: “She said yes.”

“We are overjoyed and filled with anticipation to share this exciting update and eagerly anticipate a lifetime of togetherness.” We feel incredibly fortunate to have crossed paths,” the couple later expressed in a joint statement.

Colleagues from various sectors, including New Zealand leader Christopher Luxon and TV chef Nigella Lawson, have extended their congratulations to the couple.

“Love is a wonderful experience. I’m thrilled for you both! Foreign Minister Penny Wong penned a message.

Mr Albanese has a son named Nathan Albanese, who is 23 years old. Nathan’s mother is former New South Wales deputy premier Carmel Tebbutt. Mr Albanese and Ms Tebbutt ended their 19-year marriage in 2019.

The Labour Party leader has previously shared the story of how he and Ms Haydon, who has experience in the financial services industry, connected a year later through their mutual passion for their National Rugby League team.

During a function in 2020, he engaged with the audience by asking if there were any South Sydney Rabbitohs fans present. In response, Ms. Haydon enthusiastically shouted, “Up the Rabbitohs!”

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The couple maintained a discreet presence during the initial stages of their relationship. However, Ms Haydon later accompanied Mr Albanese on his campaign trail in 2022 and joined him on his international trips as prime minister.

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