‘She said yes’: Albanese to wed girlfriend Jodie Haydon

Anthony Albanese and partner Jodie Haydon are engaged, the PM has revealed.

Anthony Albanese and partner Jodie Haydon are engaged, the PM has revealed. Photo: Instagram/Anthony Albanese

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and partner Jodie Haydon are engaged – with the PM confirming the news on Thursday morning.

“She said yes,” Albanese wrote in a social media post.

It was accompanied by a smiling snap of him and Haydon, with her showing off a sparkling engagement ring.

The post quickly drew a flurry of good wishes, including from Albanese’s government colleagues.

“Love is a beautiful thing. I’m so happy for you both!” Foreign Minister Penny Wong wrote.

“Congratulations Albo and Jodie. Jodie is a lovely person, and you’re both very lucky to have each other. You really outdid us all on Valentine’s Day,” wrote Melbourne MP Peter Khalil.

Another Victorian colleague, Josh Burns chimed in with: “Woop woop! Congratulations boss.”

Albanese and Haydon met at a business event in Melbourne in early 2020, when he was still opposition leader. They bonded over their shared passion for the South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL team, before finding they “got on pretty well” after catching up for a beer.

Haydon lives in Albanese’s inner-Sydney electorate of Grayndler. One of the couple’s first dates was a Young Henrys brewery in the suburb of Newtown.

“We had what I thought would just be a drink at Young Henrys in Newtown, and we got on really well. That’s how it started,” Albanese told Australian Women’s Weekly.

Albanese, 60, was married to former NSW deputy premier Carmel Tebbutt for 19 years. They split in January 2019, and have an adult son,  Nathan.

Albanese has previously spoken of being “emotionally bruised” by the sudden break-up of his marriage.

It will be a first marriage for 45-year-old Haydon.

She has previously spoken about how Albanese’s life-threatening car accident near his inner-Sydney home in 2021 made her realise her true feelings for him.

“It was very scary, and in that moment, you realise just how much you love this person, the fear of losing them,” she said ahead of the 2022 federal election.

“I know the months ahead [of the election] will be intense. But my focus will simply be to support each other through it.”

-more to come

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