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Sam Armytage goes public with new boyfriend

Sam Armytage goes public with new boyfriend

Samantha Armytage has revealed that she is in a relationship with former farmer Richard Lavender.

The Sunrise host, who has remained tight-lipped about her relationships in the past, shared her story in a joint interview for Who magazine’s “Sexiest” issue.

Armytage said when she was first introduced to the 60-year-old man by a mutual friend around Easter this year, “there was a connection” between them from the beginning.

“His eyes were the first thing I saw,” Armytage said.

Lavender said he “had no idea” who Armytage was because he doesn’t watch TV a lot. As their relationship progressed, Armytage asked Lavender, “Can you watch this show once so you know what I actually do for a living?”

According to news.com.au, Lavender was a farmer who now works in rehoming, retraining and breeding thoroughbred horses in Bowral, NSW.

Despite coming from different fields, the couple found that they shared a lot of interests. “We both enjoy horses, skiing, architecture, art,” she said. “That’s really important to have a lot in common. And so far, so good.”

Armytage said she likes that Lavender is not part of “the media circus”, while Lavender said she is “very natural” as a TV personality.

“I think a lot of the people who are in showbusiness are a bit flouncy,” he said. “I’ve seen a few celebrities in public – it’s not always attractive.”

Lavender comes to and stays in Sydney during the week while Armytage is filming Sunrise, while the weekends are dedicated to spending time together on his property in the Southern Highlands.

Armytage said the couple are “happy and having fun” right now.