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Sam Armytage's husband reveals how they met

Sam Armytage's husband reveals how they met

Richard Lavender revealed it was love at first sight when he met now-wife Samantha Armytage, sharing the story during the Sunrise host's final episode.

The 61-year-old horse breeder and Armytage had previously revealed they had met around Easter 2019, before getting engaged last June and tying the knot on New Year's Eve.

Appearing in the studio this morning alongside Armytage, Lavender spilled some new details on the couple's first encounter, at the end of a friend's birthday party two years ago.

“I remember seeing her and I got this really nice feeling. I thought, that’s my girl,” he said.

“One of her old school friends was staying with me and the next morning I was cooking breakfast. She (the friend) came into the kitchen and said, ‘Can I give you a hand?’ And I said, ‘Yes you can, you can get me Sam Armytage’s phone number.’ And here we are.”

Armytage spoke to Who Magazine in 2019, saying Lavender's “eyes were the first thing I saw” and “there was a connection” immediately.

“I don’t even think he even knew who I was when we first met,” she said, to which Lavender confirmed he’d had “no idea” she was a household name.

She also opened up about why she fell in love with him, claiming he’s “really comfortable in his own skin”.

“He doesn’t care what people think of him, which I admire greatly. He’s very decent, very honest. I love that he’s so modest,” she said.

Meanwhile, Lavender, who has two adult daughters with ex-wife Kate Lavender, told the magazine that the “sparkle in her eye” meant he was “instantly attracted” to Armytage.

“She has a quick wit, a terrific sense of humour … she’s very natural,” he said.

“I think a lot of the people who are in show business are a bit flouncy. I’ve seen a few celebrities in public — it’s not always attractive.”