Kate Ritchie has been parading her much younger boyfriend John bell around lately, looking like a smitten teenager as they holiday in Byron Bay.
In a new report from Daily Mail Australia, they confirm that her new beau is 25-years-old … 17 years her junior.
The couple have been spotted on various occasions spending time together in Byron Bay, walking along the beaches and enjoying some of the town’s best restaurants.
It is said that they are staying at an Airbnb and spend most of their days relaxing by their private mineral salt pool.
The young hunk is reportedly a security consultant, with Daily Mail Australia reporting that Bell runs security solutions business VIREOSS from the small town of Seymour, which is an hour and a half from Melbourne.
Judging by his social media presence, Bell is also a keen traveller and horse racing fan, with his liked pages including Racing Victoria, Flemington Racecourse, and Country Racing Victoria.
But his youthfulness doesn’t mean he’s completely innocent.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Bell had a brush with the law in 2015 when he was charged with careless driving, however he was not convicted.
According to the publication, Bell’s friend described him in an Instagram post as being a “messed up teenager from little old Portland [Victoria].”
While there’s not much to know about the young stud so far, it is clear that Ritchie is taking things seriously with him, as she is usually so private.
The pair were most recently spotted having drinks at the Balcony Bar & Co restaurant in Byron Bay, with Ritchie planting a kiss on his shoulder for everyone to see.
The two later went on a shopping date around the town.
The new romance reports come after Ritchie, 42, split from retired rugby league player Stuart Webb.
Ritchie, who hosts Nova’s drive show with Tim Blackwell and Joel Creasey, has a six-year-old daughter with Webb, Mae.
The radio star moved out of their marital home in Sydney’s Randwick in late 2019, and in November 2019, Ritchie’s former husband of ten years agreed to an apprehended violence order (AVO) that prevented him from assaulting, threatening, stalking or harassing his wife.
Webb also agreed not to approach or be in the company of Ritchie “for at least 12 hours after drinking alcohol or taking illicit drugs”.
A police constable originally applied for the AVO on Ritchie’s behalf on October 21 after an incident at the couple’s eastern Sydney home on October 17.
In March of the same year, Webb was charged with mid-range drink-driving on a suspended licence.
Webb was caught allegedly running a red light near his and Ritchie’s Randwick home on March 26. When he was stopped by police, he allegedly blew 0.083.
In January last year, Webb pleaded guilty to driving without a licence.
The court was told Ritchie had sent a letter of support for her husband stressing his duties in bringing up their six-year-old daughter, Mae, which the magistrate said he had taken into account.
Webb has previously been sentenced for two separate drink-driving charges after he was caught in March 2012 and December 2017. Webb was fined on both occasions and lost his license for three months in the 2017 incident.
He and Ritchie were last spotted together in February 2020, when they celebrated their six-year-old daughter’s first day of school.