A visibly uncomfortable Julie Bishop insisted she’s coping ‘fine’ with her break-up from her long-time lover during a live TV interview.
The former foreign minister was stone-faced as Today host Allison Langdon asked how she was going on Monday, after Mr Panton dumped her over dinner in Sydney earlier this month, after eight years.
‘It’s tough going through a break-up particularly when it is public,’ Langdon noted.
Ms Bishop quickly deflected the question – immediately asking how Langdon and co-host Stefanovic were doing – prompting laughter from both hosts.
Julie Bishop has insisted she is ‘fine’ following her break-up with longtime partner David Panton during an awkward live TV interview
The former foreign minister appeared visibly uncomfortable as she was asked how she was coping by Today hosts Allison Langdon and Karl Stefanovic on Monday
‘I don’t want to think about it too much, it’s a Monday morning,’ Stefanovic said.
Ms Bishop quickly changed the topic: ‘I’m fine, now.
The awkwardness returned when the hosts decided to sing a belated Happy Birthday to Ms Bishop at the end of the interview in light of her 66th birthday on Sunday.
‘Would you like the kid’s birthday (tune) or the Marilyn one?’ Langdon asked.
Ms Bishop asked for Langdon to sing the song in the ‘chipmunk’s version’ before the Today host attempted to sing in a high-pitched voice.
Ms Bishop also opened up on her latest role as Strategic Advisor for Mineral Resources Limited in Perth – the feature of a new video.
She starred alongside Hollywood actors Hugh Jackman and Kate Walsh in a slick clip unveiling the company’s headquarters in the Western Australia capital.
Ms Bishop also opened up on her latest role as Strategic Advisor for Mineral Resources Limited in Perth – the feature of a new video
‘It’s the most beautiful building and it’s got a global rating in terms of the environment, so it was an absolute joy to do this employee induction video with a couple of superstars,’ Ms Bishop said
Ms Bishop’s new role with the mining company is another in a series of positions she’s taken on since leaving politics in 2019
‘It’s the most beautiful building and it’s got a global rating in terms of the environment, so it was an absolute joy to do this employee induction video with a couple of superstars,’ Ms Bishop said.
Stefanovic then asked a tongue-in-cheek question about a moment in the video where Ms Bishop was seen catching public transport.
‘I noticed you got off a bus. Was that the first time you’ve been on a bus in a while?’ he said.
‘Yes, I believe so,’ Ms Bishop said to laughter.
Sources close to Ms Bishop previously revealed she was ‘blindsided’ by her developer beau David Panton’s shock decision to call time on their relationship.
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Despite the challenge of living on opposite sides of the country, Ms Bishop had been working hard to keep the flame burning bright with Panton throughout Covid, sources close to the politician turned ANU chancellor said.
Daily Mail Australia understands she had been finding more ways to be in Sydney with Panton and had been excited to travel to London with him in late June, where they attended a royal dinner with Prince Charles.
But just a week later Panton publicly announced the pair were going separate ways and wished Ms Bishop ‘all the best in her ongoing stellar career’ in a statement to a newspaper.
Ms Bishop emerged for the first time since the split smiling happily for photos at a Perth mining conference on July 11, although insiders say the 65-year-old is hurting in the wake of the bust-up and was shocked at the way Panton pulled the pin so suddenly.
Over and out: Panton suddenly called time on the relationship with Ms Bishop after eight years
Final function: Julie Bishop and David Panton see at their last glittering soirée together
‘She legitimately saw a long future for the two of them and worked hard at the relationship,’ said a political insider close to the ex deputy-PM.
‘As far as everyone else, obviously aside from David, was concerned they seemed fine.’
Another source close to Ms Bishop was slightly less diplomatic about the sudden end to the affair, hinting that Panton’s presence in Ms Bishop’s inner circle ‘divided’ some of her friends and colleagues.
But ‘JBish’ as she was referred to in Canberra, remained smitten.
‘Let’s just say a there are a few who might be relieved that it’s over,’ said one, adding: ‘His personality didn’t always come with everyone.’
Julie Bishop put on a brave face in her first public appearance after the shock break-up
Panton seen here with Ms Bishop on a diplomatic working holiday during Donald Trump’s presidency
The Sydney-based developer, who also has a home in Melbourne close to ex-wife Karen and their three kids, confirmed the split on July 6 telling the Sydney Morning Herald: ‘I’m going to be focused on living in Manly and Melbourne for the foreseeable future.’
Panton has kept a noticeably low profile since returning to single life and has managed to stay hidden from public view.
Sources say he has been even been absent from his usual morning dips.
It’s understood he remains based in Manly but is believed to have rented out his beachfront apartment back in April and relocated nearby.
First introduced in 2014, the ‘glamor couple’ of Australian politics notched up hundreds of red carpet and A-list social event appearances during their cross-continent romance including an unlikely invite to Karl Stefanovic’s four-day wedding in 2019.
And despite generating some initial public cynicism in its early days, the relationship rolled on across red carpets and corporate marquees for eight years.
Ms Bishop caused a stir in 2015 when she took Panton to sitting of the UN General Assembly in New York
Dubbed ‘Julie’s handbag’ in the media, Panton was an enthusiastic social event ‘plus-one’
It also weathered a series of public relations knocks – most memorably when Ms Bishop copped flack for letting Panton bizarrely tag along to a sitting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in 2015.
He also seemed to be unable to shake off his unkind nickname ‘Julie’s handbag’ – a regular reference he drew due to the fact he quietly accompanied Ms Bishop to countless social events.
Based steadfastly in Perth, Ms Bishop – who recently collaborated with Estee Lauder skincare – was open about challenges of a long-distance relationship and said the pair relied heavily on FaceTime to get through the Covid pandemic.
‘It isn’t great but it is all you can do because he can’t get in here (WA) and I can’t go there without having to get an exemption,’ she said in 2020.
‘It is very difficult but I know a lot of families have been separated in this way. It is very challenging.’
Both Ms Bishop and Panton were contacted for comment.
A devout West Coast Eagles fan, Ms Bishop is the club’s number-one ticket holder