Home and Away's Kristy Wright secretly dated Dieter Brummer

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Home and Away's Kristy Wright has revealed she secretly dated Dieter Brummer "for years" after she joined the cast of the show at age 17 in 1996 and he had just finished with the Aussie soap.

The heartbroken actress, 43, paid tribute to her "first true love" who tragically died at the age of 45 on Saturday.

Home and Away's Kristy Wright has paid tribute to Dieter Brummer who died at the age of 45 on Saturday, revealing they secretly dated. Photo: Instagram/Kristy Wright
Home and Away's Kristy Wright has paid tribute to Dieter Brummer who died at the age of 45 on Saturday, revealing they secretly dated. Photo: Instagram/Kristy Wright

Kristy shared a number of photos from her relationship with Dieter as she detailed the pair's relationship and first date.

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"This is a hard one," she began. "Dieter was a very private person but he was also loved by many all over the world that I feel I must take a moment to honour him. Even though this moment doesn’t seem real. Even though the tears won’t stop flowing.

"Dieter and I started dating when I was 17. He had just finished Home and Away and I had just started and I’m not sure how we did it but we managed to keep our relationship out of the eyes of the scrutinising media. Our young love was able to blossom in private."

Kristy called Dieter her
Kristy called Dieter her "first true love". Photo: Instagram/Kristy Wright

She continued, "Our first date was at Balmoral beach. He took me on a picnic. We ended up sitting there for almost 10 hours from the afternoon into the middle of the night discussing everything from the cosmos to our childhoods and our hopes and dreams Anyone who knows Dieter knows how much he enjoyed discussion and debating ideas. 

"I was a young girl from the burbs and he was Australia’s heartthrob.. but.. he was so normal!. So down to earth.. but still so interesting. I fell in love with him very quickly and fortunately for me he felt the same way. We were each others safety blankets and we were best friends. Even after we broke up years later, our friendship never died."

Kristy added, "Dieter LOVED the outdoors. He was an adventurer through and through. He was brave, a risk-taker. We spent many, many weekends camping around Australia. Both of us loved being out in the wild.. we weren’t into parties and fancy industry events.. we just needed our dogs, each other and the big open sky. Those times spent together shaped me in the most profound way. 

Kristy shared a number of snaps from her relationship with Dieter. Photo: Instagram/Kristy Wright
Kristy shared a number of snaps from her relationship with Dieter. Photo: Instagram/Kristy Wright

"He was intelligent, funny and challenging. He had high expectations of people because he knew that we as a species were capable of so much more. He didn’t suffer fools and he was a proud member of the grammar police. He loved words. Loved knowing an obscure word that no one else knew. He was an existentialist. He was deep. Much deeper than most people know. I’m so grateful that we stayed friends and for over 25 years he has been a constant in my life and someone that I could call at any hour. We were that for each other.

"I’m not going to talk too much more about who he was because that’s a gift for his friends and family to keep for themselves. Needless to say that the world has lost a gift this weekend. A luminous, unique, complex man. A man who deserved more."

She finished by saying, "I love you Deet. My deepest condolences go out to your beautiful family. They adored you more than anything in this world and my heart is breaking knowing how much pain they are in right now.

"Needless to say that the world has lost a gift this weekend. A luminous, unique, complex man. A man who deserved more," Kristy wrote. Photo: Instagram/Kristy Wright
"Needless to say that the world has lost a gift this weekend. A luminous, unique, complex man. A man who deserved more," Kristy wrote. Photo: Instagram/Kristy Wright

"Soar high on Angels' wings. Watch over us. And see you when we get there."

After she first found out about Dieter's death, Kristy shared a black and white photo of them together and wrote her "my heart is screaming and I am numb", adding Dieter was her "first true love".

The actor was found dead in his home in Sydney's Glenhaven on Saturday afternoon.

"About 1.30pm (Saturday 24 July 2021), officers from The Hills Police Area Command responded to reports of a concern for welfare at a home on Glenhaven Road, Glenhaven," NSW Police confirmed to Yahoo Lifestyle.

No cause of death has been revealed and it is not being treated as suspicious.

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