Kate Ritchie, 42, in age-gap relationship with boyfriend, 25

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Aussie actor and radio personality Kate Ritchie is dating again and it’s all-Aussie businessman John Bell who has caught the star’s eye.

At 25 years old, the businessman is 17 years Kate’s junior, who at 42 is an accomplished actress, a ratings-winning radio host for Nova FM and a mum to one.

Kate and John were spotted loved up in Byron Bay. Photo: Media Mode
Kate and John were spotted loved up in Byron Bay. Photo: Media Mode

The unlikely duo was spotted out and about together in NSW’s Byron Bay over the weekend, where they left onlookers in no doubt as to their romantic attachment.

The Home and Away star and her beau were seen in matching white shirts and hats enjoying breakfast together, and getting some shopping done.

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The Daily Mail reports they spent most of their holiday holed up in their Airbnb, with the photos of the duo walking the seaside town’s streets a rare glimpse of them out and about.

John may be a young man but it seems likely he is an old soul with successful security solutions business VIREOSS already under his belt.

Kate Ritchie new relationship after 2019 marriage split
Kate Ritchie has stepped out with a new, younger, beau. Photo: Getty Images
John bell 25 facebook photo Kate Ritchie boyfriend
25-year-old John is 17 years the Home and Away star's junior. Photo: Facebook/ John Bell

The regional Victorian, who is based in the small town of Seymour, has according to The Sydney Morning Herald had a couple of minor run-in with the law but was never convicted.

In the snaps of the pair’s Byron getaway, the businessman can be seen sporting two large tattoos. One reads ‘Aussie Pride’ in bold copperplate lettering on his forearm, the other ‘Italian Pride’.

The fresh romance is the closest thing to confirmation that notoriously private Kate is likely to give that her ten-year marriage to former NRL player Stuart Webb is done for good.

Stuart Webb, Kate Ritchie and daughter Mae Webb
Stuart Webb and Kate Ritchie share daughter Mae, but the pair have reportedly been split for over a year. Photo: Getty Images

Stuart also had his fair share of run-ins with the law, charged with more than one account of drink driving and agreeing to an AVO in November 2019.

Kate stopped wearing her wedding ring at the end of 2019 and moved out of the pair’s shared family home, though she has not directly commented on her marital situation.

The couple share six-year-old daughter Mae together.

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