MasterChef judge Melissa Leong pays tribute to 'inspiring' boyfriend

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MasterChef judge Melissa Leong is loved up and letting the world know.

Four months after going public with her new boyfriend, Rob Mason, the TV star took to her Instagram on Thursday to share a sweet selfie with her businessman beau.

MasterChef judge Melissa Leong with her boyfriend Rob Mason. Photo: Instagram/fooderati.
MasterChef judge Melissa Leong and her boyfriend Rob Mason went public back in October. Photo: Instagram/fooderati.

Posing in a chic black outfit and a stunning gold necklace by Georg Jensen, Mel gave the camera a small smile while Rob stood behind her.

Mel, who split from her husband of almost four years in December 2020, paid tribute to Rob in her caption, praising him for 'taking over the world' then thanking him for 'having her back'.

"Watching you take over the world from a front row seat is nothing short of inspiring," she gushed.

"Thank you for having my back and being present through it all @therobmason," she added.

Father-of-three Rob is the founder of Morris Motley, an artisanal men's haircare and fragrance company in Melbourne.

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Melissa Leong and Rob Mason.
Rob is the founder of an artisanal men's haircare and fragrance company. Photos: Instagram/fooderati
Melissa Leong's boyfriend Rob Mason.
Melissa first posted about Rob in September 2021. Photo: Instagram/fooderati

The loved-up pair have worked together professionally in the past, with Mel revealing that Rob styled her hair when he worked as a hairdresser.

The couple first sparked romance rumours in September of last year when Melissa shared a solo photo of Rob on her social media alongside a glowing caption.

“Gratuitous hot dad post, a day late for Father’s Day,” she began.

“Creator of world-class cosmetics and the brains behind Morris Motley, brilliant father to a legendary babe squad and the best part of my day, nothing but love.”

The following month, the pair made it Instagram official with a sweet black-and-white snap, which Mel captioned, "This is us."

On the same day, she posted a black-and-white photo of Rob by himself with the caption: "Luckiest girl in the world."

Melissa Leong and her husband Joe Jones.
Mel announced her split from her husband Joe Jones in December 2020. Photo: Instagram/fooderati

The relationship update comes after Melissa announced on Instagram in December 2020 that she and her husband Joe Jones, who owns the Melbourne cocktail bar Romeo Lane, were separating.

“It has brought us such happiness to walk together, but the time has come for Joe and I to part ways and walk on, apart,” she captioned the now-deleted post.

“We ask for your kindness and consideration for our privacy, we will not be making any further comment as our private lives have, and will always remain exactly that. We wish you peace at the end of such a challenging year for all.”

The pair had eloped to the Californian desert in February 2017 after five months of dating.

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Additional reporting by Lachlan Guertin.

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