Robert Irwin celebrates major award alongside girlfriend Rorie Buckey

The loved-up duo looked dapper as they hit the GQ Australia Men of the Year Awards.

Robert Irwin and Rorie Buckey wowed fans during their latest red carpet appearance at the GQ Australia Men Of The Year Awards, smiling happily for the cameras as they put on a loved-up display.

Held at the Bondi Pavilion in Sydney on Wednesday night, the event was attended by well-known Aussie faces including Troye Sivan, Dylan Alcott and his partner Chantelle Otten, rugby league star Nathan Cleary, designer Pip Edwards and actors Brenton Thwaites and Sam Corlett.

Robert Irwin took out the 2023 GQ Man of The Year award for the Social Force category, thanking his parents onstage after accepting his award.

Robert Irwin and Rorie Buckey
Robert Irwin and Rorie Buckey attend the GQ Australia Men Of The Year Awards. Photo: Getty

“I want to dedicate this to the two greatest social forces I know, my mum and dad," Robert said.

“They taught me to respect and to love our natural world. To lead with positivity, to lead with hope, and hopefully I can help to unite my fellow youth and realise each and every one of us has a voice, each and every one of us is writing our own legacy. To dad, mate, I hope I'm doing you proud.”


Robert's proud girlfriend Rorie took to Instagram to celebrate her man in a series of sweet photos.

"You never cease to amaze me," Rorie captioned the images.

'The Royal Family effect'

Robert spoke candidly to GQ Australia with the wildlife warrior likening the interest in the Irwins to the hype that surrounds the Royals.

“It’s weird, even though I’ve literally been born into it — that Royal Family effect — it still doesn’t make sense,” he said.

“I don’t understand why paparazzi follow me into the grocery store and report on what I buy. Like, who cares?”


He also said it was difficult growing up in the public eye, after losing his father Steve Irwin, when he was only three years old.

“When you lose someone like that and it’s such a public thing – you’re three years old, you’re growing up without a father – it’s incredibly difficult. It is indescribably difficult,” he said.

“But on the other side of that, now, when people come up to me and share a story of when they met Dad, tell me how much his documentary meant to them, I almost feel like I get a little piece of him back.”

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