Robert Irwin shares heartfelt tribute to girlfriend Rorie Buckey: 'Extremely happy'

Robert opened up about how Rorie's impacted his life.

Robert Irwin shared a sweet tribute to his girlfriend Rorie Buckey at the GQ Men of the Year Awards on Wednesday night.

The wildlife conservationist, who won GQ’s Social Force of the Year award at the black tie event, told that his partner has changed his life for the better.

Robert Irwin and his girlfriend Rorie Buckey at the GQ Men of the Year Awards.
Robert Irwin gushed about his girlfriend Rorie Buckey at the GQ Men of the Year Awards this week. Photo: Getty

“I think life is awesome for me every single second of every day,” he shared. “But you know what, when love is part of life, every single thing is so much sweeter, it’s so much nicer, and you take that time to enjoy every single moment. We are extremely happy.”

Robert and Rorie went public with their relationship in July when they attended the Sydney premiere of Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One.

They’ve since declared their love for one another on social media, and Rorie has immersed herself into the Irwin clan by attending various birthday celebrations and Gala events with them.


Robert also told the publication about his recent 20th birthday celebrations and said he had been “lavished with gifts”.

“It was a lovely day spent with the entire fam,” he detailed. “I feel very spoiled, very lucky, entering a new decade is a weird feeling.

“Being a teenager for these last nine years, it’s just strange waking up at 20. I’m so excited but I’m thinking like, ‘Are my joints going to start going?’. I don’t know, this is weird, but I like it. It’s cool.”

Robert Irwin and his girlfriend Rorie Buckey.
Robert and Rorie went public with their romance in July. Photo: Instagram/roriebuckey

Robert's I'm A Celebrity salary revealed

It was recently announced that Robert would be taking over from Dr Chris Brown when I’m A Celebrity returns for its tenth season in 2024.

In a statement from 10, Robert said: “It’s a huge honour to be the new co-host of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!. I can’t wait to plunge back into the incredible African jungle and introduce our celebrities to the magnificent wildlife that call the jungle home.

“Most of all, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside the incredibly kind and talented Julia Morris. Crikey! This is going to be a wild ride!”


Daily Mail reports that Robert will earn “over $430,000” for his work on the reality show, which films for six weeks in South Africa.

A network insider told the publication that they believe Robert will be “worth every cent” as he has an international fan base.

“His pairing with the witty and ever-entertaining Julia has all the makings of a dynamic duo, promising viewers an unforgettable experience,” they said.

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