Robert Irwin spills on romance with Rorie Buckey amid proposal rumours

'Life is amazing right now.'

Following reports that he is preparing to propose to his girlfriend Rorie Buckey in the new year, Robert Irwin has spoken out about his relationship and how he’s feeling.

The couple, both 19, 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 Irwin and Rorie Buckey.
Robert Irwin has opened up about his relationship with Rorie Buckey following proposal rumours. Photos: Instagram/roriebuckey

During an appearance on Fitzy & Wippa with Kate Ritchie on Friday morning, host Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli told Robert he was thrilled about his new relationship.

“Thank you so much. Thank you,” he replied. “I feel like life is amazing right now and [I’m] very very happy.”

Wippa then asked Robert to describe “how serious” their relationship is “out of 10”, to which the Wildlife Warrior responded: “Love is not a numbers game, you just feel it.”


Elsewhere in the interview, Robert spoke about his recently announced gig as I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! co-host alongside Julia Morris.

“That all kicks off in March. It’s going to be a very exciting new adventure for me, something I've never done before,” he remarked.

“But I have been to the set before, I have been to the jungle and loved it. And I remember, I was probably like 10 years old when I went over and saw it and I thought, watching Julia up there and Chris [Brown], I thought one day I want to host that. And now I'm doing it, it’s kind of weird.”

Kate Ritchie commented that Robert had “manifested” the role and he replied: “I think so. So it's a huge honour and Julia is a legend.”

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! hosts Robert Irwin and Julia Morris.
Robert will co-host I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2024 alongside Julia Morris. Photo: Channel 10

Robert's I’m A Celebrity salary revealed

It was announced last month 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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