Simon Baker, 51, makes a splash with new flame, 36, after split

The Mentalist star Simon Baker has a new flame and he's not afraid to pack on the PDA, making waves in the waves in Byron Bay last month.

Simon Baker was spotted seemingly utterly entranced by Aussie fashion designer Laura May Gibbs, in the water at Byron Bay in February.

Simon Baker and new girlfriend Laura May Gibbs pictured in Byron Bay
Simon Baker and new girlfriend Laura May Gibbs made waves in Byron Bay last month. Photo: Media Mode

At 36 years old, Laura May is 15 years the Aussie actor's junior who will be celebrating his 52nd birthday in July.


The pair were spotted getting as close as the boisterous waves would allow them, with Simon holding Laura in his arms as they leapt over waves, and later cuddling her in a lull, neither able to wipe the ecstatic grins from their faces.

Simon Baker Laura May Gibbs in Byron Bay surf Laura in black bikini new pictures after marriage split
The pair made a splash in the Byron surf, Simon seeming besotted with hi younger girlfriend. Photo: Media Mode

Clad in a black string bikini featuring a very fashionable cheeky cut, Laura May looked every inch the glamorous designer as she and Simon made the most of the last days of summer in NSW's northern playground.

According to reports from The Daily Telegraph, the pair met in Byron where Laura May runs her fashion label Nagnata, an active-wear brand inspired by her love of yoga, with her sister Hannah.

Simon has a farm in Nashua, a locality about 30 minutes South West of Byron.

Simon Baker Laura Bay Gibbs, Simon grabs Laura as wave comes, holding onto her bottom
The pair were very hands-on on their first public outing. Photo: Media Mode

The pair's very hands-on first public outing comes after Simon confirmed his split from ex-wife Rebecca, 51, on January 29.

In a joint statement to People Magazine at the time, Simon and Rebecca said their three children, Stella, 27, Claude, 22, and Harry, 19 were their priority amid the break-up.

Simon Baker and ex-wife Rebecca Rigg during the 7th AACTA Awards
Simon Baker and wife Rebecca Rigg confirmed they had split after 30 years of marriage back in January. Photo: Getty Images

"We remain close friends and our three children will always be the most important focus of our lives," their statement read.

The magazine reported that despite the news breaking in January this year, the two actually called it quits back in April 2020, managing to keep the split under wraps for months.

Simon and Rebecca met in the early 1990s and tied the knot in 1998.

Simon and Laura aren't the first new couple to step out publicly in Byron Bay, and not the only ones with a notable age-gap on display either.

Earlier this year Home & Away star Kate Richie was spotted with new boyfriend businessman John Bell, who at 25 years old is 17 years Kate’s junior, who is 42.

The actress, and radio host and her low-profile new beau were spotted out and about together in NSW’s Byron Bay over a long weekend, where they left onlookers in no doubt as to their romantic attachment.

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