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Robert Irwin & Rorie Buckey Announce Split After One Year Together

The former couple had been dating since November 2022.
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Robert Irwin and his girlfriend, Rorie Buckey, have announced their split after 18 months together. 

“We wanted to share that we have decided to go our separate ways but profoundly appreciate all of the time spent together and wish one another the very best into the future,” Robert wrote to Instagram. 

“We wish to express the gratitude and respect we have for one another as we continue our journeys on different paths.”

WATCH: Robert Irwin and Rorie Buckey attend the 2023 Earthshot Prize Awards

The pair first began dating in November 2022, and since confirming their relationship in July 2023, Robert and Rorie have been spotted at multiple red carpets together across the world. 

After going public with their relationship, Rorie and Robert shared their first major international engagement, journeying together to Singapore to attend the 2023 Earthshot Prize Awards. 

Robert was among the A-list stars called upon to present at the awards held by His Royal Highness Prince William and the Royal Foundation. Five winners are awarded by the Prince every year for their contributions to environmentalism. 

“What an unforgettable night presenting at the Earthshot Prize Awards,” Robert wrote on Instagram, after walking the green carpet with his then-partner. “Thank you to His Royal Highness Prince William for having Rorie and I, and a big thanks to the incredible team, fellow presenters and hosts. A night of hope for the future of our environment.”

Robert Irwin and Rorie Buckey attend the 2023 Earthshot Prize Awards.
Robert Irwin and Rorie Buckey attend the 2023 Earthshot Prize Awards. (Credit: Getty Images)

Following the event, Rorie shared a snap on Instagram and captioned the post: “I love doing life with you.” “I love you Rorie,” Robert commented.

Throughout their relationship, the couple shared regular updates together to social media, with their new romance gathering a loyal fan following. 

Robert’s sister Bindi Irwin also appeared to be a fan, writing to Instagram in October 2023, “My brother’s gorgeous girlfriend, @roriebuckey. Sweetest soul, beautiful friend, I love her dearly and you’ll usually see [Bindi’s daughter] Grace just following her around because she adores her.”

Scroll through for everything you need to know about the former couple’s sweet love story.

Who is Rorie Buckey?

Rorie is the niece of the late Australian actor Heath Ledger. Her mother, Kate Ledger, is Heath’s sister. 

The 19-year-old is a twin, and shares a close bond with her sister Scarlett. The sisters are both studying at Curtin University in Perth, with Rorie studying for a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy, while Scarlett is studying pharmaceuticals.

Their relationship is so strong that their mother, Kate, wrote a series of fictional books about the sisters called Twin Magic.

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Rorie and her twin sister, Scarlett. (Credit: Instagram / Rorie Buckey)

When did Rorie Buckey and Robert Irwin start dating?

Rorie and Robert began dating in November, 2022.

“Robert’s absolutely smitten, and you can tell from his ear-to-ear grin,” a source previously told Woman’s Day.

“He’s fallen for Rorie big time and who can blame him? She’s a complete sweetheart, very kind and not at all intimidated by his world in the spotlight. She adores Robert and can’t believe she’s found someone so down-to-earth in their world.”

Rorie’s father, Nathan Buckey, was the first to confirm the romance. “Of course, absolutely,” he replied when asked by Daily Mail reporters if he approved of Robert, though he did not want to go into detail. 

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Robert and Rorie began dating in November 2022. (Credit: Instagram / Rorie Buckey)

Inside Robert Irwin and Rorie Buckey’s relationship… 

Prior to their breakup, the couple have shared few insights into their romance, with just a few smitten “I love you” comments across social media. 

They made their red carpet debut at the Mission Impossible premiere in July 2023.

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Rorie and Robert make it red carpet official! (Credit: Getty Images)

Robert first posted about his girlfriend in August 2023. He shared a snap on Instagram, simply captioning the post with flower emojis. 

“Love you both!” his sister Bindi commented, giving her seal of approval.

Rorie was quick to fit into the family, spending plenty of time with Robert’s mother, Terri Irwin, and sister, Bindi. 

On another Instagram post shared by her brother, Bindi commented that the couple were “meant to be.”

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Rorie fit right into the Irwin family! (Credit: Instagram / Bindi Irwin)

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