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Hamish Blake and Zoe Foster-Blake’s rom-com love story

The truth about how Australia's golden couple got together!
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Hamish Blake and Zoë Foster-Blake; they’re one of Australia’s favourite couples with an enduring love that, at times, seems to be based on who can get the funniest punchline in quicker.

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He’s the famous TV and radio funny guy and she’s the best-selling author with a beauty business empire that is the envy of many.

Along with their two adorable children, Sonny and Rudy, Australia’s golden couple are a force to be reckoned with.

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But before they were husband and wife or even ‘mum and dad’, Hamish and Zoë were simply mates.

That’s right; their beautiful, down-to-earth love story is built on a brilliant friendship that goes back decades, to where their romance first began.
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An event meet-cute makes hearts swoon. (Credit: Instagram)

It’s a narrative we’re fed in many a rom-com; boy meets girl, they become friends and after a few relationship fails they realise what they’ve been looking for all along is right there in front of them – each other.

Corny as it sounds, that’s pretty much what happened when the universe brought this charismatic pair together.

The duo met at a media event when Zoë was 24 and Hamish was 23 and they quickly formed a friendship.

For Hamish, the attraction was instant. In an interview with Good Weekend he confessed to falling under Zoë’s spell pretty quickly.

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They say the best love comes from friendship. (Credit: Instagram)

“I had never met anyone like her – confident, hilarious, obviously beautiful and very full of fun and life. I’ve come to know it as the Zoë magic,” Hamish told the magazine.

However, Zoë admitted that for her it was more of a slow burn romance and there wasn’t an instant physical attraction on her end – “No offence, honey!”

What they did have in spades was friendship, a bond that saw them supporting each other as they dated other people in the late 2000s.

The pair even penned a dating book together, Textbook Romance, in 2009 and a year later, they were both single and realised somehting deeper had been developing between them.

Zoë quickly started noticing that she was missing Hamish a lot more than usual when they weren’t in the same city.

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The couple co-wrote a dating book together. (Credit: Instagram)

“It was quite a startling moment because he’d always just been firmly a friend, even brother like, to the point that when people were like ‘I think you and Hamish would be good together’ I’d be like [vomit sound],” she told Show and Tell in 2013.

“You know, we’d both had partners, and I’d been single for a year, out of a relationship for a few months, and it was quite organic I think.”

But they didn’t want to rush into a romance and ruin their frienship, so the pair began dating cautiously.

“You’ve got to take it slow, because there is no turning back. You can’t go back to that original friendship,” said Zoë.

Fortunately, they discovered they were even better as partners than they were as friends and after just a few years of dating they were ready to say “I do”.

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“It was quite organic I think.” (Credit: Instagram)

Hamish and Zoë wed in an intimate ceremony in December 2012, surrounded by just 22 guests at Wolgan Valley in NSW, just north of the Blue Mountains.

And things only got better the following year when they discovered they were about to become parents, welcoming son, Sonny in May 2014.

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Their family was rounded out to four when daughter Rudy arrived in July 2017, and it’s safe to say becoming parents has been one of the highlights of the couple’s romance.

In 2018 Hamish opened up about his refreshing philosophy on parenting, which is all about making memories.

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“You’ve got to take it slow, because there is no turning back. You can’t go back to that original friendship.” (Credit: Instagram)

“I’m a bit obsessed with the belief of going ‘if i was 80, what would I give to be back in this moment?'” he told Wil Anderson for his podcast, Wilosophy.

“I am 36, my kids are babies – and I just know I’d give everything. I’d give all the money in the world, to be back right here in this moment, because we will never get this chance to live this moment again. It makes every moment with my kids super valuable.”

He continued: “For me it’s about memory making. I really believe my core life philosophy is about creating the best memories and the best inputs for people around me, and for my kids.”

While the family are all about spending time together, Zoë also credits a little time apart as the key to their enduring love story.

In an excerpt from her book, LOVE! on news.com.au she revealed that “missing each other” is important for long-lasting love.

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The family at their new Sydney home. (Credit: Instagram)

“To stay together you also need to be apart. So, go do something with your mates, or family, or self, and give yourself a chance to miss each other,” she said. “A night or two is even better. A week is sensational.”

Of course, like all Ausie families Hamish and Zoe have seen some sizeable changes in the last few years.

They endured the tough Melbourne lockdown in 2020 thanks to COVID, then in December 2020, they announced they were moving back to Zoe’s native Sydney.

Sharing the news on Instagram, Zoe, 41, wrote: “I moved to Melbourne from Sydney (for love!) (also the bars!) eight years ago with no set return.

“But the time has come, I’m heading back. And in great news for my kids, husband and cat, I’ve decided they may accompany me.”

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Hamish and Zoe are proud parents to Rudy and Sonny. (Credit: Instagram)

She cited her skincare company Go-To as the reason for the move, explaining that as it expands, she needs to be near her team, who are largely based in New South Wales.

Although the family thought they had escaped the pandemic’s grip over Melbourne, they found themselves once again trapped by Sydney’s lockdown in 2021, but they handled it like pros.

In the last few years, Hamish and Zoe have seen some sizeable changes.

They endured the tough Melbourne lockdown in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic continued and then in December 2020, they announced they were moving back to Zoe’s go-to (no pun intended…) – Sydney.

Sharing the news on Instagram, Zoe wrote: “I moved to Melbourne from Sydney (for love!) (also the bars!) eight years ago with no set return. But the time has come, I’m heading back. And in great news for my kids, husband and cat, I’ve decided they may accompany me.”

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“I love Melbourne SO hard. It’s a brilliant, creative, warmhearted, innovative and beautiful city.” (Credit: Instagram)

She cited her skincare company Go-To as the reason for the move, explaining that as it expands, she needs to be near her team, who are largely based in New South Wales.

Come December, they were able to celebrate Hamish’s 40th birthday with Zoë writing of her husband: “Happy birthday to the joy-bringer, the laugh-extractor, the memory-maker. You’re one of the absolute best people on this earth, and I know cos I asked around.”

That same month they celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary, with Zoë sharing a romantic throwback from their snowy honeymoon.

“Also, it was our ninth wedding anniversary. This was on our honeymoon … we had matching sweatshirts made,” she captioned the post, which was so them.

The duo showed off their sweet dynamic again in 2022 when they appeared on Celebrity Gogglebox from their own home, though their interactions were totally down-to-earth.

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Welcoming camera crews into their $9 million Vaucluse abode, Hamish and Zoë seemed just like any other cheeky mum-and-dad duo in their surprisingly low-key appearance.

Then they jetted off to Europe for Zoë’s 40th birthday extravaganza, where Hamish was allowed to tag along so long as he took plenty of photos of her with her girlfriends.

They even caught up with Hamish’s first bromance, Andy Lee, who was travelling though Greece with girlfriend Rebecca Harding.

As for what the future holds, you can never be sure with the Foster-Blakes – but we’re sure there will be plenty of love no matter what.

This story was originally published on our sister site, Now to Love

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