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Who is Matildas star Mary Fowler dating?

Inside her life off the field
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Mary Fowler had an incredible year in 2023. Although she may have already been a top Aussie footballer before she set foot on the field for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, her incredible skills in the competition saw the 21-year-old, who also plays for Manchester City, become one to watch.

After fans spotted the Aussie athlete’s rumoured new beau supporting her at the 2024 Olympic Qualifiers in Perth this past November, all eyes are on Mary’s personal life – and it’s no surprise she’s been linked with another renowned sportsman. 

Are Mary Fowler and Nathan Cleary Dating?

Yes! These two sporting superstars have confirmed their romance after spending Christmas together.

Nathan shared an Instagram roundup, captioning the post “that’s life” with an ice cream emoji. 

As fans in the comments pointed out, the sports star was taking a dig at his own initial quotes that he was just enjoying a friendly ice cream with the Matildas player.

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Mary and Nathan go Instagram-official. (Credit: Instagram)

Recent photographs of Mary and Nathan at Sydney Airport also confirmed the young athletes’ budding relationship in December 2023.

Photos emerged of the pair embracing and sharing a kiss at the airport, reuniting to spend the holidays together.

The images came after months of rumours surrounding the pair’s alleged relationship. Take a look back at their relationship timeline below…

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Mary and Nathan at Sydney Airport in December 2023. (Credit: Media-Mode)

Mary Fowler and Nathan Cleary’s Relationship Timeline

August 2022: Dating Rumours emerge following sweet ice cream date 

Fans first linked the Matildas star with the NRL playing following the World Cup madness in August 2023, when Mary was spotted enjoying an ice cream date with the Penrith Panthers player.

At the time Nathan’s team were quick to shut down the reports with Nathan, 25, confirming to The Daily Telegraph that he was not in a relationship with Fowler, 20.

The rugby player’s team told the publication that the interaction was “just ice cream” and “nothing more.”

However, one week later on August 31, the same publication shared photos of the pair on a stroll together.

“They were taking photos and talking with other locals, and walking up and down the Nepean River together for quite some time,” a source told the publication.

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Nathan was spotted alongside Matildas supporters during the Australia v. Chinese Taipei game. (Credit: Getty)

October 2023: Nathan is spotted watching Mary compete in Perth

In October the pair were spotted holding hands and enjoying some down-time between matches at the 2024 Olympic Qualifiers in Perth.

According to The Daily Mail, Nathan flew into Perth to watch Australia vs The Philippines on October 29, 2023. 

Ahead of the Matildas match against Chinese Taipei on November 1, the pair were seen cuddling and holding hands in a park.

“They could be seen laying together in the middle of an open park by the water – laughing, hugging, chatting,” The Daily Mail reports of their outing.

Rumours surrounding the couple’s relationship were further heightened on the night of the Matildas game, when Nathan was spotted amongst the crowd of Tillies supporters by the official broadcast. 

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Nathan at the GQ Australian Men of the Year Awards. (Credit: Getty)

December 2023: Nathan addresses relationship and new photos emerge

Although Mary remained tight-lipped on any details, Nathan coyly responded to a few questions at the GQ Awards red carpet in Sydney on December 7. 

When asked by news.com.au why he was attending solo he replied, “I’m just here by myself. No plus-one”.

“I knew this was coming,” he added when asked a follow-up question regarding Mary’s whereabouts. “She’s busy.”

At the time, Mary and her fellow Matildas teammates were in Vancouver, finishing up a round of friendlies against Canada. 

The comments came a mere two weeks before photos emerged of the two together at Sydney airport. 

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The pair were seen hugging and sharing a kiss as they saw each other in December 2023. (Credit: Media-Mode)
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(Credit: Instagram)

April 2024: Nathan and Mary Take Their Relationship to Instagram 

Despite keeping their relationship largely out of the public eye, the couple delighted fans in April 2024 when they shared a few photos together on Instagram. 

While not much is known about Mary’s personal dating history, many of her Matildas teammates have shared their romantic love stories in the Disney Plus documentary about the team. 

From Sam Kerr and Kristie Mewis, to Katrina Gorry and Clara Markstedt, some of the Tillies’ love stories have been front and centre in the doco. Read more here.

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