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Exclusive: Nathan Cleary speaks out about romance with Mary Fowler

He opens up about what it's like to date in the public eye

It goes without saying that Penrith Panther’s halfback Nathan Clearly and Matilda’s forward Mary Fowler are one of the most shipped new couples of 2023.

After the duo were papped on a cute ice cream date together in August, fans went w-i-l-d for the golden sporting couple. However, neither Nathan nor Mary has publicly spoken about their relationship, until now.

The rugby player opened up about the struggles of having a relationship in the public eye during an interview with Chattr on the red carpet for the GQ Men of the Year Awards.

“It’s something new to me, and trying to work with that. It’s good fun it just comes with it so you try to roll with the punches,” he said coyly.

When asked why Mary wasn’t at the awards with him, Nathan said that she couldn’t make it. At the time of the awards she was in Canada on international duty with Australia for the Matildas.

“I knew this was coming,” he said to The Daily Telegraph. “I’m just here by myself… No plus-one. She’s busy.”

Mary Fowler and Nathan Cleary’s relationship timeline

Ice cream date

Mary Fowler and Nathan Cleary were first papped together on an ice cream date in August. The pair were affectionate with one another, but Clearly’s team told The Daily Telegraph at the time that it was “just ice cream” and “nothing more.”

Mary Fowler. Instagram.

Park date

Just a week later, Mary and Nathan were spotted together again, this time on a stroll through a Sydney park.

“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 same publication.

Perth date

In October, Mary and Nathan spent time together in Perth ahead of the  2024 Olympic Qualifiers.

The pair were pictured cuddling and holding hands in a park and Nathan later attended the Matilda’s vs Taipei match at HBF Park.

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

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