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Richard Wilkins ‘splits from girlfriend of four years Nicola Dale’ after reports the Today host was ready to propose to the flight attendant



By Kinta Walsh-cotton For Daily Mail Australia

00:48 21 Jan 2024, updated 11:44 21 Jan 2024



Richard Wilkins has reportedly split with his girlfriend of four years Nicola Dale. 

The Nine Entertainment Editor, 69, was rumoured to be popping the question soon, but it appears those reports may have instead cooled the relationship.

Sources say the couple split in November, not long after they were spotted together at Derby Day celebrations in Melbourne, reported The Daily Telegraph on Sunday. 

The insider claimed their relationship got rocky in March after online media outlets speculated about their possible engagement. 

They said Richard was reluctant to marry a fourth time after giving away a small fortune to his last three wives during their respective divorces. 

Richard Wilkins, 69, (right) Richard Wilkins has reportedly split with his girlfriend of four years Nicola Dale (left)

However, sources close to the television host said in March he wants to make a commitment to the former flight attendant, whom he has been dating since 2020.

‘Dickie may be 68, but he’s got a lot of life left in him. He’s now more than ready to finally settle down,’ they told New Idea at the time.

‘They just have this lovely ease about them. As a couple, they give each other space, but seem to really love being together.

The Nine Entertainment Editor was rumoured to be popping the question soon, but it appears those reports may have instead cooled the relationship

‘He also sees his good mate Karl Stefanovic so happy and settled with Jasmine and his new family, and Dickie wants what Karl has.’

Richard has been married three times and has five children to four different mothers.

He first married at the age of 18 after his 16-year-old girlfriend Lynette fell pregnant. The teenage couple went on to have a son together, named Adam.

After moving to Australia to pursue his pop career, Richard married for a second time and had two more children, daughter Rebecca and son Nick.

When that marriage finished, Richard had a series of romances with high-profile women, including actress Rebecca Gibney in 1989.

Sources say the couple split in November, not long after they were spotted together at Derby Day celebrations in Melbourne

Their relationship reportedly ended when Richard left the actress for his third wife Michelle Burke. Together the couple had a son, model and actor Christian.

After they split, Richard went on to have a fifth child with designer Collette Dinnigan. They broke up in 2004 when she was yet to give birth to their daughter Estella.

Back in 2017, Richard joked that after three divorces ‘marriage is not my specialty’.

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Richard for comment. 

READ MORE: Christian Wilkins shows off his dazzling makeover – after opening up about stepping out of his father Richard’s shadow



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