So who are the women Jamie Durie has been linked to over the years? “I have been married to my career, but I have also been able to share that with special people in my life, including my daughter. She texts me ideas for arrangements and we talk all the time. It’s a great relationship.” Today we’re going to look at Jamie Durie wife, that is if we could say he has one.
Durie’s Biography and Career
Durie was born in Manly, northern Sydney, New South Wales, and spent his formative years living in the mining town Tom Price in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, with his mother and maternal grandmother both Sri Lankan.
His grandmother, Daphne de Zylva, was born in Sri Lanka and met his English grandfather in the air force during the war. They moved to Australia in the 1950s.
Durie recalls that he and his grandmother baked and gardened together. She taught him how to make his first curry. He has inherited a love of the Sri Lankan culture and lifestyle.
His parents separated when Durie was age 10, and he relocated with his mother and brother Chris, to the Gold Coast, in Queensland.
His paternal grandmother, called Nanna, was a volunteer surf-lifesaver on the NSW Central Coast. Having left high-school in Brisbane at age 15, he tried his hand at cabinetmaking and modeled beachwear part-time.
Durie got his showbiz start in his teens as an exotic dancer in the Australian all-male revue troupe called Manpower Australia.
Durie’s agent introduced him to Manpower Australia – a touring dance troupe best known for its male dance performances and for its dancers’ distinctive physical attractiveness and sex appeal – and as he describes it… “and the rest is history”.
For seven years, Durie toured internationally with Manpower Australia, acting as manager, and also as a principal dancer, performing acrobatics and trapeze acts to large audience venues in Las Vegas, NV. “I was the lead performer and designed the sets and costumes” he says.
Durie notes that while Manpower Australia was perceived as putting the risqué into risky, the shows were highly professional acts that even his grandmother was comfortable with.
The timing was ideal, as “The 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s in Australia were very chauvinistic and the female body was overexploited”, as he explains, “There needed to be social change.”
Retiring from Manpower Australia at age 26, Durie made up for his early exit from schooling by completing a four-year horticultural and landscape design course.
Jamie Durie Wife
Embarking on his fifties, and Jamie Durie had never once been married before.
Talking to The Sydney Morning, he was candid about his affairs in the past. He said how his trait of always being career-focused suffered some of his relationships in the past.
By 2020, Jamie Durie had been engaged three times but never exchanged the vows of a husband and wife.
Around the 1990s, Jamie was in a relationship with Teresa Livingstone. They would eventually break up but only after getting engaged.
Jamie was then engaged to Siobhan Way, a jewelry designer. Circa 2005, he and his now-former fiancee called off their engagement.
Not the one to give up that easy, Jamie then fell in love with Nadine Bush. However, this romance too would see its end after two years.
Following a blissful dating period, Jamie popped the big question to Lisa Christie. Sadly, the third time didn’t prove a charm for the HGTV star. Upon learning about his cheating ways, Lisa broke off their engagement.
In the prior mentioned interview, he continued to tell his story. Referring to his daughter, with ex Michelle Glennock, he said:
“I have had some amazing relationships with women but life is a constant roller-coaster…I have been married to my career, but I have also been able to share that with special people in my life, including my daughter.”
Although Michelle stopped being his girlfriend, the two amicably co-parented their daughter, Taylor (b. circa 1996).
Jaime continued speaking about his only daughter and the mother of his child (in August 2018):
“Michelle and I are the best of mates now. She and her husband stay at my house in LA and they have a young daughter. We’re one big happy family.”
While Jaime also found a great-buddy in his beautiful daughter. At the time, after four years at university, she was following in her father’s footsteps to become a floral designer.
Names of Jaime Durie’s Dates
Now let’s Look at Jamie Durie’s wife/dates one after the other.
Michelle was Jamie’s first adult romantic partner and is Taylor’s mother.
“I met my ex-girlfriend Michelle [a Las Vegas showgirl] when we were both 18 and I became a dad in my mid-20s,” Jamie told Sunday Life.
The pair still get along swimmingly and happily co-parent their daughter together.
“Michelle and I are the best of mates now. She and her husband stay at my house in LA and they have a young daughter. We’re one big happy family,” Jamie said.
The Australian actress dated Jamie in the late 90s, though the notoriously private star has kept mum on their relationship, so it’s unclear exactly when and for how long these two were together.
But we do know that they both stripped off for a nude spread in art magazine Black and White, in 1998, and were briefly engaged.
Jamie dated, then became engaged to jewelry designer Siobhan Way in the early 2000s.
The pair were first spotted at a media event in 2003 and were together until 2005 when their engagement broke off.
During that time, Jamie wasn’t shy about taking Siobhan on his arm to several red carpet events, including the TV WEEK Logie Awards and book launches.
Nadine is one of Jamie’s longest relationships. The pair were on-and-off for years, rekindling their romance in 2005 when his engagement to Siobhan ended.
But they split in 2007, with rumors swirling at the time that Jamie had cheated on Nadine.
“We’ve been working through a lot of issues in the past few months and one of the biggest ones is that it’s very hard to have a relationship when you’re working in two countries,” he told The Daily Telegraph at the time.
“Nadine and I have enjoyed some great years together and she’s a very special girl who does and will always mean the world to me,” he said.
“There is no animosity in our break-up but obviously it’s not easy for either of us.”
These two clearly managed to patch up their differences and still work together after all these years.
Nadine is actually the creative director of Jamie’s publishing business. They co-wrote a book together in 2017, called Living Design,
“We collaborate daily on various projects all over the world – she’s the creative director of our company – and it was just kind of right that we would share the credit on this title,” Jamie told wyza.com.au at the time.
The third woman Jamie was engaged to be interior designer Lisa Christie, who was the runner-up on his show Top Design, which aired in 2011.
But two years after they met, Lisa claimed Jamie cheated on her after she reportedly found text messages from another woman on his phone.
“He came home from America and he was just different all of a sudden,” Christie told Woman’s Day at the time.
“As naive as it may be, I felt it couldn’t possibly be (something wrong with us) or me, because of what we had.”
Lisa claims Jamie became close to her two children and the couple had plans to get married and have more children together.
But after a trip to America, Lisa said Jamie stopped coming home and was often in a bad mood, later moving into the spare room.
It was then that she checked his phone.
“I found messages that were disgusting. They damaged me,” Lisa said.
New mystery woman:
“Well, um, no, I do have a lovely partner, yeah,” The Real Dirty Dancing star told host Kyle Sandilands.
“Sorry, my apologies. See I’m reading stuff… I dunno,” Kyle replied. “I have read [you] has been engaged three times but never married. And I thought maybe you were single.”
“Three times!” said Kyle’s co-host Jackie O, who was taken aback by Jamie’s romantic history.
“You’ve gotta try, don’t you?” Jamie joked in response but refused to identify his new woman.
As for Jamie’s romantic future, he says he very much wants to settle down and have more children.
“Of course I will. I’ve been married to my career for a while. I’m looking forward to having some more babies. At least two,” he told the Manly Daily in 2017.
Is He Gay?
Jamie Durie has never officially stated his sexual preferences.
Back as a teenager, Jamie got his showbiz start as an exotic dancer in the Australian all-male stripping group called Manpower Australia.
The very job Jamie started in the 1990s and did until he was 26, led many people to draw the conclusions of his being gay, which now only seems to be a baseless rumor.
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