Jacqui Lambie has made a reasonable request:
“I just want somebody that is going to not just be my partner, but my best friend as well for the rest of my life. That’s what I’m looking for.”
The former senator appeared on Channel 7’s Sunday Night program to make her intentions clear: she’s finally putting herself first, and looking for love.
A romantic relationship is something the 47-year-old hasn’t had time for in 15 years, concentrating instead on raising her two children as a single mum – and, of course, establishing herself as one of Australia’s most successful (and controversial) high-profile female politicians.
As Lambie explained to Sunday Night, after she relinquished office last year, she knew it was time to prioritise her romantic needs. The problem was, she was severely out of practise.
“I’ve been by myself for so long that I’ve just switched off on that side of life,” she said.
But despite that, and her cautious nature, her ‘drought’ has helped her define what she wants.
“I think that what I’m looking for is just a good Aussie bloke who can hold his own.”
Her criteria is very straightforward – much like the former Senator herself.
“You know, doesn’t have too much drama in his life. He’s got no exes that are bothering him, he’s got no kid custody battles going on out there, he’s getting on with his life, he’s happy, he’s outgoing.
“I think that’s somebody that, you know, can pick up tools, use tools, but can put a suit on,” she said. “I don’t want a homebody. I want them to have their own career, and their own job.”
Lambie made it clear that while she may be considered middle-aged, that doesn’t mean she’s dead on the inside.
“You know, you can say that somebody’s a hottie out there. Doesn’t mean you’re actually going to have a connection with them. Mind you, it’s probably easier to have a connection with them when they are a bit of a hottie …”
At one point, she cheekily added, “Bit of beef is good.”
With this in mind, Lambie chose a more traditional approach to finding a bloke, rather than using a dating app, enlisting support in the form of her best mates, and relationship expert Samantha Jayne. Although, arguably, televising her journey could be considered somewhat unconventional.
“It’s really important for me to get to know Jacqui Lambie, who she really is, not who she is outside in the media,” Jayne said on the program.
“She is missing that love and that connection.”