“I’m happy for them, of course.”
When a media organisation secures an interview with the ex of someone dating a high-profile person, we settle in and wait for the claws to come out.
We wait for the scandals to emerge. We wait for the dirty little secrets to be laid upon the table.
And often they are, because break-ups are tough and can leave a trail of bitterness, hurt feelings and emotional scarring.
The pair made headlines last week when the outrage police discovered Mr Panton, 55, accompanied Ms Bishop to New York’s United Nations headquarters in what was dubbed “Bring Your Boyfriend to Work Day” by the media.
News Limited visited his former wife, Karen Panton, and probably expected some juicy goss.
But Ms Panton – who was divorced from her former husband five years ago – was nothing but kind and lovely about her ex.
She even gave her blessing to Mr Panton and Ms Bishop, who have been dating for close to a year.
Her approach was totally refreshing and heartening.