In December 2010, what was arguably the most high-profile relationship in our country fell apart.
Andy Lee was one-half of the much-loved comedic duo Hamish and Andy, and Megan Gale was, well, Megan Gale. They were likeable, famous but down-to-earth, unaffected by fame and money and the trappings of both.
He was the bumbling comedian, she the beautifully approachable model. And then, after four years together, they broke up.
Since then, both have been reluctant to comment on the break down of the relationship, nor the period the followed. However, in an interview with News Corp’s Stellar Magazine this weekend, Gale has addressed the year later – 2011 – and how, for her, that time was plagued by the first kinds of negative press she had ever received.
The rumours were that she was a diva, her demeanour a little more aloof. The headlines were aplenty: “Is Megan Gale the most misunderstood woman on the planet?”; “Perfection brings out ‘diva’ in Megan Gale on Project Runway”; “Megan Gale blows up at waiting paparazzi”; were just three than ran within weeks of each other in the months after Lee and Gale broke up.
So was she ‘punished’ by the media because of her break-up, and because she moved on a month later with AFL footballer Shaun Hampson?
“[Those stories] blindsided me. I don’t know how or why it started. The only thing I could pinpoint it on was perhaps when I started seeing Shaun, [it] wasn’t long after I broke up with [comedian] Andy Lee. I’d just started doing Project Runway Australia. I had a lot of media to do.
“They wanted me to push the show, but all anyone wanted to talk about was Andy and Shaun. I had to do my job and be professional. I wanted to protect my new partner. I still had a lot of respect for Andy — I wanted to protect him. I was in a position where I had to shut it down. As a result there was probably a perception I was putting a wall up, but it was the best I could do at the time,” she told the magazine, adding “it’s hard to say” whether she was being punished for the break-up.