Julie Bishop steps out at Alexander McQueen exhibition with rumoured ‘hunky boyfriend’ Luke Hepworth
Former foreign minister Julie Bishop stepped out for yet another event with the man many have dubbed her “hunky boyfriend”.
Bishop, 66, wowed in a black and silver ensemble by Pat Bo from David Jones as she attended National Gallery of Victoria Gala in Melbourne for the Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse exhibition on December 10.
Bishop once again appeared on the arm of entrepreneur Luke Hepworth – continuing to fuel romance rumours between the pair.
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Over on Twitter, some viewers claimed Bishop looked “smitten” with “hunky boyfirnd” Hepworth – however he has previously denied a romance between the pair.
What is certain is that the duo has been increasingly seen together in recent months.
On December 1, Bishop also stepped out with Hepworth for an event hosted by champagne house Moet & Chandon at Sydney Harbour.
She wore a slinky black gown for that occasion, accessorising with a metallic clutch, while Hepworth looked dapper in a suit and bow tie.
However, Hepworth – who describes himself as an “adventure philanthropist, adrenalin junkie and Virgin Galactic future astronaut” – previously said they were only “working on a charity project” together.
“We are definitely not dating, mate,” he told the Daily Telegraph in November.
“I am not in a relationship.
“She is just a good friend of mine and a wonderful human, so we have been to a couple of charity events.”
However, Hepworth confirmed he had known the former politician for several years.
On a previous outing with Hepworth, Bishop donned a glittering silver gown, while he once again looked slick in a black ensemble and bow tie.
Other photos posted to Instagram showed Hepworth and Bishop at a Sydney Dance Company event and at a function at Nobu Sydney in September.
The pair was also snapped at the inaugural Street Side Medics Gala Ball at the Crown Sydney on August 20.
Bishop split with her long-term partner David Panton in July.
The duo was pictured together at a dinner in London with Prince Charles just six days before the news broke.
“I’m going to be focused on living in Manly and Melbourne for the foreseeable future,” Panton said in a statement to the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I wish Julie all the best in her ongoing stellar career.”
Bishop and Panton are believed to have begun dating around 2014 and they maintained a long-distance relationship for years – with Bishop based in Perth while Panton was in Sydney.
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