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Grace Tame confessed she didn’t know what love was before meeting fiancé Max Heerey

''He’s the love of my life, my actual soulmate.''

By Maddison Leach
She was named Australian of the Year in 2021, now Grace Tame plans to add another title to her long list of accolades: wife.
The 27-year-old childhood sexual abuse advocate announced on January 22 that her longtime partner Max Heerey had popped the question during a bike ride.
Never one to mince her words, Grace told him "OATH YES!" and shared their exciting news with the world on Instagram and Twitter.
Grace Tame announced her surprise engagement to Max Heerey in January 2022. (Instagram)
"Love you forever and ever angel man🤍😭✨" she captioned a photo showing off a unique sapphire engagement ring while Max kissed her head.
"Huge thank-you to @jordanngrech / @tenderscars for designing the most exquisite sapphire ring 🙏🏼"
Another picture showed the moment Max got down on one knee while an emotional Grace said yes – all with their bike helmets still on.
Grace joked of the photo: "And [thank you] to my cousin Eloise (Weasy bun) for capturing the surprise from the bushes on our ride this morning haha. We're over the moon 🌙 xxx"
She also shared a close-up of her one-of-a-kind ring, which features an ethically sourced natural Queensland sapphire set in 14 carat white gold.
Famous friends flooded Grace's announcement with messages of congratulations, including Lisa Wilkinson who wrote: "Huge congrats to you Grace and that amazing man of yours. So happy for you both. Xxx👏👏👏❤️"
But who is the amazing man who will soon be calling Grace his wife?
Max is, according to Grace, the love of her life and "actual soulmate" as well as being one of her biggest supporters in her advocacy work.
WATCH: Australian of the Year Grace Tame's National Press Club address. Story continues after video.
He's currently the Chief Operating Officer of The Grace Tame Foundation, which officially launched in December 2021 and continues Grace's work against child sexual abuse.
But more than that, Max is the person who helped Grace understand exactly what true love is after they met in 2020, following her move home to Tasmania.
"I know it sounds trite and soppy, but I couldn't give less of a f--k about that. Because, yeah, I know what love is now," the activist told Marie Claire in May 2021.
"I'd known it in a platonic way and in a familial way, but not this kind of love. And we've both been in long-term relationships before.
Her ring features an ethically sourced natural Queensland sapphire set in 14 carat white gold. (Instagram)
"I was even married [to American actor Spencer Breslin]. But I'm already closer to Max than I was to my husband, and we've only been together for five months."
Now, almost a year after Grace told the outlet Max is undoubtedly the love of her life, it looks like they're ready to make things official.
As for Max, he's made his respect, admiration and adoration for Grace known countless times on social media, where he regularly shares posts dedicated to her.
In honour of their beautiful relationship and exciting engagement, we've collected some of Grace and Max's best moments together below.
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