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From the east to west: A look back at the sweet romance between long distance lovers Julie Bishop & David Panton

The pair have been together since 2014.

By Jess Pullar
They're the dynamic duo never once failing to capture our attention at A-list events.
They bring a sense of fair, a vibrancy, and air that's tough to create without a sure-fire spark.
That's exactly what Julie Bishop, 64 and her long-time partner David Panton are - fireworks - and it's not hard to see why.
You see, Julie and David have actually been in a long-distance relationship for a rather long time.
Julie met David when she was in the thick of her political career as Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs. Finding time for a brand-new relationship would have no doubt been difficult, but still, they made it work.
The pair are believed to have begun dating around 2014, when they were first seen in public together.
Sparks flew over a shared love of fitness and keeping healthy - Julie is known to be a keen runner, and David is a swimmer.
Now in his late 50s, David originally reigned from Melbourne and is an entrepreneur. But that's not where his colourful past ends.
He also ran a vineyard in Melbourne with his now ex-wife Karen. He also previously owned a pharmacy business in the Mornington Peninsula.
After moving to Sydney in 2014, around the same time it's understood he met Julie, he worked as a property developer.
The pair went public at the 2014 Melbourne Cup. (Getty)
Speaking of David in a 2019 interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Julie explained why she hadn't decided to relocate to New South Wales' Manly, where David resides, nor why David hadn't moved to Perth, where Julie is based.
"[David and I] meet constantly, travel together and travel overseas to keep it fresh," she said in the interview.
She also added: "I think long-distance relationships can be a lot of fun."
The stylish duo are no strangers to getting glammed up for A-list events. (Getty)
The pair were first pictured together at the 2014 Melbourne Cup - quite the place to make a couples' debut.
Then in 2015, he accompanied Julie to New York where he sat with her while she worked at the UN Headquarters.
Their affection and love for each other is undeniable. How sweet is this tender moment when Julie fixed his bow-tie at the recent Gold Dinner in Sydney. (Getty)
In recent years, we've seen the pair attend various A-List events together, both on the east and west coast of Australia - but of course, there was a small bump in the road curing the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 when Julie was separated from her partner for several months.
At the time, Julie told The Daily Telegraph that FaceTime became their go-to: "It isn't great but it is all you can do because he can't get in here [WA] and I can't go there without having to get an exemption. It is very difficult but I know a lot of families have been separated in this way, it is challenging."
They're certainly no strangers to the red carpet... (Getty)
And since reuniting, the pair have made no delay in getting out and about together - attending red carpet events and even having the occasional night out with pals, which Julie sometimes shares pictures from.
With that in mind, there's no denying the couple are in it for keeps with a relationship filled with love and support for each other.
Til the next glamorous red carpet event...
WATCH BELOW: Julie Bishop and David Panton at the Women's Weekly Women of the Future Awards:

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