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Megan Gale and Shaun Hampson's relationship proves that sometimes, slow burns turn to fireworks

''Our sense of humour is so stitched together, it is like one mind.''

It started as long-distance, but nine years later, they are still going strong.
Megan Gale, 45, and former AFL star Shaun Hampson, 33, met in 2011, and although their connection wasn't initially instant, after they got to know each other better deep feelings began to grow.
"It was a slow burn," Megan admitted to Women's Weekly. "It wasn't that instant, see each other, fall in love, inseparable."
"I just found out after talking to him for a while that he had way more maturity and depth than I initially thought," Megan continued.
But at the time, Megan was living in Sydney, and Shaun was in Melbourne. They initially dated over Skype, and even though long-distance relationships can be a risk, it only solidified their undeniable chemistry.
In 2019, Megan told The Australian Women's Weekly, "We'd start Skyping around 8 pm, then look at the clock, and it would be 4 am.
"It was that giddy, high school thing where you could sleep for two hours then wake up and feel refreshed and energised. You're glowing and bolstered by this new connection."
The couple got engaged in 2017, they have yet to get married, but in 2019 Shaun opened up about his marriage plans.
At the time, he said the wedding might be a year away, and he gave a glimpse into the type of wedding the couple has in mind.
"There's just been so much on. Both of us are trying to find the time to focus on a wedding now that our lives are running smoothly. I can guarantee it'll be very small and intimate," Shaun told TV Week.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Shaun spoke candidly about missing Megan while on Survivor and revealed why their connection is so strong.
"Our sense of humour is so stitched together, it is like one mind. If we are not looking after the kids or doing dinner, we are joking around and I missed that connection. She is my number one," he told the publication.

On May 13 2014, the gorgeous couple welcomed their son, River, into the world.
"Our precious little 3.87kg (8.5 pound) man came into the world yesterday on the 13th of May 2014 at 4.47pm," Gale wrote alongside the picture," wrote Megan in her announcement.
The family of three became four when their daughter Rosie was born in 2017.
"Our darling little bun came out of the oven earlier this week 🍞 Sweet little soul. You are already so blessed. Healthy as can be with a family that has fallen head over heels in love with you," penned Megan.
The couple is more than just each other's partners in life but also in business.
Soon after the birth of River the proud parents announced that they had become co-owners of Ascot Food Store – which could be considered their third baby, as a business can be as demanding.
To soak in the love between this ridiculously good looking couple then enjoy this deep dive into their cutest moments together.

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