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At 16, Waleed Aly's wife Susan Carland told him, "I wouldn't marry you if were the last person on earth," and she's been eating her words ever since

''Everyone who knows her knows that she changes you and she makes you better.''

By Faye Couros
At the age of 16, Susan Carland was in pursuit of understanding the Islamic faith. To follow her mission, she met the Aly family, who had a son around her age called Waleed.
The two teens blossomed a friendship, but one of them secretly harboured more for the other, and one daring day, Waleed revealed his desire to become something more. But the whip-smart Susan threw him a dagger when she told him, "I wouldn't marry you if you were the last person on earth."
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A year later, Susan realised her own big feelings for Waleed, and after a well-crafted apology, she asked him if they could go on a date.
Since this is a love story, after all, the Project host accepted her invitation, and during an interview with Meshel Laurie, Susan revealed, "He never lets her forget it."
In 2002 they wed on the lawns of Melbourne Zoo, and 19 years later, it's clear that they made a sure bet on each other.
Waleed and Susan have also grown a gorgeous family and are parents to their daughter, Aisha, and son, Zayd.
The peak of their relationship in the public eye came in 2016 when Waleed won the TV Week Gold Logie, and he dedicated the award to his wife with a speech so sweet the whole of Australia swooned.
"If she had my job, she'd be better at it than me," he began.
"She's sharper, she's wittier, she's funnier, she's infinitely more charming and likeable, and I'm really glad she doesn't have my job because otherwise I definitely wouldn't have it."
He added: "Everyone who knows her knows that she changes you, and she makes you better. She's done that in her work, she's done that in her community work, and they don't give statuettes to people like that, sadly, but one day if life's fair, they might just give her a statue."
It was a blissful moment, and our hearts were further warmed by Susan's admission on The Binge podcast, which revealed she hadn't expected the grand declaration.
"When he started to say all that I had tears in my eyes but I really fought them back because I didn't want it to become about me, I didn't want TV crews to be saying, 'Oh she's crying!' I wanted it all to be about Waleed, so I kept it together," she said.
Of course, we believe every word Waleed said because his wife, who is an author, feminist, and respected academic who has dedicated her life to advocating for women's rights, is rather incredible.
After 16 years of marriage, Susan told TV WEEK the secret behind their success, and please, take notes.
"I think it's not just that we love each other, we really like each other. I also think it helps that we both feel we married up. When you both think that, it tends to work pretty well," she shared.
They are one of Australia's smartest couples, so in honour of their genius, let's gasp in awe of their love.

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