Schapelle Corby returned home to Australia with a broken heart after farewelling the love of her life last week, but Woman’s Day can reveal the couple have a secret plan to be together again.
“Schapelle is very much in love with her Balinese boyfriend Ben [Panangian]. She wanted to remain with him in Bali,” an Indonesian friend from the 39-year-old’s small, close-knit group confides exclusively to Woman’s Day.
“They were desperately trying to get pregnant before she left – that way she’d have an Indonesian baby and it would make her path back to seeing Ben a whole lot easier.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Schapelle is already pregnant – we’ve all been expecting the news by now,” she adds.
“Ben has been living with Schapelle and her brother in Bali for months, and they’ve been open about trying for a child. They both want a family together more than ever before.”
Described as “a really nice, easygoing surfer dude”, Ben studied marketing at Surabaya University but gave up his studies to become a surfing instructor and now runs a paddleboarding operation for tourists.
He and Schapelle are “two peas in a pod”, both enjoying the outdoors and appreciating the quiet, private life they had in Bali.
“No one really bothered them in Bali,” Schapelle’s friend confides.
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