Jodie Haydon on emotional farewell with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese before he left for Ukraine

Jodie Haydon reveals why she teared up in emotional goodbye to Anthony Albanese before he visited Ukraine – and the moment everything became ‘overwhelming’

  • Jodie Haydon opened up on teary goodbye shared with Anthony Albanese 
  • Pair were filmed having a final hug before Mr Albanese left for war-torn Ukraine
  • Prime minister was escorted through towns and closely tailed by security teams 

Jodie Haydon has lifted the lid on the emotional moment she shared a teary goodbye with Anthony Albanese before he left for war-torn Ukraine.

Ms Haydon broke down as she tightly embraced her partner in Paris before the pair parted ways and Mr Albanese set off for the country in eastern Europe last Sunday.

The 44-year-old revealed she had been preparing to say farewell to the prime minister all day but became overwhelmed with emotion during the final moments.

She made the revelation as she opened up on her relationship with Mr Albanese and the moment she could have lost him after he became involved in a car crash – in an interview with 7 Spotlight that will air at 7pm on Sunday.

Jodie Haydon has lifted the lid on the emotional moment she shared a teary goodbye with Anthony Albanese before he left for war-torn Ukraine

Jodie Haydon has lifted the lid on the emotional moment she shared a teary goodbye with Anthony Albanese before he left for war-torn Ukraine

Ms Haydon broke down as she tightly embraced her partner in Paris before the pair parted ways and Mr Albanese set off for the country in Eastern Europe last Sunday

Ms Haydon broke down as she tightly embraced her partner in Paris before the pair parted ways and Mr Albanese set off for the country in Eastern Europe last Sunday 

‘That was really hard. I’d been doing so well all day in preparation for him going,’ she told Spotlight.

‘I think it was the moment that we got down into the foyer and the team was lined up to say goodbye to him. 

‘And there were some hugs and some embraces, and we get outside and the car’s waiting, and suddenly it hits me, he’s going to a war zone.’ 

Ms Haydon was left so upset she had to be comforted by nearby staffers, describing the whole ordeal as ‘overwhelming’.

She confessed it was not the first time she had been left fearing for his safety after Mr Albanese was involved in a car crash in January 2021.

The then-opposition leader was driving in his car when a Range Rover veered onto the wrong side of the road and collided with his vehicle on Hill Street at Marrickville, in Sydney’s inner-west. 

Mr Albanese suffered internal and external injuries and stayed in hospital overnight before he was discharged the following day.

‘When I got to the accident and I saw the car before I saw Anthony, and I remember thinking at the time, “this can’t end well”,’ Ms Haydon said. 

‘And that overwhelming sense of “what if I lose him?” And I knew then that, yeah, I love him. And I love him deeply.’ 

She made the revelation as she opened up on her relationship with Mr Albanese and the moment she could have lost him after he became involved in a car crash - in an interview with 7News that will air at 7pm on Sunday

She made the revelation as she opened up on her relationship with Mr Albanese and the moment she could have lost him after he became involved in a car crash – in an interview with 7News that will air at 7pm on Sunday

Ms Haydon met Mr Albanese in Melbourne in March 2020. 

She said she had heard about Mr Albanese in the newspapers and became glad after quickly learning he was the type of man portrayed on television.

Ms Haydon recalled accompanying Mr Albanese to his trip to Paris where the prime minister tried to heal wounds with President Emmanuel Macron after Scott Morrison dumped the $90billion contract to buy French-made submarines.

She said she had received a very warm welcome from both Mr Macron and his wife Brigitte who held her hand.

She made a cheeky dig at Mr Albanese who said he could learn a thing or two from the pair.  

Mr Albanese left Paris to travelled to the Ukraine with at least a dozen armed Australian Special Forces soldiers escorting him.

The party’s vehicle convoy carried weapons, body armour and medical provisions in case of an emergency.

Ukrainian special forces, in full battle kit, also shadowed the prime minister’s every move.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese toured damaged residential areas on the outskirts of Kyiv during the top secret visit

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese toured damaged residential areas on the outskirts of Kyiv during the top secret visit

Mr Albanese travelled first to Bucha, to pay his respects at a mass grave where 416 civilians were buried by Russian forces after being executed.

‘Bucha is now a notorious name,’ local council head Tars Shaprovskiy told him.

‘This is a very sad place.

‘Every one of them shot. This was not collateral damage, this was intentional.

‘One of the slaughterhouses was a summer camp. There were four volunteers there. They were all shot.’

Mr Albanese told him: ‘Australia shares your desire to seek justice for these war crimes, and we will continue to do so’.

The grave, behind the town’s Church of St Andrews, has become a pilgrimage site for visiting dignitaries.

In a chapel underneath the church, Mr Albanese joined the congregation, lighting a candle for the victims of the massacre.

Mr Albanese travelled in an armoured LandCruiser. Local traffic was blocked wherever his party went, with soldiers and police stationed along the route.

Armed Ukrainian troops kept a vigilant guard as Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese toured Maidan Square in the war-torn capital of Kyiv last Sunday

Armed Ukrainian troops kept a vigilant guard as Australian prime minister Anthony Albanese toured Maidan Square in the war-torn capital of Kyiv last Sunday

The PM pledged an extra $100million in military aid to Ukraine and will provide 34 additional armoured vehicles.

The $99.5million boost is on top of a previously announced $285million in military assistance, which included 40 Bushmasters and artillery pieces and $65million in humanitarian assistance.

Australia’s aid to Ukraine now totals about $390million.

Mr Albanese also announced a ban on imports of Russian gold and sanctions and travel bans on 16 more Russian ministers and oligarchs, bringing the total number to 843 individuals and 62 entities targeted.

The PM has also promised an extra $100 million in military aid to Ukraine and will provide 34 additional armoured vehicles (pictured in Irpin, Ukraine)

The PM has also promised an extra $100 million in military aid to Ukraine and will provide 34 additional armoured vehicles (pictured in Irpin, Ukraine)

Meeting with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the prime minister reaffirmed Australia’s support for Ukraine and promised to back the nation.

‘I pay tribute to the courage, resilience, bravery and determination of you as the leader of Ukraine, of your defence force, but importantly as well of your entire population who are determined to stand up to a bully which is breaching international law without any provocation or any excuse,’ Mr Albanese said.

‘Australia stands ready to continue to support the government and the people of Ukraine for as long as it takes for Ukraine to emerge victorious in defence of your national sovereignty and your homeland.’

Australia is the largest non-NATO contributor to the effort to support Ukraine, which was invaded by Russia in February.

‘Airbus Albo’ divides Aussies as critics slam him for staying overseas as NSW grapples with deadly floods – but supporters say there’s NO comparison to when ScoMo went to Hawaii during bushfires

Anthony Albanese has faced criticism for being overseas while NSW suffers deadly floods – but his supporters defended his absence as he made an historic visit to war-torn Ukraine.

The prime minister has been away since last Sunday on official trips to a NATO leaders’ summit in Spain, a meeting with President Emmanuel Macron in Paris and a high-security trip to Kyiv to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Despite all the trips being official business and in the national interest, some Aussies took to social media to say they would have preferred him to be at home as the hashtags ‘Airbus Albo’ and ‘Where’s Albo’ trended on Twitter and others labelled him ‘Anthony Overseasy’.

Since winning the election on May 21, Mr Albanese has travelled more than 45,000km on trips to Japan, Indonesia, the UAE, Spain, France, Poland and Ukraine where, on Sunday, he announced a further $100million in aid for the nation’s defence against Russia.

Anthony Albanese (pictured in Kyiv) has faced criticism for being overseas while NSW suffers deadly floods - but his supporters defended his absence as he visited war-torn Ukraine

Anthony Albanese (pictured in Kyiv) has faced criticism for being overseas while NSW suffers deadly floods – but his supporters defended his absence as he visited war-torn Ukraine

Since winning the election on May 21, Mr Albanese has travelled more than 45,000km overseas

Since winning the election on May 21, Mr Albanese has travelled more than 45,000km overseas

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Shadow Immigration Minister Dan Tehan said Mr Albanese, who will travel to Fiji for a Pacific Islands forum later this week, was too focussed on international issues. 

‘Well, it is concerning because what he seems to be doing is focusing completely on the international front and good Prime Ministers can do both,’ he told Sky News.

The Prime Minister’s office said he was being briefed on the NSW floods and will consider a trip to flooded areas after he returns late on Tuesday night. 

Angry Australians compared Mr Albanese’s absence during the floods to Scott Morrison’s infamous holiday to Hawaii during the December 2019 bushfires.

Critics dredged up a tweet Mr Albanese made in March saying: ‘If I’m Prime Minister, I won’t go missing when the going gets tough – or pose for photos and then disappear when there’s a job to be done. 

‘I’ll show up, I’ll step up – and I’ll work every day to bring our country together.’

Some also criticised the PM’s decision to give more of taxpayers’ money to Ukraine, although the move was supported by politicians across the aisle.  

Mr Albanese's critics said they would have preferred him to be at home as the hashtag 'Airbus Albo' trended on Twitter - but not everyone agreed

Mr Albanese’s critics said they would have preferred him to be at home as the hashtag ‘Airbus Albo’ trended on Twitter – but not everyone agreed

Anthony Albanese (right) and Ukrainian Ambassador to Australia Vasyl Myroschnychenko (left) take a selfie as they visit Maidan square in Kyiv on Sunday

Anthony Albanese (right) and Ukrainian Ambassador to Australia Vasyl Myroschnychenko (left) take a selfie as they visit Maidan square in Kyiv on Sunday

But others said the Hawaii comparison was not fair because Mr Albanese was on key foreign policy trips while Mr Morrison had been sipping cocktails by the beach.

At the NATO summit in Spain, Mr Albanese said it was highly beneficial for Australia to be there to discuss China’s increasing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific. 

The group declared China a ‘security threat’ for the first time.

He then had a successful meeting with President Emmanuel Macron to repair frosty relations after Mr Morrison dumped a $90billion submarine deal with a French company and then leaked private texts between him and Mr Macron. 

Mr Albanese was also warmly received on his high-security trip to Ukraine. 

He is the first Aussie Prime Minister to visit the country and his important trip showed that the western world – beyond just Europe – is united against Russia’s aggression.

Australia is the largest non-NATO donor to the country’s war effort after Moscow invaded in February. 

Others said the Hawaii comparison was not fair because Mr Albanese was on key foreign policy trips while Mr Morrison had been sipping cocktails by the beach

Others said the Hawaii comparison was not fair because Mr Albanese was on key foreign policy trips while Mr Morrison had been sipping cocktails by the beach

Opposition leader Peter Dutton went on leave on Sunday and will not return to work until July 19.

Heavy rain over the weekend has seen more than 32,000 people across NSW – mostly in Greater Sydney – urged to leave their homes while another 6,000 are on alert on Monday.

One man, a kayaker, died after being pulled from Sydney’s Parramatta River.

Emergency Management Minister Murray Watt has been actively responding to the floods and has sent 200 ADF troops to help out. 

Former PM Scott Morrison was roasted for going on holiday to Hawaii (pictured) during bushfires

Former PM Scott Morrison was roasted for going on holiday to Hawaii (pictured) during bushfires

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