Newly-single Julie Bishop steps out with fellow socialite Ellie Aitken as the pair show off their dazzling designer style at an event for the Sydney Dance Company
They have both gone through recent relationship woes.
And now Julie Bishop has joined forces with fellow heartbroken socialite Ellie Aitken.
The pair were photographed together at a glamorous event held on behalf of the Sydney Dance Company on the weekend.
Julie Bishop (right), 66, and socialite Ellie Aitken (left), 42, were photographed together at a glamorous event held on behalf of Sydney Dance Company on the weekend
In a post shared by the high-profile socialite, the pair were seen dressed to the nines while Ms Bishop, 66, rested her arm around Ms Aitken’s shoulder.
Ms Aitken, 42, dazzled in a black long-sleeved mini dress, accessorising with black patent heels and a gorgeous jewelled necklace.
‘What a wonderful night supporting the phenomenal @sydneydanceco,’ Ms Aitken captioned the photo.
Ms Bishop, for her part, also shared intimate moments from the event.
The former Australian foreign minister posted several snaps from the red carpet, looking elegant in a grey fitted dress and pearl drop earrings.
In posts shared by the females, the pair were seen dressed to the nines at the glamorous event
The former Australian foreign minister posted several snaps from the red carpet, looking elegant in a grey fitted dress and pearl drop earrings
‘Glittering evening showcasing the best of Australian contemporary dance @sydneydanceco,’ she wrote.
The pair’s sighting comes after Ms Aitken found herself at the centre of a high-profile split in December after it emerged her husband of 20 years was having an affair with her best friend.
Funds manager Charlie Aitken, 48, announced he’d separated from Ms Aitken and moved on with her younger friend Hollie Nasser.
The move sent shockwaves through their tight-knit eastern suburbs circles, particularly since Ms Nasser, 36, was also married to Mr Aitken’s business partner, Christopher Nasser.
Ms Aitken found herself at the centre of a high-profile split in December after it emerged her husband of 20 years Charlie Aitken (left) was having an affair with her best friend
Funds manager Mr Aitken, 48, announced he’d separated from Ms Aitken (left) and moved on with her younger friend Hollie Nasser (right)
‘The truth is that despite the support of friends and family I have not coped well with the deeply hurtful lies, gossip and innuendo that has surrounded the breakdown of my relationship,’ Ms Aitken said in a statement in early December.
She announced she would be ‘taking a break from social media’ and public life while she and her family adjusted to the separation and her estranged husband’s new relationship.
‘I had attempted to put on a brave face and tried to manage my feelings and well-being despite the fact I have not had any control over the reasons for my sorrow,’ she added.
Ms Aitken later shared a text message she’d received from Ms Nasser on Instagram, in which her former friend accused her of ‘playing the victim’ and blamed her for ‘ruining her marriage’.
‘I had attempted to put on a brave face and tried to manage my feelings and wellbeing despite the fact that I have not had any control over the reasons for my sorrow,’ Ms Aitken said in a statement in December. Pictured L-R: Mr Nasser, Ms Nasser, Ms Aitken and Mr Aitken
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia at the time, a longtime friend revealed: ‘Ellie is not coping well at all. She’s broken. Her whole life has just crumbled around her.’
According to The Daily Telegraph, Ms Aitken is now in a much better place, and has even been spending time with her ex-husband for the sake of their two children.
‘People really admire how gracious she has been throughout this ordeal. She’s doing much better and definitely has her groove back,’ a source said.
Ms Nasser has since split from the investment banker.
Ms Bishop’s ex allegedly dumped her over dinner in Sydney in July, putting an end to their eight-year relationship.. Pictured together in 2015
Meanwhile, Ms Bishop’s ex-lover David Panton dated from 2014 until July this year, when Mr Panton, a property developer, abruptly broke up with Ms Bishop over dinner at a restaurant in Circular Quay.
The jet-setting couple had attended a private engagement with Prince Charles, now King Charles III, in London just a week earlier.
The former deputy leader of the Liberal Party was reportedly blindsided by the split, and Mr Panton was later romantically linked to a woman from the Northern Beaches.
Conspicuous by his absence was Ms Bishop’s ex-lover David Panton, who used to be her ‘handbag’ at every celebrity party or red carpet event she would attend. The pair (pictured with James Packer in December 2015) dated from 2014 until July this year
Mr Panton was sometimes described as Ms Bishop’s ‘handbag’ during their eight years together as he was regularly photographed smiling by her side at lavish social gatherings. Pictured together in March
Mr Panton was sometimes described as Ms Bishop’s ‘handbag’ during their eight years together as he was regularly photographed smiling by her side at sparkling social gatherings, while barely saying a word in public.
He was largely unknown when he first appeared with Ms Bishop at the 2014 Melbourne Cup, a year after the prime minister Tony Abbott appointed her minister for foreign affairs.
They had been introduced by Ms Bishop’s close friend and retired Liberal politician Bruce Baird and shared an interest in fitness and health.
A seemingly never-ending round of glamorous outings followed – including repeated invitations to marquees at Flemington Racecourse, opening nights, film premieres and fashion shows.
Mr Panton, a property developer, abruptly broke up with Ms Bishop over dinner at a restaurant in Circular Quay. The jet-setting couple had attended a private engagement with Prince Charles (left), now King Charles III, in London just a week earlier
INSIDE JULIE BISHOP AND DAVID PANTON’S RELATIONSHIP
November, 2014: Julie Bishop and David Panton are pictured publicly for the first time at the 2014 Melbourne Cup
December, 2018: The pair attend Karl Stefanovic’s wedding to Jasmine Yarbrough in Mexico
November, 2019: Ms Bishop gives a rare insight into her relationship and why she fell for the property developer
‘He’s a very independent-minded and successful businessman, and he has a delightful sense of humour. He makes me laugh,’ she told the Sydney Morning Herald
September 2020: Ms Bishop talks of the struggles of their long distance relationship during Covid, with her living in Perth and Mr Panton in Sydney
The pair was separated for seven months
‘The first place I will go is to Sydney to see David,’ Ms Bishop told The Daily Telegraph about borders reopening.
‘We FaceTime. 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.’
July 2022: Pair attend St James’s Palace in London last week for an event honouring Prince Charles’ charity
The news breaks six days later she and Mr Panton have split