Megan Gale reflects on backlash after splitting from radio host Andy Lee: ‘It was very demeaning’
Megan Gale has reflected on the “demeaning” aftermath of her breakup with Andy Lee in 2011.
Gale, 44, who dated the radio host between 2006 and 2010, believed that public perception of her changed after they parted ways.
“It was very demeaning … It was really challenging to navigate for a while,” the former model said on Mamamia’s No Filter podcast this week.
“It wasn’t a good time. It almost felt like I had done something wrong and I had been tarnished like I’d done something wrong. When I was with [Andy], everyone loved us together.
“We were going through what we were going through very privately for quite a while, so when people found out we were broken up, I think it came as a bit of a shock and I did appear to have moved on relatively quickly.
“It was new for other people, but it was old for us.”
Shortly after Gale split from Lee, she started dating AFL player and ex Australian Survivor star Shaun Hampson.
The mother of two admitted she was “aggravated” by the public’s reaction to the age gap between them.
“If he was 12 years older than me, it wouldn’t have been a problem. But because I was the woman and I was older, and it made it a bit salacious,” she added.
Gale now shares two children with Hampson: River, five, and Rosie, two. The couple announced news of their engagement in July 2017.
“For goodness sake, can’t a girl go for leisurely beach stroll without chipping a nail?!” Gale wrote alongside an image of her chipped nail and diamond engagement ring.
Meanwhile, Lee, 38, started dating 27-year-old model Rebecca Harding in 2014.
Last year, Gale opened up to 9Honey about the mantra that’s helped her balance work and family life.
“I heard a saying the other day that we stick to: ‘It’s better to be 100 per cent present 50 per cent of the time, rather than 50 per cent present 100 per cent of the time’,” she said in November last year.