Inside Richard Wilkins and Nicola Dale’s rocky relationship: Signs their romance was in


Richard Wilkins reportedly split from his girlfriend of four years Nicola Dale last November. 

And it appears the pair’s romance may have been in trouble before the breakup.

The seemingly happy couple were last pictured at a public event together in November during Derby Day celebrations in Melbourne. 

Former flight attendant Nicola shared several photos of the pair walking the red carpet and having a fun night out with friends. 

In fact, the podcaster often shared pictures of the Nine Entertainment Editor to social media throughout their four-year relationship. 

Richard Wilkins, 69, (right) allegedly split from girlfriend of four years Nicola Dale (left) last November, with the news only surfacing this week - here are the signs things weren't quite right

Richard Wilkins, 69, (right) allegedly split from girlfriend of four years Nicola Dale (left) last November, with the news only surfacing this week – here are the signs things weren’t quite right

But the posts began to slow down early last year.

Nicola also shared their romantic holiday snaps less and less.

On June 14, she posted a sweet picture of the pair in Ibiza as they stood in front of a sunset, but he didn’t appear in any more photos of her weeks-long overseas trip with friends. 

In September, he could be seen in the blurry background of a selfie she took at a charity event hosted by his Today colleague Sylvia Jeffreys.

Nicola often posted loved up pictures of her and Richard together, while the Weekend Today star rarely shared photos of her to his socials. Pictured together on a yacht off the coast of France last September

Nicola often posted loved up pictures of her and Richard together, while the Weekend Today star rarely shared photos of her to his socials. Pictured together on a yacht off the coast of France last September

Later that same month was the last time they were seen in paparazzi photos together in images of them relaxing on a multi-million dollar superyacht in France.

Celebrity accountant Anthony Bell had invited the media personality and Nicola onto his Ghost III for the European getaway along with other notable guests.

Meanwhile, Richard rarely featured Nicola on his Instagram page, with the last post of her at the launch of son Christian Wilkins’ first book launch on October 6. 

Before that, the radio presenter posted a picture of her dog Fred on June 6, saying he missed the poodle mix as he and Nicola appeared to go on a holiday. 

The seemingly happy couple were last pictured at a public event together in November during Derby Day celebrations in Melbourne. Both pictured with actor friend Matt Damon and Richard's son Christian Wilkins

The seemingly happy couple were last pictured at a public event together in November during Derby Day celebrations in Melbourne. Both pictured with actor friend Matt Damon and Richard’s son Christian Wilkins

On March 30, days after engagement rumours about the pair emerged, Richard shared a very romantic picture of himself and Nicola on a boat with Sir Rod Stewart.

‘Tonight’s the night,’ he captioned it.

Despite Richard rarely sharing photos of Nicola or interacting with any of her posts online during their relationship, there are signs he may already regret letting her go.

Nicola has unfollowed Richard on Instagram and hasn’t interacted with any of his posts since November, when she liked a photo of him posing with Robbie Williams. 

However Richard currently still follows Nicola’s socials, and even liked a photo of her on December 30 when she shared snaps of herself celebrating her friend’s birthday. 

The couple seemed to try and make things work despite things cooling off. Pictured sharing an awkward kiss in September during their trip to France

The couple seemed to try and make things work despite things cooling off. Pictured sharing an awkward kiss in September during their trip to France

News of Richard and Nicola’s alleged split broke on Sunday.

He was rumoured to be popping the question soon, but it appears those reports may have instead cooled the relationship.

Sources told The Daily Telegraph the couple split in November, not long after they were spotted together at Derby Day celebrations in Melbourne

The insider claimed their relationship got rocky in March after online media outlets speculated about their possible engagement. 

They said Richard was reluctant to marry a fourth time after giving away a small fortune to his last three wives during their respective divorces. 

Richard's last post including Nicola was posted on October 6, showing the pair at his son Christian Wilkins' first book launch on October 6

Richard’s last post including Nicola was posted on October 6, showing the pair at his son Christian Wilkins’ first book launch on October 6

However sources close to the television host said in March he wanted to make a commitment to the former flight attendant, whom he has been dating since 2020.

‘Dickie may be 68, but he’s got a lot of life left in him. He’s now more than ready to finally settle down,’ they told New Idea at the time.

‘They just have this lovely ease about them. As a couple, they give each other space, but seem to really love being together.

‘He also sees his good mate Karl Stefanovic so happy and settled with Jasmine and his new family, and Dickie wants what Karl has.’

Richard has been married three times and has five children to four different mothers.

Before that, Richard shared only a picture of her dog Fred back in June, saying he missed the pooch

Before that, Richard shared only a picture of her dog Fred back in June, saying he missed the pooch

On March 30, days after engagement rumours about the pair emerged, Richard shared a very romantic picture of himself and Nicola on a boat with Sir Rod Stewart (right). 'Tonight's the night,' he captioned the picture which saw the trio posing in front of a beautiful sunset

On March 30, days after engagement rumours about the pair emerged, Richard shared a very romantic picture of himself and Nicola on a boat with Sir Rod Stewart (right). ‘Tonight’s the night,’ he captioned the picture which saw the trio posing in front of a beautiful sunset

He first married at the age of 18 after his 16-year-old girlfriend Lynette fell pregnant. The teenage couple went on to have a son together, named Adam.

After moving to Australia to pursue his pop career, Richard married for a second time and had two more children, daughter Rebecca and son Nick.

When that marriage finished, Richard had a series of romances with high-profile women, including actress Rebecca Gibney in 1989.

Their relationship reportedly ended when Richard left the actress for his third wife Michelle Burke. Together the couple had a son, model and actor Christian.

After they split, Richard went on to have a fifth child with designer Collette Dinnigan. They broke up in 2004 when she was yet to give birth to their daughter Estella.

Back in 2017, Richard joked that after three divorces ‘marriage is not my specialty’.

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Richard and Nicola, but Richard declined to comment. 



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