15 May '11, 2am

Australia's 'First Bloke' wants to marry Gillard

Australia's 'First Bloke' wants to marry Gillard

SYDNEY: Prime Minister Julia Gillard could soon have a wedding ring on her finger if boyfriend Tim Mathieson gets his way, although Australia's first female leader played down the suggestions Sunday. Mathieson, a former hairdresser who is known as Australia's 'First Bloke', said he would like to tie the knot one day with the 49-year-old. "I would like to ask her," the 54-year-old, who has three children from a previous marriage, told the Sydney Sunday Telegraph. "At the moment I'm really quite happy with our relationship the way it is. "Like Julia, I don't think we need to be cemented in any other way. "We're just happy with the way we are, but I would hope if I did ask her that, of course, she would say yes. Absolutely." Mathieson and Gillard, who has never married before and has no children, have been an item for nearly five years. An anonymous source close to Gillard to...

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