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Layne Beachley calls husband Kirk Pengilly the ‘love of my life’


The strongest couple in showbiz: Layne Beachley calls husband Kirk Pengilly the ‘love of my life’ as she wishes him a happy birthday and congratulates him on the sales of INXS’ greatest hits album

She’s been married to INXS rocker Kirk Pengilly for more than a decade.

And Layne Beachley and her musician beau certainly have one of the strongest relationships in Australian showbiz.

This week, the 49-year-old surfer wished Kirk a happy birthday with a sweet post on Instagram.

‘Love of my life’: Layne Beachley wished husband Kirk Pengilly a happy birthday this week in a sweet post

‘Happy Birthday to my rock, my love of my life, my adorable loving husband,’ she wrote.

She then congratulated the 62-year-old on the sales of INXS’ greatest hits album, The Very Best.

‘And congratulations to @officialinxs for their Diamond Aria Award 500,000 copies of the Very Best Of INXS Album sold in Australia (6 weeks shy of being in the top 100 for 9 years!!!!).’

Surfing champ Layne and INXS rock star Kirk celebrated 10 years of marriage last October.

Standing strong: Surfing champ Layne and INXS rock star Kirk celebrated 10 years of marriage last October. (Pictured 2010)

Standing strong: Surfing champ Layne and INXS rock star Kirk celebrated 10 years of marriage last October. (Pictured 2010)

In an interview with Stellar magazine, they revealed how the lockdowns last year brought them closer.

‘When it was truly lockdown, we were sitting down and eating at home all the time… and we’ve become more social with each other,’ Kirk, 62, said.

While acknowledging how the pandemic has had a devastating impact on the lives of many, Layne did say that she’s been able to see the silver lining.

‘COVID has been a s**t time for a lot of people, but it’s been an absolute blessing for me – and allowed me to reset,’ the 48-year-old explained.

‘Before March we were all gung-ho and we never really considered stopping to reflect on the quality of our lives, the nature of our relationships, and the quality of our health and wellbeing.’

'We've become more social with each other': In an interview with Stellar magazine, they revealed how the lockdowns last year brought them closer

‘We’ve become more social with each other’: In an interview with Stellar magazine, they revealed how the lockdowns last year brought them closer

However, they previously revealed that it was not love at first sight, but rather, a very awkward first date when they first met. 

They met in Sydney’s Dee Why on the Northern Beaches after promising mutual friend Jon Stevens they would go on a date.

‘Jon made me promise that I would take Kirk on a date. And I had no interest in it whatsoever. And Kirk had no interest in me. And when I took him on a date I took him to Dee Why RSL ten pin bowling,’ Layne revealed on Seven’s The Daily Edition.

‘And then I took him to a restaurant at Dee Why beachfront, and we were literally yawning at each other’s faces. There was no chemistry, no connection – we really didn’t want to be there.’

After both contemplating a swift exit, things took a turn for the better, when the restaurant owner joined them at their table.

‘He had a fresh bottle of Limoncello that his grandmother made, and the rest is history… to the point where we actually toasted with Limoncello at our wedding 10 years later,’ Layne said.

Flashback: They met in Sydney's Dee Why on the Northern Beaches after promising mutual friend Jon Stevens they would go on a date. (Pictured 2006)

Flashback: They met in Sydney’s Dee Why on the Northern Beaches after promising mutual friend Jon Stevens they would go on a date. (Pictured 2006)

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