Nathan Buckley and Alex Pike look loved up as they step out in Melbourne


They faced scrutiny after sharing several eye-raising social media posts about Covid-19 lockdowns last month.

But former Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley, 49, and his cosmetic nurse girlfriend Alex Pike, 44, clearly haven’t let the controversy put a dampener on their romance.

The high-profile couple looked as loved up as ever on Monday as they stepped out in Melbourne for coffee and a stroll through the park.

The look of love! Nathan Buckley (left) and Alex Pike (right) were all smiles as they stepped out to grab coffee in Melbourne on Monday 

Grinning like giddy teenagers, the new lovers chatted animatedly as they made their way down the leafy streets in form-fitting activewear. 

Botox-loving Alex, who often espouses the importance of ‘ageing positively’ on social media, showcased her youthful looks in a pale purple crop top and matching leggings.

Revealing a generous glimpse of toned tummy and cleavage, the brunette completed her look with a black zip-up jacket worn open, and a pair of white sneakers.  

Lover's lane! Grinning like giddy teenagers, the new lovers chatted animatedly as they made their way down the leafy streets in form-fitting activewear

Lover’s lane! Grinning like giddy teenagers, the new lovers chatted animatedly as they made their way down the leafy streets in form-fitting activewear 

Glamazon: Botox-loving Alex, who often espouses the importance of 'ageing positively' on social media, showcased her youthful looks in a pale purple crop top and matching leggings

Glamazon: Botox-loving Alex, who often espouses the importance of ‘ageing positively’ on social media, showcased her youthful looks in a pale purple crop top and matching leggings 

Va va voom! Revealing a generous glimpse of toned tummy and cleavage, the brunette completed her look with a black zip-up jacket worn open, and a pair of white sneakers

Va va voom! Revealing a generous glimpse of toned tummy and cleavage, the brunette completed her look with a black zip-up jacket worn open, and a pair of white sneakers 

Her chocolate-hued tresses fell in perfectly-sculpted waves, while her long nails were painted with a fresh coating of white lacquer. 

The mother-of-three packed lightly for the brisk walk, choosing only to carry a mobile phone in one hand and her take-away coffee in the other. 

Meanwhile, Nathan looked trendy in an all-blue activewear ensemble, consisting of shorts, a zip-up hoodie and a New York Yankees cap.  

Primped: Her chocolate-hued tresses fell in perfectly-sculpted waves, while her long nails were painted with a fresh coating of white lacquer

Primped: Her chocolate-hued tresses fell in perfectly-sculpted waves, while her long nails were painted with a fresh coating of white lacquer

What's so funny? At one stage, the pair were seen breaking into laughter as they continued pounding the pavement

What’s so funny? At one stage, the pair were seen breaking into laughter as they continued pounding the pavement 

Sporty: Meanwhile, Nathan looked trendy in an all-blue activewear ensemble, consisting of shorts, a zip-up hoodie and a New York Yankees cap

Sporty: Meanwhile, Nathan looked trendy in an all-blue activewear ensemble, consisting of shorts, a zip-up hoodie and a New York Yankees cap 

Unlike his ladylove, Nathan chose to cover his mouth with a black face mask. 

Upon arriving at the cafe, the couple were spotted joking and laughing together before ordering matching take-away beverages. 

At one stage, the pair appeared to share a joke with a waiter who perhaps recognised their faces from the tabloids.  

Carefree: Upon arriving at the cafe, the couple were spotted joking and laughing together before ordering matching take-away beverages.

Carefree: Upon arriving at the cafe, the couple were spotted joking and laughing together before ordering matching take-away beverages.

Is that you? At one stage, the pair appeared to share a joke with a waiter who perhaps recognised their faces from the tabloids

Is that you? At one stage, the pair appeared to share a joke with a waiter who perhaps recognised their faces from the tabloids

The sighting comes weeks after Nathan faced backlash for questioning the contagiousness of the Delta strain of Covid on Twitter. 

At the time, Victoria had just been plunged into its fifth lockdown in 16 months after the latest outbreak in New South Wales crossed the border.

Nathan- who recently stepped down as Magpies coach – Tweeted: ‘53,283 tests yesterday in Victoria, presumably most of those from people exposed to people and places with confirmed positives… 16 new positives.

Ageing backwards! Alex wore minimal makeup for the outing, opting to show off her line-free complexion in all its glory

Ageing backwards! Alex wore minimal makeup for the outing, opting to show off her line-free complexion in all its glory 

Masked: Unlike his ladylove, Nathan chose to cover his mouth with a black face mask

Masked: Unlike his ladylove, Nathan chose to cover his mouth with a black face mask

‘So, exactly how contagious is this thing again? My logical brain is failing to comprehend.’

Alex reposted her boyfriend’s Tweet to her Instagram Stories, adding the comment ‘end lockdown’ underneath.

Nathan was soon hit with backlash from angry Twitter users and health experts.

Resisting temptation! Alex, who follows a strict workout and exercise regimen, chose not to indulge in the baked goods on display at the cafe

Resisting temptation! Alex, who follows a strict workout and exercise regimen, chose not to indulge in the baked goods on display at the cafe 

The champion midfielder took the outrage on notice and backtracked on his comments, admitting he supported the lockdown. 

‘Totally agree on these short, sharp, hard lockdowns,’ he wrote.’They seem to be quite effective. I wonder what the long-term solution is though.’

He also had a parting message to his critics. 

Backlash: The sighting comes weeks after Nathan faced backlash for questioning the contagiousness of the Delta strain of Covid on Twitter

Backlash: The sighting comes weeks after Nathan faced backlash for questioning the contagiousness of the Delta strain of Covid on Twitter

Tweet: Nathan- who recently stepped down as Magpies coach - Tweeted: '53,283 tests yesterday in Victoria, presumably most of those from people exposed to people and places with confirmed positives... 16 new positives. 'So, exactly how contagious is this thing again? My logical brain is failing to comprehend.'

Tweet: Nathan- who recently stepped down as Magpies coach – Tweeted: ‘53,283 tests yesterday in Victoria, presumably most of those from people exposed to people and places with confirmed positives… 16 new positives. ‘So, exactly how contagious is this thing again? My logical brain is failing to comprehend.’

Weighing in: Alex reposted her boyfriend's Tweet to her Instagram Stories, adding the comment 'end lockdown' underneath

Weighing in: Alex reposted her boyfriend’s Tweet to her Instagram Stories, adding the comment ‘end lockdown’ underneath

‘A raft of assumptions and inferences being returned from one observation… that is your prerogative,’ Nathan later Tweeted. 

‘With some great, informed, logical perspectives in there as well. Clearly a highly discussed topic with lots of associated emotional triggering. Be kind to each other.’  

Alex and Nathan’s relationship emerged just weeks after the champion midfielder announced his split from his wife of 18 years, Tania Minnici, last December.

'Totally agree on these short, sharp, hard lockdowns': The champion midfielder took the outrage on notice and backtracked on his comments, admitting he supported the lockdown

‘Totally agree on these short, sharp, hard lockdowns’: The champion midfielder took the outrage on notice and backtracked on his comments, admitting he supported the lockdown

Lovebirds: Alex and Nathan's relationship emerged just weeks after the champion midfielder announced his split from his wife of 18 years, Tania Minnici, last December

Lovebirds: Alex and Nathan’s relationship emerged just weeks after the champion midfielder announced his split from his wife of 18 years, Tania Minnici, last December



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