Samantha Armytage’s husband Richard Lavender has opened up about the moment he first laid eyes on the outgoing Sunrise co-host.
Thursday was Armytage’s last day at the Channel Seven breakfast show after she announced she was standing down on Monday.
In a touching moment, the TV presenter was surprised by her husband and beloved Labrador Banjo for a joint interview at Brekky Central.
In the interview, horse breeder Richard opened up about the moment he first laid eyes on his future wife.
“We met at a friend’s birthday party, right at the end,” he explained.
“I remember seeing her and I got this really nice sort of feeling and I thought, that’s my girl.”
“It sounds corny, but it was true.”
Richard added “one of her old school friends was staying with me and the next morning when I was cooking breakfast she came into the kitchen and said ‘can I give you a hand’.”
“And I said ‘yes you can, you can get me Sam Armytage’s phone number – and here we are!”
Richard described Sam as “wonderful,” and “a great family girl, which is also very important to me.”
Samantha said Richard is “the other half” that she’s been looking for most of her life.
“He loves all the things I love and now I have someone to do all those things with,” she explained.
“We are great mates, we have a great time. We have such a great friendship as well.”
Samantha revealed on Monday that she would be stepping down from her role co-hosting Sunrise.
During her final show on Thursday, she told viewers that she does not have much planned for the next little while.
“This is genuinely me taking a break for the first time in 22 years since I left uni,” she said.
“We’re doing a lot of gardening, it’s not very glamorous.”
Richard said the couple would be spending time with their respective families after being rocked by multiple tragedies in recent months.
Last year, Sam lost her mother Libby to an autoimmune disease and her father, Mac, suffered a stroke.
Richard revealed on Sunrise that his sister passed away “10 days ago from a brain tumour, so she was dying while all of this stuff was going on with Libby and Mac
“So, yes, we’re certainly looking forward to spending more time with our family,” he said.
He said the tragedies made the couple “reevaluate things” and “realise how important our families are.”