A body language analyst says the behavior of Anthony Albanese and his partner Jodie Haydon in their engagement photo shows they are very much in love – but he also noticed a subtle detail that suggests the Prime Minister’s new fiancée was nervous.
Dr. Luisa Mahlerone of the world’s leading experts on body language and communication, analyzed the couple’s engagement photo after Albanese popped the question Wednesday night.
“I have never seen Mr Albanese so happy. His face is literally scrunched up with joy to show that he is simply ecstatic,” she told Daily Mail Australia.
However, Dr. Mahler discovered that Jodie’s face showed her nervousness.
“Jodie has her hand lovingly placed on his chest and she’s definitely happy, but I also see a smile that’s not in her eyes as much,” he said.
‘You may be thinking, “What have I gotten myself into?” I mean, it’s a big step for anyone.”
In their engagement photo (pictured), Mr Albanese looked “very happy” as Jodie placed a “loving” hand on his chest; However, Jodie’s smile “wasn’t reflected in her eyes as much.”
Albanese on Wednesday became the first engaged prime minister while in office, after proposing after a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.
Albanese shared the news of their engagement on Thursday morning.
“She said yes ❤️,” he captioned a photo of the couple.
The 60-year-old leader took Jodie, 45, to Italian and Sons in Canberra on Wednesday night to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Later that night, after returning to the Lodge, the Prime Minister popped the question.
Daily Mail Australia understands the Prime Minister had the ring designed specifically for Ms Haydon.
In a joint statement, the couple said: “We are thrilled and excited to share this news and look forward to spending the rest of our lives together.”
“We are very lucky to have found each other.”
The prime minister met Haydon in early 2020 at a conference in Melbourne where the then opposition leader was speaking, following their divorce in 2019.
Albanese asked the crowd if there were any other South Sydney fans present and financial worker Ms Haydon, who lives in her electorate of Grayndler, shouted: “Up with the Rabbitohs.”
He later introduced himself and they decided to go for a drink when they got back to Sydney.
He courted his new girlfriend with a Night out at Young Henrys Brewery in Newtown.
‘We had what I thought would just be a drink at Young Henry’s in Newtown, and we got on really well. That’s how it started,” she told Women’s Weekly.
Albanese, a father of one, had recently divorced his ex-wife Carmel Tebbutt after 19 years of marriage and 30 years together.
He said he was still “emotionally hurt” by the sudden breakup, which came as a shock.
Albanese and Jodie (above) shared the news of their Valentine’s Day engagement on Thursday morning.
The couple (pictured) met in early 2020 at a conference in Melbourne where the then opposition leader was speaking.
Haydon, who has never been married or had children, said she was not looking for a relationship, but realized she had fallen in love with Albanese when he was in a car accident in January 2021.
His Toyota was hit by a Range Rover and he was rushed to hospital for x-rays, but he was not seriously injured.
Haydon recalled arriving at the crash scene in Marrickville after a phone call and seeing her boyfriend’s wrecked car.
“I saw the car wreck before I saw him and I thought, ‘I couldn’t survive this.’ It was very scary and in that moment you realize how much you love this person – the fear of losing them,” she said.
“When I jumped into the ambulance and saw Anthony, I knew the depth of my feelings for him.”
Jodie earned the nickname “Australia’s First Lady” after accompanying Mr Albanese to international events during his tenure.