The truth about Shane and Angel’s iconic on-screen romance in Home and Away

Dieter Brummer captured hearts and imaginations with his on-screen romance with Melissa George, but it was a very different story off-camera.

After winning legions of fans playing Shane Parrish on Home and Away, Brummer made it no secret that he didn’t get along well with his opponent.

The former heartthrob, who was found dead on Saturday at the age of 45 in a house in Sydney’s Glenhaven, had spoken openly about their disdain for each other.

No Love Lost: Dieter Brummer captured hearts and imaginations with his on-screen romance with Melissa George, but it was a very different story off-camera

Speak with women’s Day magazine in November 2019, Brummer admitted that he never got along with 44-year-old George in real life.

“We may have been love interests on the show, but the chemistry was far from real!” he said at the time.

“Mel was very ambitious from the start. I think she wanted to be the next Kylie Minogue.

Heartthrob: After winning legions of fans playing Shane Parrish on Home and Away, Brummer made no secret of the fact that he didn't get along well with his opponent

Heartthrob: After winning legions of fans playing Shane Parrish on Home and Away, Brummer made no secret of the fact that he didn’t get along well with his opponent

“She was a big fan and she aspired to be a big star, just like Kylie. I don’t think she had much time for the Home and Away cast.’

Brummer said he hadn’t spoken to George since he left the soap, after begging the show’s producers to kill him.

He told news.com.au in July 2018 that his real-life relationship with George was not what fans envisioned.

Tension: Speaking to Woman's Day magazine in November 2019, Brummer admitted he never got along with 44-year-old George in real life

Tension: Speaking to Woman’s Day magazine in November 2019, Brummer admitted he never got along with 44-year-old George in real life

“There was a lot of pressure on us. We had to look like the perfect sweet couple in public,” he admitted.

He added: ‘It wasn’t like anything off screen. It was all on screen.’

Brummer played bad boy Shane, who eventually settled down after finding love with Angel, played by George.

Role of a lifetime: Brummer played bad boy Shane, who eventually settled down after finding love with Angel played by George

Role of a lifetime: Brummer played bad boy Shane, who eventually settled down after finding love with Angel played by George

He openly admitted that he was disappointed in his character’s development after having a romance with Angel.

“You don’t even talk to anyone else. There’s no interaction with other characters,” he’d said, adding that Shane had turned into a wimp.

After recovering from a motorcycle accident, Shane’s character died of sepsis after cutting himself by a wire.

“We may have been love interests on the show, but the chemistry was far from real!” he said about working with Melissa George

The former actor was found dead by police on Saturday afternoon. His death is not considered suspicious.

After the news of his death, Brummer’s family released a statement saying that their world “would never be the same again.”

“We lost our handsome, talented, funny, complicated and beloved Dieter on Saturday morning. He left a huge hole in our lives,” they said.

If you or someone you know is having a hard time, get in touch lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue at 1300 22 4636.

“We lost our handsome, talented, funny, complicated and beloved Dieter on Saturday morning.  He left a huge hole in our lives,

“We lost our handsome, talented, funny, complicated and beloved Dieter on Saturday morning. He left a huge hole in our lives,” his family said in a statement. Pictured at the June 2005 Sydney premiere of Batman Begins

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