Australia’s most followed footballer has made his new romance public with the first photos of his new girlfriend emerging.
Bulldogs star Bailey Smith is reportedly in a new relationship.
The popular social media phenomenon last month posted photos with his new girlfriend on Instagram for the first time when they attended the Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne’s Albert Park.
Smith also posted photos of his behind-the-scenes enjoyment of the Grand Prix, where he was also seen on the starting grid before the race alongside teammate Marcus Bontempelli.
The herald of the sun has now revealed that the woman seen alongside the 21-year-old is Gemma Dawkins, who completes one of the most genetically blessed couples in Australian sport.
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The couple have never publicly talked about their romance, but Smith earlier this month confirmed they are in a relationship.
The midfielder last year became the most marketable figure in Australian football when he became surpassed Dustin Martin and Lance Franklin as the most followed player on Instagram.
His 360,000 followers have catapulted him into a number of sponsorship deals, including Cotton On, Monster Energy, and Telstra.
It has also appeared on giant billboards in Melbourne.
“It’s funny. My girlfriend’s dad walks past us every day,” Smith said Sport Code last week.
“It’s hilarious… It’s interesting but I don’t pay much attention to it. I try not to. I just focus on my foot, because that’s what comes first, and all the other rewards with Cotton On and Monster come later.
“As long as I keep trying to perform and work hard during the week, all those other fruits and exciting things come along.”
Smith previously talked about his efforts to keep his private life private, despite his huge social media presence.
Last year revealed battles with mental health and some horrific aspects of being such a high-profile figure.
He was previously the victim of a fake nude photo viral scandal and revealed that he was repeatedly hit with requests for private messages, including a text message offering $ 50,000 to sleep with someone.
Smith announced in December that he was taking “Permanent leave” from football to address a family matter and personal matters.
The Bulldogs gave him extended leave over the summer to train away from teammates.
Smith was investigated by police in October for an alleged incident at a popular Gold Coast nightclub.
Originally published as AFL cult figure Bailey Smith’s new girlfriend has revealed