Celebrity news The morn­ing TV pre­sen­ter has kept her new love un­der wraps – un­til now!

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Tongues were wag­ging when a smil­ing Sam Army­tage was spot­ted en­joy­ing an in­ti­mate break­fast with a stocky mys­tery man in the ex­clu­sive Crys­tal Club at Crown Tow­ers in Mel­bourne on the AFL grand fi­nal weekend.

Was this the man the pop­u­lar 42-year-old Sun­rise star has hinted for months that she’s been se­cretly dat­ing?

The man she was seen eat­ing with can now be re­vealed as mil­lion­aire Paul O’brien, a Bris­bane-based pri­vate jet ty­coon who sep­a­rated from his wife, Ten’s Bris­bane news­reader Ge­orgina Lewis, ear­lier this year.

“They looked very happy to­gether at Crown,” re­ports our source, who says on­look­ers were fas­ci­nated by the cou­ple and spec­u­lat­ing if Sam’s break­fast com­pan­ion was in­deed the new “mys­tery” man she’s been qui­etly dat­ing.

Wo­man’s Day can re­veal that Sam was first seen with Paul ear­lier this year, when they were pho­tographed to­gether shar­ing a laugh as they took the TV star’s pet labrador Banjo for a stroll in Syd­ney’s Bondi Beach, where Sam lives.

“The cou­ple were seen walk­ing to a lo­cal bot­tle shop be­fore spot­ting pho­tog­ra­phers and run­ning away in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions,” claimed one of the pho­tog­ra­phers.

In June, Sam – who’s been ro­man­ti­cally linked to Seven news­reader Michael Usher and Mod­ern Fam­ily star Eric Ston­estreet in the past – ad­mit­ted that she’d met some­one special.

“There are good things hap­pen­ing… I don’t talk about any­one be­fore I’m 100 per cent sure, be­cause you have to keep some things pri­vate,” Sam told Who mag­a­zine, re­fus­ing to iden­tify her new boyfriend.

But her clos­est col­leagues at Seven have known about her bud­ding ro­mance for months, even if Sam has gone to some lengths to keep his iden­tity a se­cret and avoid be­ing pho­tographed with him.

“She’s been say­ing for months now that she has a new man,” shares one Seven staffer.

“She’s been tight-lipped about the de­tails, but she’s told some of the girls that she’s met a bloke who lit­er­ally swept her off her feet.”

Sam met Paul through her Sun­rise co-star and sports pre­sen­ter Mark Beretta, who has been mates with the avi­a­tion ty­coon for years. Mark re­cently boasted about hitch­ing a ride on one of his pri­vate jets from Mel­bourne to Syd­ney.

Last week, Paul’s es­tranged wife Ge­orgina was seen with­out her wed­ding ring on while read­ing Ten’s Eye­wit­ness News First At Five, and a net­work spokes­woman con­firmed she had sep­a­rated from her hus­band of nine years.

Multi-mil­lion­aire Paul started his avi­a­tion com­pany AVMIN to cap­i­talise on the min­ing boom and started fly­ing min­ers around Aus­tralia, but has also flown big stars like the band Cold­play around the world in his fleet of pri­vate jets.

The “out­go­ing and gre­gar­i­ous” busi­ness­man, who re­put­edly loves a party and mix­ing with celebri­ties, sold a ma­jor­ity stake in his com­pany to Flight Cen­tre but stayed on as manag­ing di­rec­tor. He is of­ten seen at big-ticket events.

“Paul’s very am­bi­tious and charis­matic on top of be­ing in­cred­i­bly suc­cess­ful and driven,” says a for­mer col­league.

“He has a re­ally wide cir­cle of friends and lives life to the full. And hav­ing a pri­vate jet at his dis­posal makes him a pretty ex­cit­ing per­son to hang around with.”

‘She’s been say­ing for months now she has a new man’

Ge­orgina and Paul were mar­ried for nine years. The news­read­erder is no longer wear­ing her wed­ding ring and a Ten spokes­woman has con­firmed the sep­a­ra­tion.

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