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He is one of the coun­try’s most el­i­gi­ble bach­e­lors, but un­til now long-term love has eluded the fa­mous vet. But it fi­nally seems Dr Chris Brown is ready to set­tle down with new girl­friend Liv Phy­land. A friend close to the cou­ple tells New Idea the TV star is re­port­edly ‘smit­ten’ with Liv, who presents The Loop on Chan­nel Ten.

“Chris and Liv have been friends for ages but un­til now they’ve never been sin­gle at the same time,” re­veals the in­sider. “Fi­nally, they’re both ready to give it a go and al­though they say they’re tak­ing things slowly, it’s ob­vi­ous to ev­ery­one that they’re per­fect for each other.”

Chris split from long-term girl­friend TV pro­ducer Ken­dall Bora in Septem­ber while Liv’s re­la­tion­ship with ac­tor Nick Slater ended ear­lier this year.

Last week, Chris and Liv – who live close to each other near Syd­ney’s east­ern sub­urbs beaches – were spot­ted to­gether on the NSW Cen­tral Coast.

An on­looker noted their car was packed with surf­ing gear and it “looked like they were headed off for a week­end away”.

“It was just the two of them, there were no TV crews … they weren’t work­ing, they were com­pletely ca­su­ally dressed. They or­dered some take­away food and he walked out first and she fol­lowed shortly af­ter,” the on­looker ex­plains to New Idea.

“They both looked so tired, pretty ex­hausted. They look like they had a big night but they just stopped in for a ‘roadie’.

“He just strolled out with his head down, strolling to the car and she caught up with him and joined him at the car, a white Range Rover, and jumped in. You could see their surf­boards packed in through the front win­dow and off they went. They were try­ing to keep things quiet, try­ing to get away from ev­ery­one and en­joy their week­end to­gether.”

Both tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ters are pas­sion­ate surfers with Liv, 28, fre­quently hit­ting the waves at Bondi near Chris’ for­mer home, be­fore he moved to his $5.8 mil­lion Clovelly man­sion three beaches away. And when Liv appeared on The Liv­ing Room in July and took part in a ter­ri­fy­ing un­der­wa­ter he­li­copter stunt, their chem­istry was ob­vi­ous to the pro­duc­tion team.

Chris, who is fa­mously tight-lipped about his pri­vate life, joked in Septem­ber about be­ing, “40, sin­gle [and] with no chil­dren”. In Oc­to­ber he at­tended Liv’s birth­day cel­e­bra­tions, and then the cou­ple were spot­ted look­ing cosy to­gether at a Net­work Ten event.

“Ev­ery­one at Ten has been won­der­ing for a while when and if Chris and Liv will get to­gether – they’ve got so much in com­mon and they re­ally click,” adds the source.

“They’re try­ing to keep their re­la­tion­ship un­der wraps for now, so a trip up the coast was a good ex­cuse to spend some qual­ity time to­gether away from the Bondi scene.”

En­joy­ing a ro­man­tic beach get­away, Dr Chris and Liv stopped for lunch.

Dr Chris and Liv split with their exes ear­lier this year.

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