Keli & Pa­trick’s bizarre love af­fair

Pa­trick is Keli’s big­gest sup­porter, and she insists noth­ing – in­clud­ing jail or other part­ners – can come be­tween them

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Real Life -

Even on the eve of be­ing jailed for 18 years for mur­der­ing her new­born baby, Keli Lane’s boyfriend Pa­trick Co­gan de­clared his en­dur­ing love for the for­mer wa­ter polo cham­pion – and he’s never stopped lov­ing her.

“We love each other very much,” he told Woman’s Day af­ter her fi­nal ap­peal was rejected in 2014. “Ours has been a re­la­tion­ship borne of dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances and chal­lenges, and these have strength­ened our bond.”

Pa­trick dated Lane when they were teenagers and re­con­nected with her just be­fore she was ar­rested in 2009 for killing her new­born daugh­ter Te­gan, who went miss­ing af­ter Lane left with her from a Syd­ney hos­pi­tal and has never been found.

But it was her bizarre his­tory of hid­ing preg­nan­cies – she had five preg­nan­cies be­tween 1992 and 1999 that she man­aged to keep se­cret from her fam­ily, friends, wa­ter polo team­mates and boyfriends – that fas­ci­nated and re­pelled Aus­tralia.

How­ever, it didn’t de­ter Pa­trick from lov­ing Lane, with the fa­ther-of-two reg­u­larly vis­it­ing her in Sil­ver­wa­ter Women’s Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre, and seem­ingly main­tain­ing an on-again, off-again love af­fair with her from the out­side.

Even her les­bian re­la­tion­ships in jail haven’t af­fected his com­mit­ment to Lane, with Pa­trick telling The Daily Tele­graph she had cho­sen to turn “gay for the stay”.

“She has got close to other women, she needs to sur­vive,” he said in a re­cent in­ter­view.

“The truth is weirder than a lie, but I be­lieve her and love her. I’m wait­ing for the day she comes out and we can be a fam­ily.”

Lane re­put­edly has now earned the nick­name of “Queen Bea” – af­ter the tough char­ac­ter on Wentworth and Pris­oner – be­cause she sells soaps, de­odor­ants, lol­lies, drinks, chips and bags of rice to other in­mates in the jail.

The cou­ple dated when they were teens and re­united be­fore she went to jail.

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