Mar­riedat FirstSight ex­pert’s se­cret ro­mance

TV’s re­la­tion­ship guru opens up about her mys­tery man!

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - News -

For four years, Dr Tr­isha Strat­ford has helped oth­ers find love as one of the re­la­tion­ship ex­perts on both the Kiwi and Aussie ver­sions of Mar­riedat FirstSight. But now she’s been struck by Cupid’s ar­row her­self!

The Welling­ton-born, Syd­ney-based neu­ropsy­chother­a­pist re­vealed to

Woman’sDay last year that she was dat­ing an Auck­land busi­ness­man named Roger and that she planned to move back to Aotearoa for him. And things are now so se­ri­ous, she’s in­tro­duced us to her new bloke.

Speak­ing of how they met, Tr­isha re­veals, “I got a call from a friend in New Zealand. She said, ‘I know some­one who’d be re­ally good for you!’ She’d been try­ing to set us up for two years.”

Then an­other mate heard Tr­isha in­ter­viewed on ra­dio. “He hap­pened to be hav­ing lunch with Roger the next day, and sug­gested he and I would get on well. So Roger picked up the phone and in­vited me out for cof­fee. He jumped on a

plane to Syd­ney, we had the cof­fee and the rest, as they say, is his­tory!”

There was an in­stant spark be­tween them on that first date in Fe­bru­ary 2018. Tr­isha re­calls, “When we met, it was so nat­u­ral, we had to give each other a hug – we had such en­ergy.”

They’ve been in­sep­a­ra­ble ever since, al­though Tr­isha adds that nav­i­gat­ing her new re­la­tion­ship while guid­ing cou­ples on MAFS is a “sur­real ex­pe­ri­ence”.

She says, “We’re clearly older, so we’re a lot more chill and re­laxed. We love go­ing to mu­se­ums, we both buy art and we’re ac­tive – we’re into cy­cling, we love walk­ing

and we go to the beach.”

Roger is equally be­sot­ted, gush­ing, “Tr­isha has to­tal open­ness. There are no blocks, which I’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced in a re­la­tion­ship be­fore.”

When it comes to their fam­i­lies, ev­ery­body is happy, tells Tr­isha. Roger’s three sons and Tr­isha’s daugh­ter are all fond of each other. In fact, they’re all head­ing to France in July for a hol­i­day. “We’re go­ing cy­cling for two weeks for an amaz­ing fam­ily hol­i­day,” the TV star tells.

The fu­ture looks bright for the loved-up pair, with Tr­isha ad­mit­ting, “There’s pas­sion, com­mit­ment and emo­tional in­ti­macy – three un­der­pin­nings for a good re­la­tion­ship.”

Tr­isha and Roger had an “in­stant con­nec­tion”.

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