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AFL legend Dani Laidley cuddles up to childhood sweetheart during Pride Day

Dani Laidley hinted she may be engaged after showing off a giant diamond ring on social media over the weekend. 

And on Monday, the AFL legend, 54, appeared more loved-up than ever as she cuddled up with her childhood sweetheart Donna Leckie in Melbourne

The pair attended Pride Day during the Australian Open at Melbourne Park where they watched Stefanos Tsitsipas play a match. 

Happy days: On Monday, Dani Laidley (left) appeared more loved-up than ever as she cuddled up with her childhood sweetheart Donna Leckie (right) in Melbourne

The women held hands and cuddled in close, waving a fan decorated in pride themed rainbow colours. 

Dani looked glamorous in an oversized white blouse with puffed sleeves, paired with dark short-shorts with edgy black garter detailing across her thigh. 

She paired the shirt dress with white and gold sneakers, and had on a number of accessories, including a rose gold watch and drop earrings. 

Fun-day: The pair attended Pride Day during the Australian Open at Melbourne Park where they watched Stefanos Tsitsipas play a match

Fun-day: The pair attended Pride Day during the Australian Open at Melbourne Park where they watched Stefanos Tsitsipas play a match

Sweet: The women cuddled in close, whispering to one another through the game

Sweet: The women cuddled in close, whispering to one another through the game

Feeling proud: They were waving a fan decorated in pride themed rainbow colours

Feeling proud: They were waving a fan decorated in pride themed rainbow colours

Dani again flashed the giant diamond ring that sparked engagement rumours on Saturday. 

The former athlete had her blonde hair pulled off her face but for a few floating tendrils and opted for a glamorous makeup look. 

Donna looked equally stunning in a black dress with thick straps, worn with nude heels.  

Wow! Dani looked glamorous in an oversized white blouse with puffed sleeves, paired with dark short-shorts with edgy black garter detailing across her thigh

Wow! Dani looked glamorous in an oversized white blouse with puffed sleeves, paired with dark short-shorts with edgy black garter detailing across her thigh

A look: She had on a number of accessories, including a rose gold watch and drop earrings

A look: She had on a number of accessories, including a rose gold watch and drop earrings

She donned a classy up do, as well as flawless makeup, while attaching a pride themed temporary tattoo to her arm, as well as a rainbow badge. 

Fans have speculated the pair are engaged after Dani flaunted the sparkler in a video shared to Instagram on Saturday. 

The clip, shot in Moonee Ponds, Victoria, showed the glamorous former athlete holding her hand to her face in shock as the ring caught the light. 

Wowing them: The former athlete had her blonde hair pulled off her face but for a few floating tendrils and opted for a glamorous makeup look

Wowing them: The former athlete had her blonde hair pulled off her face but for a few floating tendrils and opted for a glamorous makeup look

Stunner: Donna looked equally stunning in a black dress with thick straps

Stunner: Donna looked equally stunning in a black dress with thick straps

Ring ring: Dani again flashed the giant diamond ring that sparked engagement rumours on Saturday

Ring ring: Dani again flashed the giant diamond ring that sparked engagement rumours on Saturday

She appeared to be out at a restaurant, and glanced at the ring in shock multiple times in the clip. 

Adding to the mystery, the video was captioned: ‘What has just happened? Oh my god.’  

However, she also appeared to be wearing the same ring in a social media post made several weeks prior.  

Engaged? Fans have speculated the pair are engaged after Dani flaunted the sparkler in a video shared to Instagram on Saturday

Engaged? Fans have speculated the pair are engaged after Dani flaunted the sparkler in a video shared to Instagram on Saturday

Laidley and her childhood sweetheart first stepped out together in Melbourne in December last year. 

Ms Leckie’s appearance on the arm of Laidley set tongues wagging, with news outlets only referring to her by her first name.

She had paid tribute to her new partner by sporting earrings of the letter ‘D’ in her honour during the visit.

Romance: Laidley and her childhood sweetheart, who she sat next to in Grade 1, first stepped out together in Melbourne in December last year (pictured)

 Romance: Laidley and her childhood sweetheart, who she sat next to in Grade 1, first stepped out together in Melbourne in December last year (pictured) 

Ms Leckie meanwhile is a highly regarded aged care specialist, with more than two decades of experience.  She had first met Laidley in Grade 1 in Western Australia.

Both had grown up in the working class town of Balga – 13 kilometres north of Perth city’s central business district.   

Ms Leckie – who was simply referred to as Donna during a recent interview with Melbourne’s Herald Sun – said she still remembered Laidley’s long blonde hair.

Career: Leckie is a highly regarded aged care specialist, with more than two decades of experience. She had first met Laidley in Grade 1 in Western Australia

 Career: Leckie is a highly regarded aged care specialist, with more than two decades of experience. She had first met Laidley in Grade 1 in Western Australia

They had been childhood partners both at primary and high school. 

The pair reconnected in 2017, with Ms Leckie rekindling her romance with the troubled ex-footballer about six months ago.

Laidley was a 1996 premiership player for the Kangaroos when she was known as Dean Laidley and then coached the AFL club between 2003 and 2009. 

Career: Laidley was a 1996 premiership player for the Kangaroos when she was known as Dean Laidley and then coached the AFL club between 2003 and 2009

Career: Laidley was a 1996 premiership player for the Kangaroos when she was known as Dean Laidley and then coached the AFL club between 2003 and 2009 

 


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