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Kate Walsh jets out of Sydney Airport with boyfriend Andrew Nixon as she returns home to the US

She spent 15 months living in Perth, Western Australia amid the Covid-19 pandemic. 

But Grey’s Anatomy star Kate Walsh, 53, finally said goodbye to the Land Down Under on Monday as she boarded a flight bound for the US.  

Joined by her new boyfriend, Australian farmer Andrew Nixon, the American star cut a low-key figure as she strolled through Sydney Airport’s departures terminal ahead of the long-haul flight.   

See you later, mate! Grey’s Anatomy star Kate Walsh, 53, (left) and her Australian boyfriend Andrew Nixon (right) said goodbye to the Land Down Under on Monday as they arrived at Sydney Airport ahead of flying to the US 

As is usual protocol for A-list travellers, the couple were spotted being chaperoned to the departures lounge by a female airport staffer.  

Kate dressed for comfort, sporting a grey tracksuit set, white lace-up sneakers matching crew socks. 

She carried her belongings in a Louis Vuitton duffle bag worth around $3,000 and covered her eyes with a pair of aviator-style spectacles. 

Finally coming to an end: Kate had spent the past 15 months living in Perth, Western Australia, amid the Covid-19 pandemic

Finally coming to an end: Kate had spent the past 15 months living in Perth, Western Australia, amid the Covid-19 pandemic 

Comfortable and stylish: Kate dressed for comfort, sporting a grey tracksuit set, white lace-up sneakers matching crew socks

Comfortable and stylish: Kate dressed for comfort, sporting a grey tracksuit set, white lace-up sneakers matching crew socks 

Andrew, who lived with Kate in Perth during her time in Australia, meanwhile toted a Louis Vuitton hat box worth approximately $8,000.

He dressed down in a blue tracksuit set and carried his belongings in a dark green backpack. 

The lovebirds both followed Covid safety measures by wearing surgical masks. 

A-list exit: Flanked by a airport chaperone, the couple cut a low-key figure as they toted their designer luggage to the departures lounge

A-list exit: Flanked by a airport chaperone, the couple cut a low-key figure as they toted their designer luggage to the departures lounge

Expensive taste: She carried her belongings in a Louis Vuitton duffle bag worth around $3,000 and covered her eyes with a pair of aviator-style spectacles

Expensive taste: She carried her belongings in a Louis Vuitton duffle bag worth around $3,000 and covered her eyes with a pair of aviator-style spectacles

The last time fans saw Kate was on Friday when she was walking her dog in Perth, indicating that she travelled to New South Wales over the weekend to catch her international flight at Sydney Airport. 

Kate announced she would be leaving Australia last Tuesday, telling Western Australia radio station The West Live: ‘I’m about to go home for a bit, literally in six days.’ 

However, she promised to return, adding: ‘I go back for work and [to] see my family. So I’ll be gone for a couple of months, but then I’ll be back!’ 

Andrew dressed down in a blue traksuit set and carried his belongings in a dark green backpack.

Low-key look: Andrew dressed down in a blue tracksuit set and carried his belongings in a dark green backpack

Stylish farmer alert! Andrew, who lived with Kate in Perth during her time in Australia, toted a Louis Vuitton hat box worth approximately $8,000.

Stylish farmer alert! Andrew, who lived with Kate in Perth during her time in Australia, toted a Louis Vuitton hat box worth approximately $8,000.

Kate even said she was leaving her pets behind with her assistance in the interim. 

And in between she’ll be going to Europe to shoot an undisclosed project. 

‘I can tell you this: I’ll be in Paris,’ added Walsh, cryptically when pressed for details. 

Masked: The lovebirds both followed Covid safety measures by wearing surgical masks

 Masked: The lovebirds both followed Covid safety measures by wearing surgical masks

Say cheese! At one stage, Kate posed for a selfie with an enthusiastic fan

Say cheese! At one stage, Kate posed for a selfie with an enthusiastic fan 

This seemed to provide a clue as to the project’s title, likely the second season of Netflix show Emily in Paris.

Walsh played Emily’s boss Madeline in the show’s first season.  

During her time in Western Australia, the Private Practice star put down roots in the beachside city of Perth on the country’s west coast.   

Boy voyage! Kate announced she would be leaving Australia last Tuesday, telling Western Australia radio station The West Live : 'I'm about to go home for a bit, literally in six days'

Boy voyage! Kate announced she would be leaving Australia last Tuesday, telling Western Australia radio station The West Live : ‘I’m about to go home for a bit, literally in six days’ 

The beloved star found herself ‘stuck’ in the Southern Hemisphere after pandemic lockdowns began to take hold while she was vacationing down under last March.

She quickly fell for the country.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph about her new love affair with Australia recently, the actress explained she didn’t want to go back to her New York home.

Hollywood star: During her time in Western Australia, the Private Practice star put down roots in the beachside city of Perth on the country's west coast

Hollywood star: During her time in Western Australia, the Private Practice star put down roots in the beachside city of Perth on the country’s west coast  

‘I didn’t really want to go back to New York in the middle of a pandemic when it was pretty gnarly to say the least,” she said.

‘I couldn’t go home initially, and now that I can, I don’t really fancy going back. When I have my own mother saying don’t come home, my 86-year-old mum… we are in a very challenging time!’ 

Claiming to have found a new ‘passion project’, Kate revealed recently her plans to help bolster Australia’s local film industry after it suffered enormously due to global pandemic.

The Grey’s Anatomy star recently told 2GB’s Jim Wilson she felt ‘very grateful’ to be in Australia during the COVID-19 crisis.

‘Honestly, I feel very lucky,’ she said. ‘It’s kind of a crazy situation: it’s like being in an alternate reality compared to the rest of the world.’

Pre-pandemic: The beloved star found herself 'stuck' in the Southern Hemisphere after pandemic lockdowns began to take hold while she was vacationing down under last March. Seen here in January 2020 in New York

Pre-pandemic: The beloved star found herself ‘stuck’ in the Southern Hemisphere after pandemic lockdowns began to take hold while she was vacationing down under last March. Seen here in January 2020 in New York


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