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Osher Günsberg’s fairytale love story with Audrey Griffen

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As the host of Australia’s most popular reality dating show, Osher Günsberg knows a thing or two about finding love. 

In fact, it was on the set of said dating show (The Bachelor Australia to be exact) that the 49-year-old first locked eyes with his future wife Audrey Griffen. 

It was season two of the show in 2014, and Audrey had been hired to work as a makeup artist, specifically Osher’s makeup artist, with sparks fast flying between the pair. 

“I had been chatting to a makeup artist I’d worked with for years about my love life, and I was complaining about how hard it was to meet someone,” he revealed to The Sydney Morning Herald in 2018. 

“I remember saying that I can’t go to bars because I don’t drink, and the last time I was single there were Nokia phones, and what is this Tinder thing?” he then joked. 

“She told me she was going off to another job, but had a replacement to do my make-up, and said, ‘She is lovely, she has a kid, and you’re welcome.'”

osher and audrey on their wedding day
A match made in heaven. (Credit: Instagram)

Fast forward to Audrey starting on the set of The Bachelor, Osher admitted it was love at first sight, describing seeing her for the first time as a “beautiful vision of light.”

Despite the seasoned television veteran being enamoured by her, Audrey was initially none the wiser. 

“When I first met him at work he seemed rather aloof. But then we started chatting and we had these amazing conversations,” she said in the same 2018 interview. 

“There’s a lot of bravado that’s required in front of the camera, but he was quite shy and timid – a very self-deprecating and endearing side.”

Osher and Audrey then had their first date on June 21, 2014, at a comedy store in Sydney to watch Luke Heggie’s set.

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Osher shared a sweet photo of Audrey to mark 10 years since they first met. (Credit: Instagram)

In June 2024, Osher took to Instagram to mark 10 years since he first met Audrey, and gave more insight on their first date.

“Ten years today I met @audreygriffen outside the comedy store in Sydney so we could watch @heggieluke’s set,” he wrote.

“Only then did she realise that it was a date. She had no idea that we would fall in love, she would save my life and we would have the most wonderful family together.

“You’re a stone cold stunner honey, with a kind heart that’s a beacon seen from space. Happy anniversary my love.”

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Osher Günsberg married his wife Audrey Griffen in regional NSW. (Credit: New Idea)

Two years on from their first date, Audrey and Osher became Mr and Mrs, tying the knot in an intimate country ceremony in December 2016. 

And in an especially heartfelt moment from the ceremony, Osher included Audrey’s then 12-year-old daughter Georgia (from a previous relationship) in the vows. 

“I wrote some vows to Georgia as well as Audrey because that’s the deal,” he said at the time. 

“I’m not entering into a relationship with one person, I’m entering into a relationship with two!”

Georgia, Osher and Audrey at the premiere of Mamma Mia the musical
Georgia, Osher and Audrey at the premiere of Mamma Mia! The Musical at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre in 2018. (Credit: Getty)

Speaking with our sister publication TV Week in July 2023, the mental health advocate reflected upon how his wife and stepdaughter had “saved [his] life.” 

“I was considering, 10, 20 times a day, not being here anymore,” he said. 

“I was dealing with these horrible thoughts. It’s so traumatic and distressing and awful. Eventually, you just get tired of fighting it.”

But things quickly took a turn for the better when Audrey and Georgia made themselves a home in his heart. 

“I started having the most wonderful time with these two people and thought, ‘These two are worth sticking around for; these two are worth getting better for.’ From that point, I worked so hard, and I still work hard every single day, to try to get better.”

“So yeah, Audrey saved my life.”

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Meet baby Wolfie. (Credit: Instagram)

In early 2019, just over two years after they wed, the lovebirds announced their family of three would be expanding to a family of four. 

“We are very happy to introduce to you the newest member of our family, joining us in late August 2019,” Osher captioned his announcement post, sharing a sonogram of his fast-growing bub. 

“Please meet ‘Chickpea’, the person behind the last three months of @audreygriffen’s surprise day-naps and a mysterious aversion to her favourite Ramen restaurant,” he then joked. 

“All four of us are over the moon and looking forward to meeting this wonderful young human.”

osher Günsberg and wife audrey pose with their child
All smiles for the camera. (Credit: Instagram)

On August 23rd, 2019, Wolfgang (Wolfie for short) was welcomed into the word and their family was complete. 

“We are in love and drowning in gratitude, oxytocin, and new baby smell,” The Bachelor host captioned his announced post, revealing how in “awe” of his makeup artist wife he was. 

“What I witnessed her do, the power I saw her summon from within her to bring this boy into the world was utterly astonishing. I can’t think of any single thing a man does in his life that physically equates to what I saw Audrey do.”

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The lovebirds at the 2023 TV Week Logie Awards. (Credit: Getty)

So how does Osher balance family life with his multitude of work commitments? 

It’s easy – his wife Audrey, whom he describes as a “saint.”

“While my work sometimes shrinks by hours or expands by days – all at a moment’s notice – Audrey is able to adapt and just get on top of whatever needs to be done to keep everything going at home. When I’m home, I try to be as engaged as I can,” he told our sister publication WHO.

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