After keeping mum on her love life for the longest time, Schapelle Corby has finally spoken out about her love for her Indonesian other half, Ben Panangian.
Posting an image of him on Instagram, she wrote: 'To the Jonathan Livingston Seagull who lives within us all 💙
'Introducing Ben @priority_suprentalbali
Referring to him as 'my man' the duo have been through thick and thin, with 11 years of heartache, strife and frequent separation.
He recently told New Idea that since his partner was deported to Australia on May 27, he has no idea when – if ever – he will see her again.
‘It is lonely with her not here,’ softly-spoken Ben, 36, exclusively tells New Idea. ‘I really hope we can see each other again in the future, but we don’t know. It’s all uncertain and so it’s difficult to make any plans.’
As a convicted drug smuggler, Schapelle is unlikely to be allowed to return to Indonesia. And Ben, who has two convictions for marijuana possession, probably would not be welcome in Australia.
‘We dream of getting back together,’ says the Javanese-born university graduate, who now runs his own stand-up paddle board business. ‘But we don’t speak of marriage or children. Once we know if we can see each other again, we can talk about it.’