Richard Wilkins, 69, forms fast bond with new makeup artist girlfriend Mia Hawkswell, 47, thanks to Sonia Kruger introductions

Richard Wilkins, 69, forms fast bond with new makeup artist girlfriend Mia Hawkswell, 47, thanks to Sonia Kruger introductions

Richard Wilkins and his new love Mia Hawkswell are already smitten despite their short courtship and 22 year age gap, according to a new report. 

Daily Mail Australia broke the news of the new romance on Friday after the Channel Nine star, 69, stepped out at a friend’s birthday party, where he was spotted holding hands with celebrity makeup artist Mia, 47.

The pair, who are believed to have been dating for around six weeks, met earlier this year after being introduced by mutual friend Sonia Kruger, the Herald Sun claimed on Saturday. 

‘It is new, but they are very compatible and have gotten very close quickly,’ a source told the publication.  

‘Mia has been a part of the entertainment industry for a very long time. She gets it and knows how it works.’ 

Richard Wilkins and his new love Mia Hawkswell are already smitten despite their short courtship and 22 year age gap, according to a new report. Pictured together this week

Richard Wilkins and his new love Mia Hawkswell are already smitten despite their short courtship and 22 year age gap, according to a new report. Pictured together this week 

The report goes on to claim Mia recently split with a long-term partner – which means she has a lot in common with Richard, who broke up with longtime girlfriend Nicola Dale in January. 

Television presenter Sonia is also one of Mia’s clients – the makeup artist styled her for the 2022 Logies, sharing several images to her Instagram of the finished look for the event.  

The romance was outed when, in a video shared to Instagram by Annika Martyn, Richard stepped off a boat had-in-hand with stunning Mia during a birthday party. 

The pair strolled along together looking happy and relaxed and wearing matching black ensembles. 

The pair, who are believed to have been dating for around six weeks, met earlier this year after being introduced by mutual friend Sonia Kruger (pictured)

The pair, who are believed to have been dating for around six weeks, met earlier this year after being introduced by mutual friend Sonia Kruger (pictured) 

Television presenter Sonia is also one of Mia's clients - the makeup artist styled her for the 2022 Logies (pictured)

Television presenter Sonia is also one of Mia’s clients – the makeup artist styled her for the 2022 Logies (pictured) 

A source tells Daily Mail Australia the pair have been dating for six weeks, and have so far kept the budding romance low key.

Mia additionally shared a cryptic post to her Instagram Stories on Friday, showing her clinking glasses with a man off camera, which she captioned: ‘All you need is love’. 

Daily Mail Australia reached out to Richard Wilkins and Mia Hawkswell for comment. 

The makeup artist describes herself as ’40-something’ on her website and is an in-demand hair and beauty stylist who has worked with A-listers around the world. 

She has been an in-demand star in the industry as a makeup artist for 18 years while doing hair for over 30 years. 

According to her website, Mia runs classes known as The Over 40s Club which offer makeup and beauty advice for older women. 

'It is new, but they are very compatible and have gotten very close quickly,' a source told the publication

‘It is new, but they are very compatible and have gotten very close quickly,’ a source told the publication

The romance was outed when, in a video shared to Instagram by Annika Martyn, Richard stepped off a boat had-in-hand with stunning Mia during a party

The romance was outed when, in a video shared to Instagram by Annika Martyn, Richard stepped off a boat had-in-hand with stunning Mia during a party 

Mia additionally shared a cryptic post to her Instagram Stories on Friday, showing her clinking glasses with a man off camera, which she captioned: 'All you need is love'

Mia additionally shared a cryptic post to her Instagram Stories on Friday, showing her clinking glasses with a man off camera, which she captioned: ‘All you need is love’

‘My career has taken me to the most beautiful locations globally from shooting fashion campaigns on Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway, Hawaii, Fiji, Brazil, Puerta Rico, LA, Joshua Tree, Portugal, South of France to shooting travel content around Canada, Samoa, Vegas, Dubai and London’ she writes. 

Mia said she is a ‘requested artist’ for TV hosts on internally recognised TV productions to editorials, brand collaborations and for recording artists on tour.

She has worked with Pamela Anderson,  Thirty Seconds to Mars, Florence Welch, Jimmy and Jane Barnes, Black Eyed Peas, Dean Lewis, Daniel MacPherson, Keith Urban, Silverchair, Rose Byrne, Delta Goodrem, Christine Centenera, Elle Ferguson, Sonia Kruger, Rachael Finch, Samantha Wills and many more. 

Her work has appeared in Vogue and Marie Claire, on Channel Nine, Channel Seven, Binge and Channel Ten, and for brands such as Speedo, Adidas and Rip Curl, while also working with makeup giants like Revlon and Sisley Paris. 

In a recent interview with Beauty Crew, Mia described her career highs. 

The makeup artist describes herself as '40-something' on her website and is an in-demand hair and beauty stylist who has worked with A-listers around the world

The makeup artist describes herself as ’40-something’ on her website and is an in-demand hair and beauty stylist who has worked with A-listers around the world

She has worked with Pamela Anderson, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Florence Welch, Black Eyed Peas, Daniel MacPherson, Keith Urban, Silverchair, Rose Byrne, Delta Goodrem and many more

She has worked with Pamela Anderson, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Florence Welch, Black Eyed Peas, Daniel MacPherson, Keith Urban, Silverchair, Rose Byrne, Delta Goodrem and many more

‘I’ve had so so many! Travelling the world for eight years working with incredibly talented creatives on campaigns ahead of their time, very early in my career – invaluable to this day’ Mia said. 

She also has a popular TikTok account where she offers makeup advice for mature skin. 

News of Richard’s split with his ex Nicola broke in January.

He was rumoured to be popping the question soon, but it appears those reports may have instead cooled the relationship.

Sources told The Daily Telegraph the couple split in November, not long after they were spotted together at Derby Day celebrations in Melbourne. 

'Mia has been a part of the entertainment industry for a very long time. She gets it and knows how it works' a source claims

‘Mia has been a part of the entertainment industry for a very long time. She gets it and knows how it works’ a source claims 

Mia reportedly recently split with a long-term partner - which means she has a lot in common with Richard, who broke up with longtime girlfriend Nicola Dale (right) in January

Mia reportedly recently split with a long-term partner – which means she has a lot in common with Richard, who broke up with longtime girlfriend Nicola Dale (right) in January 

The insider claimed their relationship got rocky in March after online media outlets speculated about their possible engagement. 

They said Richard was reluctant to marry a fourth time after giving away a small fortune to his last three wives during their respective divorces. 

However sources close to the television host said in March last year that he wanted to make a commitment to the former flight attendant, whom he has been dating since 2020.

‘Dickie may be 68, but he’s got a lot of life left in him. He’s now more than ready to finally settle down,’ they told New Idea at the time.

‘They just have this lovely ease about them. As a couple, they give each other space, but seem to really love being together. 

Sources told The Daily Telegraph the couple split in November, not long after they were spotted together at Derby Day celebrations in Melbourne

Sources told The Daily Telegraph the couple split in November, not long after they were spotted together at Derby Day celebrations in Melbourne 

‘He also sees his good mate Karl Stefanovic so happy and settled with Jasmine and his new family, and Dickie wants what Karl has.’

Richard has been married three times and has five children to four different mothers.

He first married at the age of 18 after his 16-year-old girlfriend Lynette fell pregnant. The teenage couple went on to have a son together, named Adam.

After moving to Australia to pursue his pop career, Richard married for a second time and had two more children, daughter Rebecca and son Nick.

When that marriage finished, Richard had a series of romances with high-profile women, including actress Rebecca Gibney in 1989.

Their relationship reportedly ended when Richard left the actress for his third wife Michelle Burke. Together the couple had a son, model and actor Christian.

After they split, Richard went on to have a fifth child with designer Collette Dinnigan. They broke up in 2004 when she was yet to give birth to their daughter Estella.

Back in 2017, Richard joked that after three divorces ‘marriage is not my specialty’. 

Daily Mail Australia reached out to Richard and Nicola at the time, but Richard declined to comment.

Mia has a popular TikTok account where she offers makeup advice for mature skin

Mia has a popular TikTok account where she offers makeup advice for mature skin

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