Former New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has finally married her partner, Clarke Gayford, after she canceled their wedding in 2022 to contain a COVID-19 outbreak.
The couple tied the knot in a private ceremony on Saturday Jan. 13 at a winery venue in Hawke’s Bay on the coast of New Zealand’s North Island.
“13.01.24 ❤️ Worth the wait,” Ardern wrote on social media, sharing a photo of her embracing her husband and wearing a silk-like halter neck wedding dress by New Zealand fashion designer Juliette Hogan.
The couple began dating in 2014 after Gayford, a TV presenter, reportedly reached out to Jacinda discuss legislation.
The couple began dating in 2014 after Gayford, a TV presenter, reached out to discuss legislation.
In 2017, Ardern became the youngest world leader at age 37, leading New Zealand through a terrorist attack, a major volcano eruption and the COVID-19 pandemic, becoming something of an international icon.
Gayford proposed in 2019, and the couple have a five-year-old daughter, Neve.
Ardern resigned as prime minister in January 2023 after five-and-a-half years in the role.
“I know what this job takes, and I know that I no longer have enough in the tank to do it justice. It is that simple,” she said in a tearful speech.
In the speech, she told Neve she was looking forward to being there when she starts school.
“And to Clarke, let’s finally get married,” she said.