Unlikely romance: James Packer and Miranda Kerr.

Unlikely romance: James Packer and Miranda Kerr.

For the past week, one question has hounded me from the minute my story about James Packer embarking on a romance with Miranda Kerr went live online last Sunday: ‘‘Is it true?’’

No matter how many times I assured people we had the story independently verified beyond the pages of Woman’s Day, which had been pursuing a tip for more than a week and eventually rattled enough cages for me to hear about it, people simply refused to believe it could be true.

Not even a lack of denial from either party involved, despite them having the opportunity to do so, was enough to silence the cynics who were desperate to voice their opinions.


Match point: John Symond and Amber Keating. Photo: Belinda Rolland

‘‘He’s punching well above his weight,’’ was the reaction from more than one chap, while several women chimed in:  ‘‘Why is she going after him instead of Orlando?’’

Sure, next to  Kerr,  Packer – 16 years her senior and about six times her size even with the lap-band – is probably no oil painting in many people’s eyes but he is clearly still considered something of a catch among some women.

But this is not the first coupling of what so many people evidently see as a pair of mis-matched love birds.


Married for nine years before divorcing in November: Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher. Photo: Reuters

I admit I’m still coming to terms with Shane Warne managing to embark on a relationship with Liz Hurley, played out in 140 characters or less in Tweet after vomit-inducing Tweet.

It also took me some time to accept that former model Kristy Hinze had shacked up with a bloke who was four decades her senior, billionaire Jim Clark. They married,  welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world and remain together all these years later.

And what about Mary-Kate Olsen, one half of the celebrity sisters known as the Olsen Twins?  At 26 she wound up in a relationship with Frenchman Olivier Sarkozy, the 43-year-old half-brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy. True story.


Woody Allen and wife Soon-Yi Previn. Photo: AP

Closer to home, when John ‘‘Aussie’’ Symond started dating Patrick Keating’s glamorous ex-wife Amber, it was the talk of dinner parties across Sydney; a year later she has moved with her kids to his $60 million harbourside mansion.

And really, what more is there to say about Demi Moore marrying Ashton Kutcher? Far be it from me to suggest to either party ‘‘we could have told you so!’’

Not so for Woody Allen, who has managed to remain married to his former step-daughter Soon-Yi  after their affair brought an end to his 12-year relationship with her adopted mother, Mia Farrow,

 in 1992.

Allen has maintained he has no idea why the relationship has caused so much controversy. Despite their 35-year age difference, the couple are still together after marrying in 1997, with two adopted daughters of their own.

But back to James and Miranda, a union dubbed MiraCker this week, along with PacKerr .

In the three months since his second marriage to Erica Packer came to an end  in a flurry of headlines, Packer has been quietly linked to a string of beauties around the world, several of whom vehemently denied having relationships with him when PS started following the trail.

One well-known Australian media identity now working overseas laughed off the suggestion she had been seeing Packer when PS called recently.

Without any smoking gun to suggest she was not telling me the truth, she will remain nameless ... for now.

They say love is blind, but sources who PS spoke with this week say it is way too early to start dropping the ‘‘L word’’ around the Kerr and Packer relationship.  Who knows – it could be a flash in the pan, or perhaps, despite all the sceptics, it will turn into something lasting.

There’s plenty of proof the most unlikely of romances can work.