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Julia Gillard confirms she split up with former ‘First Bloke’ and hairdresser Tim Mathieson after 15 years together

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Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has confirmed she split up with her longtime boyfriend Tim Mathieson a year ago.

Ms Gillard was Australia’s first, and still only, female prime minister, and though they were not married, Mr Mathieson became known as the ‘First Bloke’ – a play on the American tradition of calling a president’s wife the ‘First Lady’.

Mr Mathieson had not been seen with Ms Gillard in quite some time, and had not even lived in the same city for more than a year.

The former PM is known for her privacy and mostly steered clear of public commentary since Kevin Rudd deposed her as Labor leader and prime minister on June 27, 2013.

Ms Gillard did the same to Mr Rudd three years earlier and went on to form a minority government in her own right after the 2010 federal election.

Ms Gillard, who grew up in Adelaide, confirmed to her hometown Sunday Mail that she and Mr Mathieson separated more than a year ago after 15 years together.

She is the chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College in London and splits her time between there and Adelaide.

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