Why Gladys kept boyfriend under wraps
Few get a glimpse into Gladys Berejiklian's private life but it's now been revealed former Liberal MP Daryl Maguire was one of them.
Notoriously choosing work over her personal life, the NSW Premier has revealed little outside of being a politician over the years.
But details are now emerging about that personal life, with the Wagga Wagga MP being investigated by the Independent Commission Against Corruption even having a sweet nickname for the Premier.
Ms Berejiklian told the ICAC inquiry she kept her relationship with Mr Maguire under wraps because she was a private person.
"I'm a very private person and I didn't feel the relationship had sufficient substance for it to be made public," she said.
Text messages referred to in the inquiry reveal that Mr Maguire called Ms Berejiklian "Hawkiss", an Armenian term of affection.
"Hawkiss good news. One of my contacts sold a motel for 5.8 million. I had put her in contact so I should make 5k," Mr Maguire said.
"Congrats!!! Great news!!! Woohoo" she responded.
Armenian was the first language in Ms Berejiklian's family home.
The inquiry was told she was in a relationship with Mr Maguire for nearly five years from the time of the 2015 election until a few months ago.
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Ms Berejiklian is the star witness today at hearings investigating Mr Maguire's conduct after the inquiry heard evidence he sought payments to help broker deals with property developers.
Ms Berejiklian is not accused of any misconduct in the inquiry but is being probed about Mr Maguire's activities.
Last year, Ms Berejiklian, 50, spoke about the tragic secret behind her renowned workaholism and drive to become the first woman to be elected in her own right as Premier of NSW at the election.
In an interview with The Australian, Ms Berejiklian said she had a twin sister who did not survive childbirth and felt she had to "justify my existence by sacrificing".
"So I don't care if I'm not happy all the time. I feel like I've got to work hard. It was a complete fluke that I came out first," she said.
"I had a twin sister and she didn't make it … Life is precious and every moment."
Mary Berejiklian, her younger sister, said Gladys "does always say she feels she has someone shadowing her".
All four of Ms Berejiklian's grandparents were orphaned in the Armenian genocide that began in 1915, and 40 relatives lost their lives.
Her dad didn't want to raise a family in the Middle East and so they moved to Australia in the 1960s.
Ms Berejiklian has never had children and despite admitting she is married to the job, she says she doesn't mind.
"I think if I do get married, if I do have kids, that'd be great, for me," she told The Australian in 2010.
"I don't find the need to have a handbag, put it that way."
She told Mamamia that if she had met the right person she would have been married.
"But that doesn't happen for everyone at the right time," she said.
"People are interested I get it, but people shouldn't make assumptions about what decisions women make or don't make. It might not be because they haven't tried, or don't want to, it's just happened this way."
She said she would rather be regarded as boring or a workaholic than detract from her role as Premier.
"Because I am not embarrassed to say, I do a good job and I do it a lot better than a lot of men would," she said.
Also opening up to The Australian Women's Weekly about the curiosity into her private life, she said she never made a conscious decision to choose work over kids.
"It's just the way it's happened in my life and I'm very happy with where I am," she said.
In 2017 she told Whimn that she was quite guarded with relationships.
"I even wonder how a coffee with a good friend will be interpreted," she said.
"I don't worry about that too much. I've been in public life for long enough that I know you just have to live your life normally."
Originally published as Why Gladys kept boyfriend under wraps