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    Home and Away star Patrick O’Connor surprised by interest in his real-life romance

    Patrick O’Connor, star of Home and Away, has answered to fans’ questions about his personal relationship with his co-star.

    The actor, who has played Dean Thompson on the Australian soap since 2018, has experienced a wide range of storylines on the program, including murder and life-threatening injuries, as well as family reunions and falling in and out of love. Fans find his real-life romance with his on-screen lover (Ziggy Astoni, played by Sophie Dillman) intriguing, something the Queenslander finds perplexing.

    Patrick, according to Stuff, doesn’t understand the attention they’re getting because their connection started as a friendship years before they were featured on the serial.

    “I just think we’re a bit of a boring couple,” he told the outlet. “We’re Queenslanders from Brisbane who like to have a good time and just enjoy the ride.

    “Both our families are from Brisbane and when we moved down to Sydney, we both got a gig on the show and things have just worked out. We’re just very happy and lucky and we appreciate that.”

    In other news, the soap star recently revealed how his on-screen mother Karen (Georgia Adamsonreturn )’s intentions have changed in recent years.

    Speaking to Inside Soap, Patrick said Karen was supposed to come back in 2021: “They planned on having Karen back last year, but it was still a surprise!”

    Georgia was in a separate state in Australia, he continued, and the actress couldn’t go to Sydney to film her sequences due of the pandemic’s restrictions.

    “I was more upset that we couldn’t do it in 2020,” he went on. “But I’m so glad we got her back. Everyone knows Karen is such a good character!”

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