She’s a globetrotting beauty, fashion and occasional chocolate bar ambassador, while he’s the star goal-kicker for one of the powerhouse teams of the AFL.
But when it comes to pre-match rituals, nothing, not even Dior, is keeping Jesinta and Buddy Franklin apart.
Jesinta and Buddy Franklin
Speaking to Fairfax Media at the Dior gala in Melbourne on Saturday night, Jesinta Franklin, who arrived without a date, explained why she jetted to the Dior exhibition preview on Friday, only to return to Sydney hours later.
“I wanted to be home on Friday night. It’s a thing we do. I cook spaghetti and we go have breakfast at our favourite place,” she said.
Dior Gala at NGV Melbourne Red Carpet
Jesinta Franklin at the NGV gala on Saturday night without husband Buddy Franklin, who was starring for the Sydney Swans.
Franklin always tries to be home the night before one of her husband’s matches, except when he’s on the road, which playing for the Sydney Swans is quite often, or she’s overseas.
The couple will celebrate their first wedding anniversary in November.
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Of their mutual commitments with Dior – Buddy is an ambassador for its men’s fragrance, Dior Sauvage – Jesinta revealed that the first gift her now husband bought her was a bottle of Miss Dior perfume, in 2013.
With the Swans bound for the finals, Franklin said she has to go to New York soon “for three days” for an undisclosed work project – “you’ll just have to wait and see” – but was hoping to be around for most of September, should the team progress towards another grand final, its third since Buddy Franklin defected from Hawthorn on a multi-million-dollar, 10-year deal.
“When I have the means to get there I am always there to support [him],” she said.
On Thursday, Jesinta Franklin flew to Melbourne for Friday morning’s media preview of House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture in her role as ambassador for David Jones, a major sponsor of the exhibition.
Straight after the preview, she returned to Sydney, before jumping back on a late morning flight on Saturday morning for the evening’s gala dinner and cocktail party.
Dedicated to pre-game rituals … Jesinta and Buddy Franklin.
Dressed in a sheer floral Dior dress, Franklin said the exhibition had taken her breath away.
“It was breathtaking when I walked in. Whether you’re a lover of fashion or not you can come to an exhibition like this and appreciate it for the craft and the history as well,” she said.
Although she remained at the party until about 11pm, mingling with Bec Judd, Nadia Bartel and They All Hate Us bloggers Tash Sefton and Elle Ferguson, Franklin was in the hotel gym at 5.30am Sunday.
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On Saturday night, devoid of her phone on the red carpet, Franklin couldn’t help ask for a quick score check in the Swans’ eventual win over Carlton. At the time, Sydney was leading 64-46. Buddy went on to kick 10 goals in the 81-point thrashing, eventually winning him the Coleman Medal for most goals kicked in the season.
It must have been the home-cooked pasta that did it.