Dan Ewing (aka Heath Braxton), the original River Boy, sent hearts aflutter when he was spotted on the Summer Bay set in recent photos alongside the new Home and Away stars.
The images that also featured Ethan Browne, Rob Kipa-Williams, all but confirmed that his part for a guest stint would be reprising the actor.
Heath’s happily ever after came in the form of a relationship with Bianca Scott (played by Lisa Gormley) during his unforgettable stint on the long-running soap, but off-screen, there’s another woman stealing Dan’s heart.
The actor was previously married for three years to Marni Little, with whom he shares his six-year – old son, Archer. In December 2015, the former couple called time for their union.
It was a fresh beginning for Dan after a tumultuous divorce when he debuted his new relationship with his current girlfriend, dancer Kat Risteska.
The Home and Away star announced that they were in a relationship, posting a candid picture of the brunette beauty writing on a Christmas card on his Instagram in 2016.
“You know you’re dating a western chick when she makes Thug look like writing a Christmas card,” Dan joked in the caption, adding the hashtags, “# easeupcuz” and “would stab you.”
At the time, a source told the Daily Mail Australia that for years the couple had met each other and even crossed paths on the set of Home and Away, where Kat had worked as a budding actress herself briefly.
Since she belongs to the same management community to which Dan used to belong, they met when she was 19. So they’ve both known her for a long time,’ the publication told a source.
Dan admitted it was him who first pursued Kat via social media during an interview on Channel Seven’s The Morning Show in 2018.
I was single for about eight months, giving or taking … and then it was just months of really stalking her [online]! “Revealed him.
Earlier this year, Dan marked four years after he and Kat began dating on social media with a gushing message.
“Boo for 4 years. “He wrote in the long caption,” Four years of making me a better soul & making me make you …. eat more red meat & obsess about basketball.
An older soul than a “old soul”… Maybe a sexy Amazon warrior soul? You are the epitome of ‘Show me don’t tell me.’ What would you recognise??? Just me?? My dream here?? All right cool …
He also described Kat as “making everyone happier around you” and said that he was “truly blessed” in his life to have her.
Although Dan has yet to put a ring on it, rumours have been circulating for years that the actor of the Chasing Comets is eager to walk with Kat down the aisle.
“A close friend previously told New Idea,” It’s not a matter of if but when. “I’d say we’re going to hear something really soon. I know both of them are smitten and can’t wait to make it official.
So, are we going to hear wedding bells soon? This room, watch!