Former Australian Idol star Anthony Callea laughs out loud when asked who does most of the cooking at the modern Melbourne apartment he and husband Tim Campbell – and their much loved 13-year-old rescue dog Oscar – call home.
“We have four ovens in our kitchen and I don’t know how to use any of them,” Anthony happily admits. “Every time I have to microwave something, I yell out to Tim or text him to ask, ‘What button do I press?’”
Tim, 45, is only slightly better at navigating the kitchen. “We cook like university students,” he laughs. “Cooking for us is heating up a soup or making some sort of salad. We’re either out or ordering Uber Eats or we’re just away. We don’t cook. We don’t do a weekly shop to cook anything.”
If it was left up to Anthony, 38, they would dine out every single night. “I love eating out and I don’t really enjoy cooking,” he says. “I don’t like cleaning up the mess from cooking, especially when it’s just the two of us or I’m home by myself.
I’m very good at using a NutriBullet though, and I can make a great protein shake.”
When it comes to cleaning, however, Anthony confesses he’s borderline OCD. “Tim is actually a very clean person, but I grew up in a household where I could eat o my mum’s floor – her house always smelt like bleach and there was never a cushion out of place!”
They may occasionally bicker over Anthony’s need for a perfect “display home”, but arguments are few and far between for this couple, who tied the knot in New Zealand in 2014, three years before same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia.
“It was quite a beautiful moment to realise that we were now a legally recognised married couple in our own country,” Anthony says, adding that both he and Tim celebrated the historic event with a martini as they watched the announcement on TV.
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