Mel McLaughlin Partner Ashley Westwood: Dating Timeline

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As the lives of Mel McLaughlin’s partner, Ashley Westwood, and the media personality intertwined, it led to headlines that captured the public’s attention.

Their journey from acquaintances to a strong and supportive couple has been quite a tale in the world of sports and entertainment.

In this article, we will look closer look at their dating timeline, focusing on the moments that defined their relationship.

Mel McLaughlin Covering The Commonwealth Games In Birmingham In 2022
Mel McLaughlin Covering The 2022 Commonwealth Games In Birmingham (Source: Instagram)

Melanie “Mel” Louise McLaughlin is an Australian sports presenter currently working for the Seven Network.

She was born in Sydney on September 3, 1979, to an Anglo-Indian mother and an English father.

McLaughlin was formerly employed by Fox Sports, where she hosted association soccer shows.

She hosted programs like Kick Off, Indian Super League, and Fox Sports FC. Furthermore, she was also a regular on Fox Sports News.

Mel McLaughlin Partner, Ashley Westwood

The sports presenter’s long-time partner, Ashley Michael Westwood, is an English professional soccer manager and former player.

A graduate of the Manchester United Academy, Westwood played as a defender during his playing days.

His professional career began after the former player signed with Crewe Alexandra in 1995. 

Westwood played for many clubs in English soccer’s second and third tier for over 17 years.

The defender retired from his playing duties post the 2012-13 season.

Ashley Westwood Won Two League Titles As RoundGlass Punjab FC Head Coach
Ashley Westwood Last Worked As RoundGlass Punjab FC Head Coach In 2022 (Source: Facebook)

Westwood’s coaching career took off in November 2012 as a first-team coach of the Championship side Blackpool.

However, his noticeable achievement came after becoming the first head coach of the newly founded team Bengaluru FC in the Indian I-League.

Bengaluru FC was crowned the I-League title champion in the first season under the management of Westwood.

He won the Federation Cup the following season and the second league title in the 2015-16 season.

The Brit last coached RoundGlass Punjab but resigned on March 21, 2022.

A Heartwarming Dating Timeline

The dating timeline of Mel and Ashley serves as a reminder that love can flourish even in the fast-paced and demanding worlds of sports and media.

The couple met in late 2015 while Mel was in India working for Star TV and Ashley was coaching a Malaysian soccer team.

Coincidentally, Westwood and his then-wife Huma stayed at the same Mumbai hotel as Mel.

Mel McLaughlin And Her Partner Ashley Westwood Made Their Relationship Official In 2016
McLaughlin And Her Partner Ashley Westwood Made Their Relationship Official In 2016 (Source: Instagram)

Mel McLaughlin and Ashley Westwood’s love story began with their shared passion for sports.

They found themselves in similar circles, often crossing paths at sporting events and interviews.

The spark between them was undeniable. On top of that, each of their past relationships fueled the spark to turn it into a flame. 

On the one hand, Mel had just divorced actor Luke Panic while Ashley’s marriage with his former wife Huma was breaking down.

As their relationship progressed, they made it public through a heartwarming post on social media in 2016.

However, Mel has hesitated to discuss her relationship since the early announcement.

Nevertheless, she enjoys living with her partner Ashley and their two dogs, George and Alice.

Swochandra Shrestha
Swochandra Shrestha

Swochandra Shrestha

Swochandra Shrestha is a passionate writer with a keen eye for uncovering the human stories behind the world of sports. His articles offer readers a refreshing perspective on athletes and sporting events, blending insightful analysis with engaging storytelling that resonates on a personal level.


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