Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce shares hilarious details about his engagement to Vikki Campion

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has confirmed he is engaged to Vikki Campion.

The Chief of Nationals said Sunrise he popped the question at a “very nice” restaurant in Coffs Harbor on Sunday.

Watch Barnaby share his good news in the video above

But the 54-year-old revealed to David Koch and Natalie Barr that his romantic proposal hopes actually all came in the shape of a pear.

“We were in Noosa and I was maybe hoping to pop the question there, but all the restaurants were full,” he said on Tuesday.

Barnaby Joyce shares two young sons – Sebastian and Thomas – with his fiancée Vikki Campion. Credit: Getty Images

“The only place we could go to was Magic of India, and that just didn’t seem like the right environment.”

Mr Joyce says he ‘arranged a babysitter’ and knelt down at Latitude 30 restaurant in Coffs Harbor a few days later instead.

“I waited for most people to leave, just in case she said no,” he revealed.

“I pretended to knock the phone off the table and climbed down to pick it up – but actually ended up on my knees.

“It was like I was praying!”

Kochie and Nat snapped when Barnaby revealed how his proposal went wrong.
Kochie and Nat snapped when Barnaby revealed how his proposal went wrong. Credit: Sunrise

The relationship between Mr Joyce and former staffer Ms Campion was widely publicized after their affair came to light in 2018.

The scandal cost Mr Joyce his position as Deputy Prime Minister and National Party leader until he made a dramatic political comeback in 2021.

The couple share two young sons – Sebastian and Thomas – who Mr Joyce said ‘couldn’t give a fuck’ about their parents’ happy news.

“Boys only talk about dinosaurs,” he said.

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The “very nice” Latitude 30 restaurant in Coffs Harbor where Mr Joyce popped the question. Credit: Latitude 30

Mr Joyce said news of his engagement received a mixed response.

The polarizing politician has four daughters from his previous marriage of 24 years to his ex-wife, Natalie.

“Some people are happy, others are naturally not,” he said.

The Deputy Prime Minister also confirmed that a wedding would be delayed, ruling out holding a ceremony this year due to the impending federal election.

“We haven’t looked that far down the track yet, we’re only taking one step at a time.”

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