Schapelle Corby's Bali boyfriend 'lonely' now she's free

SCHAPELLE Corby's boyfriend Ben Panangian has spoken of his loneliness for the first time since his lover of 11 years was deported from Bali.

Panangian, 36, told New Idea he has no idea when - if ever - he will see the convicted drug smuggler again, but dreams they will one day be reunited.

As Corby's May 27 deportation date neared, Panangian shied away from media attention, refusing to comment about anything to do with his girlfriend as he came and went from Corby's Kuta home.

"It is lonely with her not here," Panangian told New Idea.

"I really hope we can see each other again in the future, but we don't know. It's all uncertain and so it's difficult to make any plans."


Panangian has confessed he is lonely without partner Schapelle.
Panangian has confessed he is lonely without partner Schapelle. Supplied

It's unlikely Corby will be permitted to return to Indonesia given her drug smuggling sentence. Panangian has also been sentenced for three-and-a-half years for marijuana possession, which could make it difficult for him to enter Australia.

"We dream of getting back together," he told New Idea. "But we don't speak of marriage or children. Once we know if we can see each other again, we can talk about it.'

Panangian runs a stand-up paddle boarding business and has been going to Kedonganan beach each day to wait for clients.

A talented stand up paddle boarder, he teaches SUP and rents out boards to experienced clients.

In the past three years, while Corby was on parole and living in Bali, the couple would often be seen together at the beach, near Bali's international airport.

The couple met 11 years ago at a church service in Bali's Kerobokan prison.

Panangian told New Idea that Corby's time back in Australia did not appear to have changed her as a person.

"She she seems the same to me," he said. "She has not changed".

News Corp Australia

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