”Love transcends the physical.”
Home And Away fans have followed Ethan Browne’s Summer Bay journey with eager eyes since he made his debut at the start of 2020 as Tane Parata.
The 30-year-old is far from an eyesore and has quickly become one of the program’s most adored heartthrobs, so when we say eager eyes, we definitely mean it.
While Ethan keeps his personal life much more under wraps, his Summer Bay character Tane has had a very stormy first year on screen and, unsurprisingly, similarly volatile romance storylines.
Fans might have been shocked to learn that the New Zealander’s daughter, Aaylah, is 14 years old.
The New Zealand native has a 13-year-old daughter, Aaylah. (Image: Instagram)
Over the 2020 holiday season, Ethan posted stunning video to Instagram of the moment he reunited with Aaylah, who was completely unaware of his arrival.
“after being apart for nearly a year, surprising my kid. A moment I had long envisioned and fantasised about, “Ethan gave his post a caption.
“The difficult part of this stretch is beyond words. It’s inexplicable and beyond description. Our capacity to travel freely and physically be with our loved ones has been taken away by COVID.”
The actor expressed his happiness at being reunited with his daughter, Aaylah, despite the fact that she appears to reside in New Zealand while Ethan is working on the Home And Away set in Australia.
“But love transcends the physical, and the distance and lost time has only strengthened our bond. We’re here and now, and our hearts are full again ❤ ❤,” he wrote in the touching reunion video.
“To the parents who have been separated from their children because of this year’s events, and to those who can’t see their loved ones at Christmas, I send you all my love and strength. To my daughter, you are my entire heart. #Myangel #mylove #mylife.”
When Ethan had his daughter Aaylah, he was just 16 years old. According to his NIDA profile, this event marked a “major turning point” in his life.
While Ethan doesn’t often talk about his daughter in public, in September 2022, the young father shared a heartfelt remembrance of Aaylah, whose 14th birthday coincided with Father’s Day.
“Happy 14th birthday to my amazing daughter, Aaylah ? ❤️ truly blessed to have spent both Father’s Day and her birthday together ? heart is full ❤️,” he penned alongside a series of father/daughter snaps taken in his native New Zealand.
He turned his attention away from acting. Ethan decided to pursue a profession in civil engineering instead because he wanted to provide for his family. This decision finally lead him to a position in Brisbane and back to his acting passion.
Ethan has said that people in his New Zealand hometown of Wairoa “frowned upon” performing.
“I grew up in a tiny rural community where rugby culture was prevalent. A man wouldn’t perform in the theatre, “He gave the Daily Telegraph an explanation last year.