Australian actress Asher Keddie fell instantly in love with husband Vincent Fantauzzo after passing each other by chance in a Melbourne street, but she soon realised he was hiding something from her when their relationship blossomed.
Fantauzzo was a celebrated artist who rubbed shoulders with prime ministers and world-famous celebrities, painting the likes of the late Heath Ledger and Lionel Rose.
But unknown to even his closest family, he had been diagnosed with severe dyslexia, a condition which made some of the most basic life skills a challenge.
Australian actress Asher Keddie has revealed how she fell in love with her famous artist husband Vincent Fantauzzo, but knew he was hiding a secret. (Pictured: the couple at the Fantauzzo Hotel launch in May)
Fantauzzo is a four-time Archibald People's Choice prize winning artist who's friendship circle includes ex-Prime Ministers and A-list Australian celebrities including Matt Moran and the late Heath ledger
Fantauzzo dropped out of school at the age of 13 without reading a single book and once carried a gun as he 'hustled' his way through life.
'I spent my life hiding and hustling, feeling ashamed, not being good enough, not being smart enough and pretending to be someone I wasn't,' he told the ABC's Australian Story.
Fantauzzo saw Keddie on television and asked his friend, celebrated chef Matt Moran, if he knew that 'hot' girl because he wanted to paint her.
A few phone calls later, Keddie agreed.
But Fantauzzo was late to their sitting and she had no time to waste due to her television commitments, so she hit the road.
Fantauzzo (pictured with model Jessica Hart) at his 30 Portraits 30 Days exhibition at The National Arts Club in New York in 2010
In a twist of fate, the pair happened to bump into each other in the street as Keddie was leaving.
'I was walking towards him and I absolutely felt connected on a level I'd never felt connected to anybody in my life,' Keddie said.
The pair married in 2014, becoming one of Australia's most glamorous celebrity couples and had a son, Valentino, who is now four years old.
But Keddie, who starred in Offspring and Love My Way among other hit TV shows, knew something was not right with her talented husband, who suffered persistent memory issues.
But he still didn't let on.
'He was trying to manage it himself and falling short. I started really demanding the truth, I suppose... I pushed pretty hard, which was uncomfortable for him and uncomfortable for me,' Keddie said.
Fantauzzo with his famous portrait of Heath Ledger. The portrait was painted in the weeks before Ledger's death to