Elle Macpherson’s relationship with disgraced anti-vaxxer campaigner Andrew Wakefield is reportedly ‘still going strong’ after 16 months.
Despite not being pictured together for almost half a year, the couple were spotted on Friday in a photo shared to Instagram by a fan.
The 55-year-old model also supposedly made a ‘surprise appearance’ at an autism conference Andrew was speaking at last month, according to Woman’s Day.
Reports claim Elle Macpherson’s (L) romance with disgraced anti-vaccine doctor Andrew Wakefield (R) is still going strong on Monday… as they’re pictured together for the first time in six months this week. Pictured on Friday via Instagram
‘Elle snuck in while Andrew took to the stage to deliver his speech,’ a guest at the conference said. ‘A lot of people didn’t realise it was her.’
Eight years ago, Andrew was banned from practicing medicine in Britain after helping spawn the modern anti-vaccination movement with widely discredited research.
He falsely claimed the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine causes autism and bowel disease.
‘Elle snuck in while Andrew took to the stage to deliver his speech’: According to reports released by Woman’s Day, Elle made a surprise guest appearance at an autism conference on the 27th of May
In his now notorious 1998 paper, Andrew speculated that being injected with a ‘dead’ form of the measles virus via vaccination causes disruption to intestinal tissue.
As a result of his dire warnings, the UK’s vaccination rate fell from 92 per cent to 84 per cent by 2002.
His theory was found to have been based on false evidence and it was retracted by the leading medical journal, The Lancet, in 2010.
After decamping to the United States, Andrew’s cause was adopted by Hollywood stars, promoted by online conspiracy theorists and picked up by populist politicians.
Going strong: The smitten pair have now reportedly been together for just over 16 months
His powerful supporters include Donald Trump, whose inauguration ball Andrew attended.
Brian Burrowes, who edited Andrew’s controversial 2016 documentary Vaxxed, said the former doctor started dating Elle after meeting her at an awards ceremony in November 2017.
‘They also came to Austin together for a couple of days and he introduced her to us. They were very couply, they went for a walk and he showed her around the place,’ he said last year.
‘He’s obviously a bit infatuated. He did say to me “Brian how did this happen?” I laughed and said I really don’t how this happened. I’m just really happy for him.’
‘He’s obviously a bit infatuated’: Brian Burrowes, who edited Andrew’s controversial 2016 documentary Vaxxed, said the former doctor started dating Macpherson after meeting her at an awards ceremony in November, 2017. Pictured: Elle in January this year