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A-list couple reportedly move to different Australian city

Less than a year after moving to Sydney, Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen have reportedly moved their family to a different Aussie city.

Aussie actor Isla Fisher has reportedly ditched Sydney in favour of Perth, less than a year after making the move to Bondi from LA.

According to The Age, the Wedding Crashers star and her husband, Sacha Baron Cohen – who’s best known as Borat – finished up hotel quarantine with their three children last month and are now making WA their permanent home.

Fisher, 45, was born in Oman but grew up in Perth from the age of six before moving to Sydney to star as Shannon Reed in Home And Away. The family had lived in Los Angeles in recent years, before moving Down Under in late 2020.

Their decision to set up a permanent home on Australia’s West Coast was reportedly fuelled by a desire to “escape” Sydney’s ongoing lockdown, reports The Age.

After accepting the Screen Legend Award at WA’s CinefestOZ event last month, Fisher shared an Instagram post gushing over her connection to her hometown.

“I’m so proud to be recognised in Western Australia. This is where I was raised, this is where I feel at home,” she wrote alongside a picture of her award.

She also spoke of her connection to Australia in an interview with Stellar in March.

“I just feel so safe. I suppose the word is cosy, when I’m in Australia. It’s where I grew up,” Fisher explained.

“I’m the happiest when I’m home. I miss it when I’m not here. I don’t feel any pressure when I’m in Australia. I don’t have to say or do or be anything. I mean, I don’t even have to wear shoes.”

Meanwhile, Baron Cohen, 49, is rumoured to be appearing onstage at the AFL Grand Final on September 25, which is being held at Optus Stadium in Perth due to Covid-19.

According to the reports, he will be performing Queen songs as Freddie Mercury as part of the pre-match entertainment.

The comedian was originally set to play the late musician in the 2018 Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody but reportedly bowed out due to creative differences. The role ultimately went to Rami Malek.

Last week, Fisher was caught out while attempting to go incognito during a day out in Perth.

She reportedly stopped by a cafe in Inglewood, an inner-city suburb, where the barista who took her order revealed she went by a different name.

The employee wrote into local radio show Triple M Breakfast with Basil, Xav & Jenna, revealing she immediately recognised Fisher.

“I’m working as a barista and believe it or not, Isla Fisher arrived,” one of the radio hosts reading out the text said on-air. “Working in a cafe in Inglewood, I took the order, a flat white with oat milk.

“And when asked for the name please, she handed out, Simone. It knocked me down. (I thought) ‘that’s Isla Fisher using a fake name.’”

Originally published as Isla Fisher, Sacha Baron Cohen reportedly flee Sydney for Perth

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