A journalist for Axios and an aide to President Joe Biden opened up about their romantic relationship in an article printed Monday.
Lovebirds Alexi McCammond and TJ Ducklo, a White House deputy press secretary, met on the 2020 marketing campaign path and started courting in November, PEOPLE journal reported.
“We each realized we each felt the identical manner,” mentioned Ducklo, 32. “We’re each actually comfortable, and we wished to do it the correct manner.”
McCammond, 27, had coated Biden’s presidential marketing campaign in 2019 and 2020 and bought to know Ducklo, the then-candidate’s press secretary.
On the time, McCammond was in a relationship and Ducklo was “tremendous single,” the article mentioned. The 2 grew to become pals.
When Ducklo was recognized with stage-four lung most cancers in December 2019, McCammond accompanied him to his medical appointments.
The reporter mentioned Ducklo’s analysis helped her understand how she actually felt about him.
“When TJ was recognized… I had a way then how a lot he meant to me,” McCammond mentioned.
“I’m simply grateful that I get to be there for him now each step of the best way as his companion.”
The pair mentioned they instantly informed their respective bosses in regards to the relationship, with McCammond, a reporter at Axios since 2017, asking to be taken off the Biden beat.
She was reassigned to overlaying the progressive motion, together with lawmakers in Congress, in addition to Vice President Kamala Harris, a spokeswoman for the web site mentioned.
“Switching beats was a straightforward determination,” McCammond informed the magazine.
Someday after the November election, when each she and Ducklo had been much less busy, McCammond mentioned it grew to become clear “that our years-long friendship had the potential for one thing else.”
The couple don’t reside collectively, however Ducklo often dog-sits McCammond’s mini-schnauzer, Marlin, the article mentioned.
Whereas the pair fear about how their relationship is likely to be construed as a result of nature of their jobs, they mentioned they hold their work and love lives “completely separate.”
“I don’t know what she’s engaged on and she or he doesn’t know what I’m engaged on,” Ducklo mentioned.
“It means lots of calls in hallways, in loos and whereas certainly one of us is strolling her canine.”
McCammond added that “TJ and I knew full effectively the unfair criticism our relationship may face.”
“However [we] knew that we weren’t going to let bullies get in the best way of our personal happiness.”
Ducklo agreed, saying the relationship “has actually been the perfect factor that has ever occurred in my private life.”