Lara Bingle has lifted the lid on her romance with fashion designer Gareth Moody, revealing to WHO Magazine that the relationship is different to anything she has experienced before.

While the couple have been quietly dating for eight months, they deliberately chose to keep the relationship away from the spotlight as they got to know each other.

Stepping out publicly for the first time to celebrate the occasion of Bingle's 25th birthday party on June 22, their strong affection for each other was obvious to the 50 guests who were invited to attend the black tie event held at the Carriageworks in Sydney.

"As much as Gareth understands my life, he takes me away from the craziness of it all," Bingle, resplendent in a full length gown by Kirrily Johnston, told WHO Magazine. "We don't talk about that part of my life, and he's taught me that I need to have a balance and step away from it or else I'll go insane. I have so many 'yes people' in my life ... I need an escape."

After blowing out the candles on her custom made skull cake, the birthday girl couldn't wipe the smile of her face as Moody—striking in his tuxedo—swept her into his arms. "Gareth is charming, he's a gentleman," Bingle revealed. "He is interested in finding out about me, rather than all the drama going on around me. It feels different to any relationship I've been in before. I feel happy and settled."

To read Lara's full interview with WHO - and see exclusive photos from her 25th birthday - pick up a copy of this week's WHO Magazine, on sale now.

Source: Who Magazine