Bert Newton opens up about his son’s troubled past

Bert Newton made a name for himself as one of the country’s most beloved television personalities, but for years he

Bert Newton made a name for himself as one of the country’s most beloved television personalities, but for years he has stayed quiet on his son Matthew’s volatile past.

Now though, Bert has opened up about his family and shown his support for his son after years of battling to get him back on track.

“I have always prayed for a happy ending, and I think it has arrived,” Bert said of Matthew in an interview with the Herald Sun.

“He is happy, he’s doing good things, and that’s the most important thing.

“I’m overjoyed.

“He is a great writer, he is a great director and a fine actor and he is happy.”

Earlier this year, Matthew won critical acclaim for his film ‘From Nowhere’, which he wrote and produced.

It was a welcomed turnaround after years of controversy and legal troubles.

In 2007, he was charged with assaulting his former girlfriend, ex Neighbours star Brooke Satchwell.

Later in 2010, Matthew’s new girlfriend, Australian actress Rachael Taylor took out an AVO against him after an attack in the foyer of a hotel in Rome.

He was also charged in 2011 for allegedly assaulting a cab driver on the way to a children’s party in Sydney, which was later dismissed.

Only a couple of years later, in 2012, he was arrested twice in Miami, Florida for trespassing and resisting arrest and battery.

It looks like he has managed to turn his life around though with Bert singing his praises and saying he is happy to finally see his son back on track.

Bert, who turned 78 on Saturday, also spoke about becoming a grandparent for the first time, saying it was one of the greatest joys in his life.

“They wouldn’t realise it at the moment, but they have made this one of the happiest times of my life,” he said of his grandchildren.

“There is that old saying, the wonderful thing about being a grandfather, or grandparent, is that you give the kids back.

“But in the case of Patti and myself, we don’t want to.”

“It really has given me a new lease of life,” he said.

“It’s a special time,

“I’ve been a very lucky bloke.

“I’ve had a career. I never realised when I started out I would be around as long as I have been.

“But towards the twilight years, it’s terrific to have such love from four wonderful little kids.”

Are you happy to see Matthew Newton has turned his life around? Are you a fan of Bert?

  1. Ellen  

    I am not really fan of Bert. It is a shame that he now is happy to talk about his son, now that Matthew is doing socially acceptable things .
    He says he is now proud of his son …. not what I would call unconditional love.

    • Christine  

      I agree, as parents, family and friends we always need to be there! That’s unconditional live.

  2. Judith Mcintyre  

    Great to hear that from Bert and I hope that is his true feelings. Matthew must be trying very hard to succeed and my good wishes go to him. Love the Newtons the are Victoria’S first family of TV.

  3. Pauline Jacobs  

    Great, love hearing families heal, and how well his sons is doing.

  4. Mary Heffernan  

    Matthew needs to stay off the grog and recreational drugs, and stay on his medication, and there’s no reason why he can’t turn his life around!

    • Francine  

      Totally agree, Mary.

      He’s a handsome lad, who could get tv or movie roles, PROVIDED he stays on the straight, & narrow, with his medications’.

      There’s no shame in taking doctor prescribed medication, for ANY ailment.
      The help’s there, so use it, not ABUSE it…………..

  5. some stuck up spoiled brat has problems and it’s world news. wow. look at all the domestic violence happening in this country that goes unheard of. look at all the homeless people having nowhere warm to sleep and all we keep seeing and hearing about is the rich and famous having a hard time, if not it’s their stupid children. who cares. grow up Matthew Newton. no one cares. oh bert? bert who. USED to love him on the DON LANE show back in the 80’s.

    • Bob  

      Its ok the berate the son, because he chose the wrong path in life and suffered mental illness, but there is no justification to speak against Bert at all. If Matthew has turned his life around, it is a credit to him, and shows he has strength and moral character. Bert might have a few dollars, but he still performs and is loved by the audiences in the theatre. Bert Newton is a LEGEND, and doesn’t deserve the criticism levelled at him

  6. Shooey Haze  

    Why do you feel its o k to berate and deride Bert & family,? Mental illness happens in the most loving families, for many different reasons, I don’t understand why you Tracey feel so empowered to judge. Would you say those nasty words to his face? I hope they do well and recover their family unity and happiness

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