Hopefully, Natalie Joyce wasn’t home last night.
The local Chinese restaurant with your four daughters and a bottle of something fizzy sounds like the right place to be when your husband is on national television with his new girlfriend and their new baby, a bubble bath and a whole lot of excuses.
But she probably wasn’t out on the town, because today, Natalie Joyce had to get up and go to work. Unlike her estranged husband, who has taken three months leave from his job to deal with the stress of being paid $150,000 for a few hours’ work last week, Natalie has gone back to full-time work as a primary school teacher, according to a piece by the immaculately-sourced Sharri Markson in today’s Daily Telegraph.
Natalie specialises in teaching children with special needs. She has worked with indigenous kids with learning difficulties, Markson’s story explains. It’s what she does. Who she is.
It’s hard to imagine a starker contrast between this long-married, not-quite-divorced couple. Natalie Joyce, quietly picking up extra work in the job she pulled back on while she was raising her girls, and Barnaby, speckling the TV screen with blame-filled bile aimed at his colleagues, the media, anyone but himself.
Natalie Joyce, who has so far turned down hundreds of thousands of dollars of media money to tell her “side of the story”, and Barnaby, who cheerily told reporters that it was his new missis, Vicki Campion, who really wanted the $150,000 Seven were offering for Sunday Night.
Natalie Joyce, who’s making children’s lives better, and Barnaby, who admits he knew he was going to lose his job when his infidelity was exposed, but convinced thousands of his townsfolk to vote for him anyway.
Natalie Joyce, whose first priority is shielding her daughters from any more public embarrassment, and Barnaby, who last night said that when he looks his brand-new baby, cute as a puppy and a picture of innocence, he thinks ‘You caused a whole lot of problems!’.