Lauren Brant‘s usual approach to media attention around her family is to “keep quiet”. But after her partner, Barry Hall, was sacked from Triple M on Friday over vile comments about a fellow AFL commentator’s wife, the former Hi-5 star felt compelled to speak out.
In a lengthy Instagram post on Sunday night, Brant said she could not stay mum in the face of nationwide backlash against the “honest, humble and fair” father of one.
“What is happening to my family is not OK,” the 29-year-old wrote.
“Barry is a beautiful man, the kindest I have ever met.
“He is hurting because of what the country is saying about him and how it is affecting our family.”
Hall, a former Sydney Swans captain, was fired on the spot from his commentary gig on Friday evening over a discussion about St Kilda legend Leigh Montagna’s pregnant wife, Erinn. Hall insuated that her doctor had acted in a sexually inappropriate manner while performing a ‘membrane sweep’ – a technique used to instigate labour.
Mamamia has chosen not to publish the grotesque comment.
While Brant conceded her 41-year-old partner’s remarks were “stupid” and “completely wrong”, she argued that there was no malice or substance behind them.
“What I can not accept, is that he as a person is now being held as an example of what is wrong with this country in terms of its attitude towards women,” Brant wrote on Instagram.
“We have sat down and had a very long and honest conversation about how his actions have warranted a national response. We both know there is a problem and understand that people are trying to change it but solely vilifying Barry for this incident is not going to fix it. You have the wrong man for that.”
“Our son and myself are being attacked.”
Brant, who started dating Hall after they appeared together on I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here in 2015, said he is not the only target of the backlash.
“Our [one-year-old] son and myself are being attacked (which is a whole other conversation, because how is verbally abusing a woman and innocent child an accepted response to someone being accused of being disrespectful to women?),” she wrote.