Matthew Johnson – or as we know him, Matty J – sure appears to have it all.
The successful reality TV heartthrob and podcast host is a loving husband to Laura Byrne and a doting dad of two girls, Marlie-Mae and Lola. His media career has gone from strength to strength, and on Instagram, the family videos and holiday snaps are funny and adorable.
On the latest episode of the But Are You Happy podcast, Matty J tells host Clare Stephens that, while he is very happy, there have still been some big challenges, especially in fatherhood.
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One of the hardest times was when Laura was pregnant with their second daughter, Lola.
"We had a really great pregnancy experience with Marlie, everything was amazing and Laura felt great," Matty J tells Clare.
"But at the four-month mark with Lola, she got really, really sick. Sick enough to be bedridden for a week or two. This was the peak of Covid when a lot of the appointments took place over the phone. Laura was speaking to the midwife at the time and explaining the symptoms, but they would say to stay home and rest up.
"The worst it got was when Laura had these excruciating pains in her stomach on New Year's Day. She hadn't slept and was in so much pain that she started vomiting. We told the midwife that she was coming into the hospital because it wasn't normal. And it wasn't until Laura was in so much pain that she was on the floor vomiting that they gave her morphine and said they would do some scans and tests to what was going on with the baby. They sent Laura home and then it wasn't until the next day they called us and said there was a chance it could be hydrops fetalis, where the baby has severe swelling in the brain and only has a 10 per cent chance of survival."