In an interview with the Australian Women’s Weekly – the first time Ms Joyce has spoken since it was revealed Barnaby Joyce had left her for his media adviser – the mother-of-four says her encounter with Vikki Campion wasn’t one of her “finer” moments, but that she was “proud” she stood up to her.
“I was very measured,” Natalie told the magazine of their confrontation in March last year. “I didn’t raise my voice. She and Barney were smoking outside. He bolted when he saw me. I turned to her and said, ‘My husband is out of bounds, off-limits, he’s a married man with four children,’ and then I called her a home-wrecking wh—. It was not one of my finer moments but, looking back, I’m proud I stood up to her.”
In her six-figure interview with Sunday Night earlier this month, Ms Campion acknowledged that a confrontation between her and Ms Joyce had occured in Tamworth, but refused to elaborate on the circumstances as she “can’t repeat the words on television”.
Ms Joyce said she met Ms Campion for the first time in 2016, when welcoming her into her home. She noted to the Women’s Weekly she found the media adviser “so cold” from the outset.