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Will Matthew Newton return for father Bert’s funeral?

Troubled actor Matthew Newton fled Australia to live in New York in 2012. 

But now questions abound as to whether the 44-year-old will return home to attend the funeral of his father, Bert Newton, who died on Saturday at the age of 83 and will be celebrated in a state funeral in Melbourne

According to a report in Confidential on Sunday, an alleged insider claimed it’s ‘unlikely’ Matthew will fly home to Australia. 

 Far: Troubled actor Matthew Newton fled Australia to live in New York in 2012. Pictured in 2017

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to the Newton family for comment.  

Matthew has kept under the radar since relocating to the U.S. and reportedly resisted requests from his mother, Patti, 76, to return to Australia last year, when New York was struggling through the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The actor and director, who suffers from bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and has a history of addiction, has a notably tumultuous past. 

Return? Questions abound as to whether the 44-year-old will return home to attend the funeral of his father, Bert Newton, who died on Saturday at the age of 83 and will be celebrated in a state funeral in Melbourne. Bert is pictured with wife Patti

Return? Questions abound as to whether the 44-year-old will return home to attend the funeral of his father, Bert Newton, who died on Saturday at the age of 83 and will be celebrated in a state funeral in Melbourne. Bert is pictured with wife Patti 

Not a plan? According to a report in Confidential on Sunday, an alleged insider claimed it's 'unlikely' Matthew will fly home to Australia. Pictured with his father

Not a plan? According to a report in Confidential on Sunday, an alleged insider claimed it’s ‘unlikely’ Matthew will fly home to Australia. Pictured with his father 

This includes domestic violence allegations from two former girlfriends: Australian actresses Brooke Satchwell, 40, and Rachael Taylor, 37. 

Matthew was also arrested twice in Miami, Florida, in 2012 – the first for trespassing and resisting officers, while a second incident saw him charged with battery and resisting arrest after he attacked a hotel receptionist.

Following the charges, Matthew checked into the Betty Ford Center in California for 90 days of alcohol and drug treatment. 

Past: The actor and director, who suffers from bipolar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder and and has a history of addiction, has a notably tumultuous past. Pictured in 2001

Past: The actor and director, who suffers from bipolar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder and and has a history of addiction, has a notably tumultuous past. Pictured in 2001 

Woes: This includes domestic violence allegations from two former girlfriends: Australian actresses Brooke Satchwell, 40, and Rachael Taylor, 37 (pictured)

Woes: This includes domestic violence allegations from two former girlfriends: Australian actresses Brooke Satchwell, 40, and Rachael Taylor, 37 (pictured)

Both matters were later dismissed under the conditions that Matthew completes community service and writes a letter of apology to the hotel clerk.

He was forced to withdraw as director of the Hollywood film Eve in October 2018 after a social media backlash over his alleged history of assault. 

According to Woman’s Day magazine, Matthew has completely given up on his home country and is happy living with long-term partner Catherine Schneiderman in New York. 

Married: According to Woman's Day magazine, Matthew has completely given up on his home country and is happy living with long-term partner Catherine Schneiderman (pictured) in New York. Matt and Catherine reportedly married in 2017

Married: According to Woman’s Day magazine, Matthew has completely given up on his home country and is happy living with long-term partner Catherine Schneiderman (pictured) in New York. Matt and Catherine reportedly married in 2017

Staying put: Matthew has kept under the radar since relocating to the U.S. and reportedly resisted requests from his mother, Patti, 76, to return to Australia last year, when New York was struggling through the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Pictured in 2017

Staying put: Matthew has kept under the radar since relocating to the U.S. and reportedly resisted requests from his mother, Patti, 76, to return to Australia last year, when New York was struggling through the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Pictured in 2017

Matt and Catherine, who is the daughter of former New York attorney-general Eric Schneiderman, have dated since 2012 and were reportedly married in 2017. 

‘Because of his scandals over the years, he can’t face coming home to Australia,’ a source told the publication.

‘Matthew lives a private, almost reclusive, life with his partner Catherine in New York now, where he is rarely bothered. He has no desire to reawaken old demons by returning to Australia,’ the insider added. 

Final photo: Bert died on Saturday night, after a stunning career that beamed him into the living rooms of Australians for more than 70 years. On October 24, Patti posted a photo of a beaming Newton recovering in his hospital bed while surrounded by five of his grandchildren

Final photo: Bert died on Saturday night, after a stunning career that beamed him into the living rooms of Australians for more than 70 years. On October 24, Patti posted a photo of a beaming Newton recovering in his hospital bed while surrounded by five of his grandchildren

TV legend Bert died on Saturday night, after a stunning career that beamed him into the living rooms of Australians for more than 70 years. 

He had been receiving palliative care at a clinic in Melbourne at the time of his death, following a long health battle that led to one of his legs being amputated in May. 

The TV personality is survived by his wife Patti, daughter Lauren, 40, son Matthew, and six grandchildren. 

Family: The TV personality is survived by his wife Patti, his two kids, and six grandchildren. Bert's daughter Lauren Newton has six children: Sam, 11, Eva, nine, Lola, six, Monty, two, Perla, 19 months, and newborn son, Alby. All  but son Matthew are pictured

Family: The TV personality is survived by his wife Patti, his two kids, and six grandchildren. Bert’s daughter Lauren Newton has six children: Sam, 11, Eva, nine, Lola, six, Monty, two, Perla, 19 months, and newborn son, Alby. All  but son Matthew are pictured

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