Matthew Newton is enjoying a ‘slower pace’ of life in Texas with wife Catherine Schneiderman


Bert Newton’s reclusive son Matthew and his wife Catherine Schneiderman have reportedly moved to Austin, Texas.

The troubled actor and director, 45, and his younger spouse, 28, packed up their two-bedroom apartment in New York’s Upper West Side and are said to be living in a sprawling mansion on the outskirts of town.

Matthew, who suffers from bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and has a history of addiction, has a notably tumultuous past and refrains from the spotlight.

A new report on Monday has claimed that reclusive actor Matthew Newton (left) is enjoying a ‘slower pace of life’ in Australian, Texas with his wife Catherine Schneiderman (right) after leaving New York. Pictured in November

‘They’re living in Austin and loving it,’ an insider reportedly told Woman’s Day.

‘Catherine never thought that as a bona fide New Yorker she would ever move to Texas, but she’s found herself fitting right in, and the slower pace is doing the world of good for her husband.’

The publication also understands the couple are keen to start a family. 

According to Woman's Day, the troubled actor and director, 45, and his wife, 28, have moved from their two-bedroom apartment in New York's Upper West Side and are now living in a 'sprawling mansion on the outskirts of town'

According to Woman’s Day, the troubled actor and director, 45, and his wife, 28, have moved from their two-bedroom apartment in New York’s Upper West Side and are now living in a ‘sprawling mansion on the outskirts of town’ 

Matthew’s marriage to his long-term girlfriend Catherine was confirmed during a speech at his father’s state funeral in Melbourne.

Bert died on October 30 last year at the age of 83 after a highly publicised battle with illness.

Matthew and Catherine, who is the daughter of former New York attorney-general Eric Schneiderman, began dating in 2012 and got engaged in October 2016.  

'Catherine never thought that as a bona fide New Yorker she would ever move to Texas, but she's found herself fitting right in, and the slower pace is doing the world of good for her husband,' an insider claimed

‘Catherine never thought that as a bona fide New Yorker she would ever move to Texas, but she’s found herself fitting right in, and the slower pace is doing the world of good for her husband,’ an insider claimed

Matthew, who suffers from bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and has a history of addiction, has a notably tumultuous past. Pictured at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada in September 2017

Matthew, who suffers from bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and has a history of addiction, has a notably tumultuous past. Pictured at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada in September 2017

A family friend told New Idea in 2017 the couple had secretly married at the home of Catherine’s mother in New York.

‘[Matthew] rang his parents prior to the big day and invited them but with Bert’s health being a little strained in recent months they decided a long-haul flight to New York might not be a great idea,’ the source said at the time.

‘This is the best news ever for Bert and Patti… they’re just so happy for Matthew.’ 

Who is Catherine Schneiderman?

Catherine Schneiderman is the daughter of former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Catherine’s romance with Matthew raised some eyebrows, due to her father Eric’s known stance against domestic violence.

In 2006, Matthew was convicted of assaulting his then-fiancée, actress Brooke Satchwell.

In 2010, he announced his split from another fiancée, Rachael Taylor, after two ‘violent and unprovoked’ attacks in Rome, which prompted her to take out an AVO against him.

Eric Schneiderman passed a bill in 2010 to increase the punishment handed to those involved in such crimes.

‘The time to criminalise this horrific form of abuse is now,’ he said.

‘I am proud of the overwhelming bipartisan support for this legislation. It sends a strong message that we must do everything in our power to ensure that no one is immune from accountability for committing such a heinous crime.’

New Idea previously reported Catherine was aware of Matthew’s past but ‘sees him as a misunderstood genius’.

Matthew was arrested in 2006 for allegedly physically assaulting ex-girlfriend Brooke Satchwell (left). He later pleaded guilty to 'common assault' in court. Pictured together in 2003

Matthew was arrested in 2006 for allegedly physically assaulting ex-girlfriend Brooke Satchwell (left). He later pleaded guilty to ‘common assault’ in court. Pictured together in 2003 

Matthew, who has a history of addiction, has a notably tumultuous past.

This includes domestic violence allegations from two former girlfriends: Australian actresses Brooke Satchwell, 41, and Rachael Taylor, 37.

He was arrested for the alleged physical assault of former Neighbours star Satchwell in 2006 and pleaded guilty to ‘common assault’ in court. 

Matthew was given a good behaviour bond, but the conviction was overturned on the grounds of mental health.  

In 2010, Matthew's then-girlfriend Rachael Taylor (left) filed a protective order against him, alleging physical, verbal and emotional abuse, and he entered Sydney's Northside West Clinic for treatment. Pictured together in 2009

In 2010, Matthew’s then-girlfriend Rachael Taylor (left) filed a protective order against him, alleging physical, verbal and emotional abuse, and he entered Sydney’s Northside West Clinic for treatment. Pictured together in 2009 

In 2010, Matthew’s then-girlfriend Taylor filed a protective order against him, alleging physical, verbal and emotional abuse, and he entered Sydney’s Northside West Clinic for treatment.

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.

Matthew's marriage to his long-term girlfriend Catherine was confirmed during a speech at his father's state funeral in Melbourne. Matthew and his late father Bert Newton are pictured

Matthew’s marriage to his long-term girlfriend Catherine was confirmed during a speech at his father’s state funeral in Melbourne. Matthew and his late father Bert Newton are pictured

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

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

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Bert died on October 30 last year at the age of 83 after a highly publicised battle with illness. Pictured is his wife Patti Newton at Bert's funeral with daughter Lauren (centre) in November

Bert died on October 30 last year at the age of 83 after a highly publicised battle with illness. Pictured is his wife Patti Newton at Bert’s funeral with daughter Lauren (centre) in November

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