The X Factor Ratings – A Good Start
The X Factor had a solid start in the ratings last night getting 1,186,000 for their first episode, but the real winner out of all this was the Bert and Patti interview about their son Matt Newton on A Current Affair.
The interview must have been hard to do, however they did reveal that Matt Newton has been having mental health issues since he was 14 years old.
Amanda Meade writes a good article in The Australian about it.
She says Patti revealed that Matt has had problems for awhile and is currently on suicide watch:
Last night his show business parents, Bert and Patti Newton, spoke about their son’s battle with anger and depression.
Bert sat largely silent beside Patti with tears in his eyes as she told how they had watched from the sidelines as their talented but troubled son had lurched from one catastrophe to another.
“He didn’t want us to be very much involved – there’s been a bit of that through his life – he loves us but he’s always wanted to do his own thing,” Patti said.
The Newtons believe their son has a mental illness rather than a problem with drug and alcohol misuse.
“He’s never really accepted the fact that he had an illness,” Patti said, describing how at 14 he had been told by a psychologist to “make sure you never do drugs or alcohol because you have the sort of personality where it will take over your life”.
“All that Bert and I can do is be very sorry for everything that he’s done to cause any hassle with anybody and also to try and get him the best help that he can have, so that maybe there’s something, a life, that he can still have.”
I think anyone who is a parent or knows what it is like to deal with mental illness must feel for Burt and Patti.