star Barry Hall spoke at length for the first time about his difficult childhood in an emotionally charged interview with on Monday night.
But there were no tears for the retired premiership captain on Saturday as he picked up his wife Lauren Brant and their sons Miller, four, Houston, two, and Samson, five months, from Airport.
Barry, 45, couldn’t wipe the smile off his face as he kissed Lauren, 32, just days ahead of his boxing match against , which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday.
Family first: Former AFL star Barry Hall reunited with his wife Laurent Brant and their sons Miller, four, Houston, two, and Samson, five months, at Sydney Airport on Saturday. He is due to face off against Sonny Bill Williams in a boxing match on Wednesday night
Barry smiled as former Hi-5 star Lauren passed little Samson to him, lifting him up into the air before pulling him close to his chest for a cuddle.
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He also knelt down as his two older sons showed him something on his phone.
The SAS Australia star dressed casually in a red T-shirt, black shorts and a white baseball cap as he carried the luggage for the family.
Cute moment: Barry smiled as former Hi-5 star Lauren passed little Samson to him, lifting him up into the air before pulling him close to his chest for a cuddle
Fatherly love: Barry kissed his baby son on the cheek while Lauren beamed next to him
Daddy duties: Barry was seen watching over his young children as he waited for his wife
Gracious: The footy great was seen chatting to other passengers near the luggage carousel
Lauren wore a khaki dress and a wide-rimmed hat, and carried Samson in a wrap around her body after the family’s flight from Melbourne.
Barry, a Swans great with a reputation for striking opponents, will meet Sonny Bill Williams, 36, on March 23 in Sydney in a fight already tagged ‘the ‘.
Their fight is scheduled for 10 three-minute rounds at the Aware Super Theatre.
What’s that? He knelt down as his two older sons showed him something on his phone
Style: Lauren wore a khaki dress and a wide-rimmed hat, and carried Samson in a wrap around her body after the family’s flight from Melbourne
Animated: The couple appeared to have a brief chat after spending some time apart
It will also mark the launch of a new Australian pay-per-view events service on streaming platform Stan.
Viewers can watch the event live on for a one-off fee of $50.
The sighting comes after notorious hot-head Barry Hall said his violent on-field outbursts during his turbulent career were the result of his failed relationship with his father during his bombshell interview on A Current Affair.
Love: The couple married in secret in 2021 so Lauren’s late sister-in-law Sandra Brant, who was fighting her second battle with bowel cancer, could watch them tie the knot before her death
Photo time! Lauren then bent down to took a sweet picture of a sweet father and son moment
Laid-back: The SAS Australia star dressed casually in a red T-shirt, black shorts and a white baseball cap as he carried the luggage for the family
Turf war: Hall, a Swans great with a reputation for striking opponents, will meet Sonny Bill Williams, 36, on March 23 in Sydney in a fight already tagged ‘the turf war’ (Pictured: Williams, left, facing Hall at the Turf War fight launch)
The powerhouse full-forward, who played 289 games for St Kilda, the Swans and the Western Bulldogs, revealed on Monday he had ‘cut ties’ with his boxing-trainer dad, Ray.
‘He wasn’t a loving, emotional, supportive dad, I was always looking for his approval,’ he said.
Hall grew up in Broadford, north of Melbourne, where his dad wanted him to become a boxer, a sport Hall excelled in as a youngster – both in the ring and the schoolyard.
Bombshell interview: It comes after Hall (pictured with Lauren and sons Miller and Houston) spoke candidly about his tumultuous relationship with his father Ray on A Current Affair
Desperate for his father’s attention and approval growing up, Hall would pick fights in the playground so he could go home and tell his dad about his brawls.
‘The thing that I would do is have a fight at school and go home and brag about it because I knew he’d be happy about that, and he was rapt about it, you could see the smirk on his face,’ he said.
‘Like any young kid, all I wanted to do is impress dad.
‘It’s mind boggling now, as I sit here as a father and think that was OK, and I thought that was a way of approval from him, it’s bizarre.’
Hall took up boxing as a 14-year-old and would train with his dad after school where he would spar with grown men.
‘Bloody noses every night, there were some times there when I thought I just don’t know if I want to be here anymore,’ he said.
The pressure became too much and Hall decided enough was enough, and stopped boxing.
Past: Hall threatens Brisbane Lions player Chris Johnson during a match in August 2003. Hall’s aggressive nature on the field was a hallmark of his career
Career: Barry Hall of the Bulldogs celebrates scoring a goal during the round 18 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs in 2011
He turned his attention to Australian Rules footy, which led to a heartbreaking conversation with his father – and the start of their rocky relationship.
‘(My dad) didn’t speak to me for a long time after that. We’re talking years,’ he said.
Without any backing from his parents, Hall was selected to play for the Murray Bushrangers in Wangaratta when he was 16 before making his AFL debut for St Kilda in 1996.
He kicked 746 goals in his career and captained the Sydney Swans to their first premiership in 72 years in 2005.
But the association of violence and terbaik sumatera approval was hard to shake and remained with him for much of his career.
In the ring: Hall clips Paul Gallen with a clean left hand during their Code War boxing bout in Melbourne in November 2019
Clash: Hall clashes with Travis Gaspar of the West Coast Eagles during the Sydney Swans 2005 AFL Grand Final victory at the MCG
Row: Barry Hall wrestles Michael Martyn of North Melbourne during the pre season Ansett Cup Grand Final in 1998
His 16-season career was highly controversial, with his aggressive playing style rubbing off into several incidents on the field, including his brutal blindsided punch to Brent Staker in 2008.
Hall was suspended for seven games for belting Staker with a brutal left hook and copped another game on the sideline for an attempted strike at Collingwood’s Shane Wakelin in his second game back.
‘Some of the s*** I did on-field was ridiculous, but when I sit back now it was all about approval. I’d drive up home and [my dad would] have that little smirk – that was his approval,’ Hall said.
Hall was sacked from the Swans in 2009 after his conduct on the field led to a falling out with coach Paul Roos.
He signed with the Western Bulldogs for the final two seasons of his career, where he was treated for depression, before retiring in 2011.
Hall’s mental health and identity struggles only got worse in his retirement.
Family: Barry is pictured with his wife and three sons
He credits his wife Lauren with helping turn his life around.
The pair met on the reality show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in 2015.
They married in secret in 2021 so Lauren’s late sister-in-law Sandra Brant, who was fighting her second battle with bowel cancer, could watch them tie the knot before her death.
‘Lauren is an amazing mum, amazing wife. She has just helped me so much. We are all pretty lucky,’ he said during a recent episode of SAS Australia.
‘We’re a good team, in all of it, we’re definitely teammates.’
He is now determined to break the cycle with his own boys, and said he showers them in love.
Meet cute: Lauren and Barry first met on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2015 but didn’t start dating until much later
‘I probably give too much love to my boys. I dote over them… me and Lauren do. They’ve got so much love in this household and that’s how it should be,’ he said.
Hall believes his difficult childhood lead him to understand his anger issues later in life and how to take responsibility for his actions.
‘You don’t realise you’re in something until you’re out of it, once I got out of it and cut ties, no longer have a relationship I actually feel sorry for him (his dad), actually I felt sorry for him until I had my own children,’ he said.
‘I’m here for my boys, I’m fighting for my family, and it