A message written by Matthew Newton will be read out at his father’s funeral after it was confirmed that he cannot attend the service.

The 44-year-old, who resides in New York, will reportedly pen a tribute to his dad, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 83.

Entertainment reporter Peter Ford revealed that the message will be part of Bert’s state funeral.

“Matthew, the son, is not going to be there. He’s not answerable to the media, he’s not answerable to the public, that’s his choice,” he told The Morning Show.

“What I can tell you is that there will be a message that will be read, that he will compose himself, that will be read at the funeral as will other messages be read obviously, but he will not be attending.”

Patti Newton confirmed that her son would not be returning to Melbourne for the funeral, and slammed recent reports that her husband was estranged from their son.

“There was no rift. He’s had many long conversations with Bert in the hospital and that was all fine,” she said.


She went onto explain that if it wasn’t for the COVID-19 pandemic, then Matthew would be attending the service.

“It’s just the logistics of it all, and with COVID, and with everything else,” she explained.

While Matthew wasn’t able to see his father regularly, he did have regular video chats with him.

“He [Matthew] had the best conversations [with Bert]. They’re both into movies and things, so they talked about old movies and I think the height of the conversation was about Glenn Ford because Bert was the only one that Glenn Ford would speak to and Matthew had heard the story and he wanted to hear it again,” she told Daily Mail.

“I’ve had so many conversations with him. We had a conversation last night and all the family were here. [The media] want to make it a rift, but there was no rift. There was never a rift with Bert”.

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