The Bachelor's Matty J and Laura Byrne call off family Christmas due to Covid

The Bachelor couple Laura Byrne and Matty 'J' Johnson are welcoming the festive season with an unwanted helping of bad news, with Laura learning she has Covid-19 the day before Christmas.

The Life Uncut podcast co-host took to Instagram on Friday afternoon to reveal that she'd found out she'd tested positive after driving six hours from Sydney to Coffs Harbour.

The Bachelor Australia couple Matty J and Laura Byrne reveal they have Covid on Instagram. Photo: Instagram/ladyandacat.
The Bachelor's Laura Byrne has been diagnosed with Covid on Christmas Eve. Photo: Instagram/ladyandacat.

Bachie star's Covid Christmas

While Matty J and their two young daughters, Marlie-Mae and Lola are still awaiting their test results Laura says that she's '100 percent sure' that their tests will come back positive, too.

The family of four was on their way to spend Christmas with Matty J's parents in Brisbane when they received the unfortunate news, meaning they had to drive home to Sydney's Eastern Suburbs to isolate.

"Guess who drove 6 hours in a car with 2 kids, a dog and Cocomelon on repeat only to find out that they have Covid... and then had to drive another 6 hours home?!!" Laura wrote on her Instagram Stories.

"We did!" she added. "Merry Christmas to everyone, except Omicron you piece of sh*t."

Despite their scuppered plans, both Laura and Matty J appeared to be in good spirits, with Laura explaining more details about her diagnosis with the "spicy cough" as she called it on her Stories.


The Bachelor Australia couple Matty J and Laura Byrne with their two young daughters. Photo: Instagram/ladyandacat.
Matty J and Laura share two young daughters, Marlie, 2, and 10-month-old Lola. Photo: Instagram/ladyandacat.

"So we were going to Brisbane to see Matt's family for Christmas [and] we got tested because you have to get tested to cross the Queensland border," she said.

"Matt, Marlie and Lola got their test results back and they were completely negative so we got in the car and drove to Coffs [Harbour]," she added.

When they arrived at Coffs [Harbour], however, they were informed that Laura had tested positive for Covid despite being 'symptom-free'.

She said that she feels 'completely fine' but had lost her sense of taste and smell earlier that day which was 'really weird'.

Laura added that she and Matty J are both fully vaccinated and are isolating for the 10-day period with two-year-old Marlie and Lola, 10 months in their two-bedroom apartment.

Cars queue at the St Vincent's Bondi Beach COVID-19 drive through testing clinic on December 17, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. New South Wales COVID-19 case numbers are on the increase across the state, with health authorities also reporting new cases of the Omicron variant. Despite rising COVID-19 numbers, coronavirus restrictions were eased further across NSW this week, including rules for unvaccinated people. Face masks are only required on public transport and in airports, or for indoor front-of-house hospitality staff who are not fully vaccinated. QR code check-ins are only required for high-risk venues including hospitals, aged and disability care facilities, gyms, places of worship, funerals, personal services, pubs and clubs and outdoor music festivals with over 1,000 people. Density limits have dropped for all settings, and restrictions are now uniform across the state regardless of a person's vaccination status. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
Massive queues were seen at a Bondi drive-thru testing clinic on December 17 as locals prepared for the Christmas break. Photo: Getty Images.

Both girls are 'pretty snotty' and have 'a little bit of a fever,' but Laura said but their symptoms are no worse than a normal bug that they often catch at daycare.

"It's a bit stressful," she said. "Obviously, you don't want your children to be sick, but so far, their sickness is no more than just a bit of weird daycare germs."

According to Laura, Matty J and their daughters have all been tested again and she's certain that they'll all end up having the virus.

"I'm 100 percent [sure] that their tests will come back positive," she said.

Laura admitted that she had 'no idea' where she might have contracted Covid but suspected that it may have been a visit to Bondi junction last week.

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