Sunrise's Nat Barr on what she misses since COVID hit: 'Part of me'

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Sunrise host Natalie Barr has opened up about the one thing she’ll never take for granted again after the COVID-19 pandemic hit Australia.

The 53-year-old put pen to paper, writing a column for Stellar about her hometown of WA and holidaying as a child ‘down south’.

Photo: Instagram/ Natalie Barr
Photo: Instagram/ Natalie Barr

“I’ll never, ever take this amazing piece of Australia for granted. It’s part of me, of my history, and like so many delicious slices of WA, it’s a bit hidden from the rest of the country,” she wrote.

In the article, Natalie remembered her family packing up the car ahead of the hot and sticky five-hour drive when she was child.


Now, she says she misses bringing her kids, 19-year-old Lachlan and 16-year-old Hunter, on the same trip where they’ve “barbecued the garlic prawns just as Dad did every year, even 20 years after he passed away – because it was his recipe and his barbecue and we can never stop doing that”.

Due to the COVID outbreak in Sydney last Christmas, Natalie and her family were unable to make the trip to WA and their holiday was ruined.

Photo: Instagram/Natalie Barr
Photo: Instagram/Natalie Barr

Natalie Barr reveals she and Sam Armytage 'didn't really see each other outside the office'

It comes after Natalie posed for photos for The Australian Women’s Weekly with her boys earlier in June and opened up about her husband of 26 years, Andrew Thompson.

Natalie also spoke about taking over the hosting gig at Sunrise from Samantha Armytage, after being a newsreader on the show.

The 53-year-old revealed the pair struggled to form a friendship outside of work.

”We got along very well in the office, for sure," Nat told the publication.

“But the truth is we didn't really see each other outside the office. We had vastly different lives, I guess. We were in different places. She was hanging with her friends, and I was spending time with my family. So, yes, we were in different places.”

David Koch; Samantha Armytage, Natalie Barr and Chris Reason at the Logies
Natalie Barr and Samantha Armytage pose together at the Logies in 2017. Photo: Getty Images

Samantha Armytage's response to feud rumours

Since then, Samantha Armytage has taken to Twitter, in response to feud rumours between her and Natalie Barr, saying that her ex-colleague has always been desperate for the hosting gig.

The former Sunrise host said that her ex-colleague has always been desperate for the hosting gig.

“Look, I’m out,” Sam began her tweet.

“Nat’s wanted the job forever and she’s finally got it. She just needs to get on and enjoy it and forget about me (even though I’m unforgettable).”

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