Sunrise's Matt Doran taking mental health break after Adele interview disaster

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Weekend Sunrise host Matt Doran is reportedly taking a break to focus on his mental health following his disastrous Adele interview last year.

The reporter travelled to London to film what was to be Adele’s only Australian TV interview, to promote her first album in six years, 30. While it was reported at the time that the singer 'stormed out' after the chat, Doran insists that was not the case.

Sunrise host Matt Doran in London for his Adele interview
Sunrise host Matt Doran is taking a break to focus on his mental health after his disaster Adele interview last November. Photo: Instagram/Matt Doran

Matt reportedly didn't ask any questions about the new album during the lengthy chat with Adele asking him, "What do you think of my album?" to which he reportedly replied: "I haven’t listened to it."

At the time, he was suspended for two weeks after Sony refused to allow Seven to air the interview as part of its $1million package that also included broadcast rights to Adele's One Night Only concert and her sit-down with Oprah Winfrey.


Now, the Sunday Telegraph reports that the host has checked into a mental health rehabilitation facility and is expected to take a few weeks off work.

Family sources shared that the pressure of looking after his ill mother and the scandal surrounding the Adele interview left him at "breaking point".

"He is battling severe and chronic depression," the source told the publication.

The reporter lives with his mum and is also her carer as she battles a rare disease.

Matt Doran on Weekend Sunrise
Matt apologised to Adele and her fans live on Weekend Sunrise. Photo: Seven

Following the headlines surrounding his Adele interview, Matt is said to be in a "terrible headspace".

The reporter issued an apology on Weekend Sunrise, sharing a two-and-a-half-minute monologue to camera, apologising for the "terrible mistake".

"This is a story that has sparked a torrent of abuse and mockery from around the world," he began.

"And if I'm being honest with you, the bulk of this savaging I deserve and I totally own. I flew to London to interview Adele, an unspeakable privilege and what was to be one of the highlights of my career.

"I made the terrible mistake of assuming we weren't to be given a preview copy of this album because our interview was airing before it was released and Adele's album was the industry's most prized secret."

Matt went on to make a point of saying that he received an email from Sony the day after he arrived in the UK.

Adele performs
Adele reportedly walked out of the interview after Matt told her he hadn't listened to the album. Photo: Getty

In the email was a preview link to listen to the star's as-yet-unreleased album, 30, but Matt said he didn't see it in his inbox.

"[The email] didn't mention Adele but it did contain a link to her album. The genuine, dead-set hand-on-heart truth is that I missed it, by an absurdly long margin, the most important email I've ever missed in my life," he admitted.

Matt detailed the wide-ranging conversation he had with Adele which touched on everything from her new music, fame, her divorce and her relationship with her late father.

"Throughout the 29 minutes Adele was profound, she was funny, she was raw and then she was honest, honest enough to describe her depression as 'end of the world stuff'," Matt said.

"But all that doesn't matter, because by missing the album link, however I might try to justify it, I've insulted Adele. To Adele, I say, I would never have knowingly disrespected you by not listening to your work. I am so sorry.

"I also apologise to Adele's Australian fans and to you, our viewers, who through my error have been denied an insight into her character."

Mental health support for yourself or a loved one can be found by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or the Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800. Online support is available via Beyond Blue.

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