Bachelor parents Matty J and Laura Byrne are slammed for letting their daughter Marlie Mae, one, chase a brush turkey in Byron… and hit back with a hilarious response
Bachelor couple Matthew ‘Matty J’ Johnson and Laura Byrne are known for sharing relatable parenting posts with fans on social media.
And while their adorable, funny and refreshingly honest uploads are usually praised, a video from the family’s recent trip to Byron Bay divided opinions on Monday.
Doting father Matty J was slammed by angry followers for letting daughter Marlie Mae, one, chase a brush turkey along the beach.
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Bachelor Matty J hit back at parent-shaming trolls after he and Laura Byrne were slammed for letting their daughter chase a brush turkey in Byron Bay on Monday
Matty J and Laura were on holiday in the trendy coastal town with their two girls: Marlie-Mae and Lola Ellis.
‘Byron.. where even the brushturkeys are fed up of the Sydney blow-ins,’ Matty J comically captioned the video of the bird running away from his playful child.
One fan shamed the parents for not ‘educating Marlie-Mae about respecting wildlife’ or telling the little girl to ‘look but don’t touch’.
‘Why did you let her keep chasing it?… Generally love your content but I must admit this disappointed me, sorry,’ they wrote in part.
Matty J chose to hit back with a hilariously sarcastic response that was praised by fans, writing: ‘Agree – she’s an absolute maniac and the quicker she’s removed from the community the better!’
Fun in the sun? Doting father Matty J was slammed by some angry followers for letting daughter Marlie Mae, one, chase a brush turkey along the beach in Byron Bay
‘She’s an absolute maniac’: Matty J chose to hit back at critics and parent-shaming trolls with a hilariously sarcastic response that was praised by many of his fans
Support: Many fans backed up Matty J by saying it was clear Marlie was ‘innocently playing’ and seemed like a ‘happy camper’
The former marketing manager was faced with more criticism, with several followers commenting that it was bothersome to see children chasing and annoying animals.
Many fans backed Matty J by saying it was clear Marlie was ‘innocently playing’ and seemed like a ‘happy camper’.
When fans raised concerns of what Marlie would have done if she caught the bird, Matty J joked: ‘That’ll be lunch sorted.’
Quick-witted! When fans raised concerns of what Marlie Mae would have done if she caught the bird, Matty J joked: ‘That’ll be lunch sorted’
Laura and Matty J met on The Bachelor in 2017.
In April 2019, Matty J proposed to a then-pregnant Laura on their luxury babymoon vacation in Fiji. Less than two months later, Laura birth to their first daughter, Marlie Mae, in June 2019.
Laura and Matty J welcomed their second child, daughter Lola Ellis, in February 2021.
The reality TV lovebirds told their Instagram followers in April that they plan to get married later this year.
Family life: Laura and Matty J, who met on The Bachelor in 2017, now share two children and are planning to tie the knot later this year