Matt Baker opens up about the "difficulties" of work-life balance

Naomi Gordon
·2-min read
Photo credit: David M. Benett
Photo credit: David M. Benett

From Prima

Matt Baker has spoken candidly about balancing his home-life with work, as a farmer, TV presenter and father of two young children.

The Countryfile host discussed spending more time with his family as he gave up his role of president of the National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs.

"I'm sorry. I can't get out there and see you because I'm so busy," he told The Farmers Guardian. "I don't want to play the old family card but I'm sure all the families will know I've got young children."

He continued: "When I'm not at work I'm trying to see them. It gets very difficult."

Matt previously stepped down from co-hosting The One Show last year to spend more time on his farm in his home county of Hertfordshire with wife Nicola Mooney and their two children, Luke and Molly.

He and Nicola own livestock, and he's a renowned animal lover and farmer, regularly sharing updates from life on his farm, showing how his lovely animals, dogs and family all work together.

Speaking at the time, Matt explained: "I'm continuing with Countryfile and BBC Sport and excited about other opportunities that come my way but most of all I’m looking forward to having dinner with my family and being able to put my kids to bed."

Matt recently shared a photo of his new addition to his family - a "cheeky" Cairn Terrier named Fergus. He also posted a picture of his gorgeous shetland pony Beano after unveiling his new summer coat.

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