Television personality Lauren Brant and her ex-AFL footballer beau Barry Hall have had a bittersweet, but beautiful, 2021. The couple secretly married in February, just two weeks before Lauren’s sister-in-law passed away from cancer. And now the newlyweds have announced they’re expecting their third baby.
In a series of Instagram posts, Lauren detailed the heartbreak and pure joy the couple has experienced over the past few months. The pair tied the knot earlier this year, as their sister-in-law Sandra battled bowel cancer. “In amidst the twilight of heartache, hopelessness and suffering,” Lauren wrote on Instagram, “We found the purest joy, a transformational discovery. Barry and I married, completely engulfed in [nothing but] LOVE. A moment so true, time stood still – souls together, silently understanding that LOVE is transcendental.
“That it is all that matters and all we have. From this place – our marriage will be lead and cherished. May our Angel Sandra, rest in peace – as we always remember her joy in celebrating us – as the Maid of Honour.”
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The former Hi-5 star also revealed the universe bought them yet another gift. “We have always put faith in our stars aligning and surrendered to the timing of the universe. Welcoming the newest Master Hall, October 2021. The world needs more confident, kind, empathetic, beautiful men and we believe that’s why we have been blessed with a third to guide and love unconditionally.”
The new bub will be a little brother for two-year-old Houston and four-year-old Miller. Lauren says while the past few months have been difficult, she’s happy and excited about life, and will continue spreading awareness of bowel cancer.
“I believe by realising what good could come of Sandy’s suffering – that being ‘able to save the lives of others’ – making a point of spreading her message successfully and receiving so many well wishes for our marriage and pregnancy, was so beneficial in my healing process.
“This absolutely doesn’t mean my heart is not broken by the loss of my sister, or that some days will be terribly hard. It means I’ve truly understood the gift of life and what beauty I have all around me. Sandy will continue to teach us daily.
“I really can’t find the words to explain what it’s like when your loved one is dying in front of you, and you know that you nor anyone else, can do a thing to save them. With no hope – there was no sense of time, space or physicality. Nothing materialistic mattered, we merely functioned – but all in an extremely vulnerable and fragile state with our hearts right open and all our emotion on our sleeves.”
Lauren says it wasn’t a conscious decision to keep their marriage and pregnancy a secret. “Nothing was planned, it just happened in pure surrender. This was true to Barry and my story too. When our beautiful Sandy passed, it was onto the funeral and then our stagnant ‘new version of reality.’ From that day – we coped, in unfamiliar territory … and that was it!
“We had no desire to share anything – I felt that I was emotionally bankrupt and exhausted and couldn’t give or take from anyone other than my family. The family held each other. When Tyron (Lauren’s brother and Sandy’s husband) told us Sandy had asked him to share her message, via our personal story- we said yes without hesitation.
“Today, for the first time since Sandy passed, I feel how any newly-wed and pregnant Mumma should. It’s my absolute pleasure to now share with the world, our surreal (tragically perfect) love story.”