Meet Catherine Schneiderman – the American politician's daughter married to Matt Newton

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    Matthew Newton’s marriage to his long-time girlfriend Catherine Schneiderman was finally confirmed this month during a speech at his late father Bert’s funeral last week. 

    And while Catherine – like her reclusive husband – has avoided the spotlight for many years,  there is plenty of intrigue about the woman who stole Matthew’s heart.   

    The 28-year-old, who prefers to go by the name Cat, was born in America to parents Eric T. Schneiderman, a lawyer and politician, and Jennifer Cunningham, a political strategist. 

    Who is Catherine Schneiderman? Meet the American politician's daughter, 28, who swept troubled Matt Newton, 44, off his feet - despite her father's strict stance against domestic violence. Catherine (right) and Matthew (left) are pictured in upstate New York on 15 November

    Who is Catherine Schneiderman? Meet the American politician’s daughter, 28, who swept troubled Matt Newton, 44, off his feet – despite her father’s strict stance against domestic violence. Catherine (right) and Matthew (left) are pictured in upstate New York on 15 November 

    Her father is a member of the Democratic Party and served as the 65th Attorney General of New York from 2011 until his resignation in 2018.

    While little is known about Catherine’s occupation, she graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York with a Master of Science.  

    She started dating Matthew, now 44, in 2012 and the couple became engaged in October 2016.    

    Confirmed: Matthew's marriage to his girlfriend Catherine (pictured) was finally confirmed this month during a speech at his late father Bert's funeral

    Confirmed: Matthew’s marriage to his girlfriend Catherine (pictured) was finally confirmed this month during a speech at his late father Bert’s funeral 

    High-profile family: The 28-year-old, who prefers to go by the name Cat (left), was born in America to parents Eric T. Schneiderman (right), a former New York Attorney General, and Jennifer Cunningham, a political strategist.  Catherine is pictured with her father Eric at a Democratic Party convention in 2014

    High-profile family: The 28-year-old, who prefers to go by the name Cat (left), was born in America to parents Eric T. Schneiderman (right), a former New York Attorney General, and Jennifer Cunningham, a political strategist.  Catherine is pictured with her father Eric at a Democratic Party convention in 2014 

    Mother: Catherine (right) is pictured with her mother Jennifer Cunningham (left) at a Democratic Party convention in 2014. Jennifer and Catherine's father Eric are divorced

    Mother: Catherine (right) is pictured with her mother Jennifer Cunningham (left) at a Democratic Party convention in 2014. Jennifer and Catherine’s father Eric are divorced 

    Catherine’s blossoming romance with Matthew quickly raised eyebrows due to her father’s known stance against domestic violence. 

    Eric Schneiderman passed a bill in 2010 to increase the punishment handed to those involved in such crimes.

    ‘The time to criminalise this horrific form of abuse is now,’ he said at the time. 

    Catherine's (right) romance with Matthew quickly raised eyebrows, due to her father's known stance against domestic violence. Eric Schneiderman (left) passed a bill in 2010 to increase the punishment handed to those involved in such crimes. Catherine is pictured with Eric as he was being sworn in as the New York Attorney General in 2011

    Catherine’s (right) romance with Matthew quickly raised eyebrows, due to her father’s known stance against domestic violence. Eric Schneiderman (left) passed a bill in 2010 to increase the punishment handed to those involved in such crimes. Catherine is pictured with Eric as he was being sworn in as the New York Attorney General in 2011 

    In the spotlight: Matthew is pictured at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada in September 2017

    In the spotlight: Matthew is pictured at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada in September 2017

    Ex-file: Matthew was arrested in 2006 for allegedly physically assaulting ex-girlfriend Brooke Satchwell (left). He later pleaded guilty to 'common assault' in court. Pictured together in 2003

    Ex-file: Matthew was arrested in 2006 for allegedly physically assaulting ex-girlfriend Brooke Satchwell (left). He later pleaded guilty to ‘common assault’ in court. Pictured together in 2003 

    Former flame: In 2010, Matthew's then-girlfriend Rachael Taylor (left) filed a protective order against him, alleging physical, verbal and emotional abuse, and he entered Sydney's Northside West Clinic for treatment. Pictured together in 2009

    Former flame: In 2010, Matthew’s then-girlfriend Rachael Taylor (left) filed a protective order against him, alleging physical, verbal and emotional abuse, and he entered Sydney’s Northside West Clinic for treatment. Pictured together in 2009 

    ‘I am proud of the overwhelming bipartisan support for this legislation. It sends a strong message that we must do everything in our power to ensure that no one is immune from accountability for committing such a heinous crime.’ 

    In 2006, Matthew was convicted of assaulting his then-fiancée, actress Brooke Satchwell.

    In 2010, he announced his split from another fiancée, Transformers star Rachael Taylor, after two ‘violent and unprovoked’ attacks in Rome, which prompted her to take out an AVO against him.  

    Aware: New Idea magazine previously reported Catherine (pictured) was aware of Matthew's past but 'sees him as a misunderstood genius'

    Aware: New Idea magazine previously reported Catherine (pictured) was aware of Matthew’s past but ‘sees him as a misunderstood genius’

    Off-beat chic: Catherine's Facebook profile contains several photos of the brunette showcasing her quirky fashion style

    Off-beat chic: Catherine’s Facebook profile contains several photos of the brunette showcasing her quirky fashion style  

    Wedding bells: A family friend told New Idea in 2017 the couple had secretly married at the home of Catherine's mother in New York

    Wedding bells: A family friend told New Idea in 2017 the couple had secretly married at the home of Catherine’s mother in New York  

    He was also arrested twice in Miami, Florida in 2012 – the first for trespassing and resisting officers, while a second incident saw him charged with battery and resisting arrest after he attacked a hotel receptionist. 

    New Idea magazine previously reported Catherine was aware of Matthew’s past but ‘sees him as a misunderstood genius’. 

    A family friend told the publication in 2017 the couple had secretly married at the home of Catherine’s mother in New York.

    ‘[Matthew] rang his parents prior to the big day and invited them, but with Bert’s health being a little strained in recent months they decided a long-haul flight to New York might not be a great idea,’ the source said at the time.

    Partners: '[Matthew] rang his parents prior to the big day and invited them but with Bert's health being a little strained in recent months they decided a long-haul flight to New York might not be a great idea,' the source said at the time. Matthew's parents Patti and Bert are ictured at Woman's Day magazine's 60th anniversary party in Sydney in July 2008

    Partners: ‘[Matthew] rang his parents prior to the big day and invited them but with Bert’s health being a little strained in recent months they decided a long-haul flight to New York might not be a great idea,’ the source said at the time. Matthew’s parents Patti and Bert are ictured at Woman’s Day magazine’s 60th anniversary party in Sydney in July 2008

    ‘This is the best news ever for Bert and Patti… they’re just so happy for Matthew.’ 

    The insider added: ‘Matthew’s battled a lot of demons over the years, but he finally feels like he’s found his place in the world in New York with Cat.’ 

    Matthew is said to have completely given up on his home country and is happy living with Catherine in upstate New York.  

    ‘Because of his scandals over the years, he can’t face coming home to Australia,’ a source told Woman’s Day magazine. 

    ‘Matthew lives a private, almost reclusive life with his partner Catherine in New York now, where he is rarely bothered. He has no desire to reawaken old demons by returning to Australia,’ they added  

    Neither Matthew nor Catherine were present at his TV icon father Bert’s state Funeral on November 12. 

    Content: Matthew is said to have completely given up on his home country and is happy living with Catherine in upstate New York

    Content: Matthew is said to have completely given up on his home country and is happy living with Catherine in upstate New York 

    Meanwhile, during Bert’s memorial, the Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Werner Utri, referred to Catherine as Matthew’s wife.  

    ‘Good morning and welcome to the state funeral of Mr Bert Newton… I’d like to begin by acknowledging a number of people with us today,’ he said.  

    ‘First and foremost, Bert Newton’s wife Patti, his daughter Lauren, his son-in-law Matt and grandchildren.’

    Fr Utri added: ‘Unfortunately Bert’s son Matthew and his wife Catherine were unable to join us as they are in New York.’

    It is not known whether the couple have any children. 

    Low-key lifestyle: 'Matthew lives a private, almost reclusive life with his partner Catherine in New York now, where he is rarely bothered. He has no desire to reawaken old demons by returning to Australia,' they added

    Low-key lifestyle: ‘Matthew lives a private, almost reclusive life with his partner Catherine in New York now, where he is rarely bothered. He has no desire to reawaken old demons by returning to Australia,’ they added 

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