It is being reported famed Hollywood actor and producer Matt Damon is leaving the United States and will be moving to Australia because he disagrees with President Trump.
Damon reportedly mentioned wanting a safer place to raise his four children with his wife, Luciana Barroso.
Per Page Six:
A source exclusively tells Page Six: “Matt’s telling friends and colleagues in Hollywood that he’s moving the family to Australia” because the activist actor disagrees with Trump’s policies. The president’s frequently butted heads with liberal Hollywood A-listers including Meryl Streep. The source added, “Matt’s saying the move will not impact his work — as he will travel to wherever his projects are shooting. He’s also telling friends he wants to have a safe place to raise his kids.”
Perhaps Damon’s also allowing some of the controversy to die down after he had to publicly apologize for insensitive comments he made about the wave of sexual assault allegations shaking Hollywood. He said on an ABC movie show that the #MeToo allegations should be judged on a “spectrum of behavior.” But he then told NBC’s “Today” of the remark, “I really wish I’d listened a lot more before I weighed in on this. Ultimately, what it is for me is that I don’t want to further anybody’s pain with anything that I do or say. And so for that I’m really sorry.” Damon and best bud Ben Affleck‘s production company this week said it would adopt “inclusion riders” in stars’ contracts, after Frances McDormand spurred the trend from the stage at the Oscars.
Boston reports Damon’s publicist, Jennifer Allen, denied the claims and said the couple has neither bought a house in Australia, nor will they be moving there.
“Matt has visited Australia several times recently,” Allen said, per Boston, “but he has not bought a house there nor is he moving there.”
Washington Examiner reports Damon previously expressed criticism over Trump regarding the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia:
The actor spoke out against Trump in September for the president’s response to Charlottesville, Va.
“To see these young, aggrieved, white boys walking with their torches and screaming ‘Jews will not replace us!’ It was just shocking. Then the night that the President [made his] ‘many sides’ comment was absolutely abhorrent,” Damon said.
EXCLUSIVE: Matt Damon is moving his family to Australia in part because he’s fed up with Trump https://t.co/k8R3bhPooA
— New York Post (@nypost) March 15, 2018
Here’s what some people are saying:
Australia has a 45% tax rate for incomes over $180k. Wonder if he’ll house his income there too??
Gonna go out on a limb and say no. https://t.co/sSFHUrpVk4
— Meech (@michi83) March 15, 2018
Matt Damon and family moving to Australia because of Trump. #WINNING 😂
— Lori Hendry (@Lrihendry) March 15, 2018
The notion that Trump has made America ‘unsafe’ for Matt Damon’s family is the funniest thing I’ve heard in ages. He could move back to any major coastal city and be surrounded by vehement Trump-haters.https://t.co/WzSltpT9Dd
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) March 15, 2018
This spineless profiteer Matt Damon made millions with Harvey Weinstein and stayed silent through all of his sexual assaults.
Now he says he’s moving to Australia because of Trump? Good riddance! Bring your pal Harvey Weinstein with you! pic.twitter.com/RDlkufQsUG
— Mike Tokes (@MikeTokes) March 15, 2018
Hopefully more celebrities take the Matt Damon challenge and move out of the US just to show Trump 🙄🙂
— PinkAboutIt 🇺🇸 (@Pink_About_it) March 15, 2018
Now that Matt Damon is leaving – (thanks to President Trump) we oughta remind every other liberal celebrity who promised to leave – to keep their word. See…it is possible!
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) March 15, 2018
— Angelee_King (@Angelee_King) March 15, 2018
Bless his heart
— George Finley (@GeorgeFin) March 15, 2018
— brian connolly (@_BrianConnolly) March 15, 2018
If Trump manages to cause all of Hollywood to leave the US, he will go down as the greatest president in history.
— M0ser (@TM0s41) March 15, 2018
I think the Republic will endure, even if #MattDamon leaves
— Liz Peek (@lizpeek) March 15, 2018
Oh, that poor baby. Life must be rough
— Frank Charles 411 (@JustinTylerMann) March 15, 2018