Julia Matthews, one half of the successful sisters’ health guru business, Julia & Libby, has broken up with long-term boyfriend, former Warrior Lewis Brown.
The pair were together for five years, four of which were spent in Sydney, where Brown plays for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. Four weeks ago the pair was holidaying in Hawaii and Matthews told Spy they had broken up by the time they left the islands. She wouldn’t comment further on reasons for the split.
Three weeks ago she moved home to Auckland and has not looked back — even though she had to leave her beloved pooches Rosie and Brock behind, as they were too old to move.
“I am so happy to be home, the summer holidays have been fantastic. I have had a ball and really let my hair down,” she said.
The gorgeous 30-year-old lifestyle guru has been hanging out with good friends, media personality Jay Reeve and his wife, fashionista Anna at Papamoa, and former Bachelorette Chrystal Chenery and her real estate beau, Ricky Cave, in Pauanui, where Matthews engaged in some extreme yoga with Chenery on the beach. NZME’s Laura McGoldrick and husband Blackcap Martin Guptill have also been supporting her.
“I am very much single and very ready to mingle. I am also a proud auntie.”
Meanwhile. sister Libby has a newborn daughter Maxwell with All White star Michael Boxall. The pair has moved to South Africa, where Boxall plays for the premier league.
“Our business is based in New Zealand. With Libby now overseas, I can’t think of a better time to have moved home and move on.”
Anna Reeve and Julia Matthews.
Julia & Libby will follow up the launch of their first cookbook last year, with a specialised food line, and with the birth of Maxwell, expect them to also have focus on children’s products over the next wee while.
Back in Auckland, Julia is staying with the Reeves, taking Anna on extreme exercise regimes, looking after the pair’s twin boys and — to show she is really back on the market — this week she had some waist-length hair extensions added to her honey blonde locks.