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Matt Baker faced family ‘difficulties’ before stepping down from role: 'The hardest thing'


Countryfile presenter Matt Baker, 43, has revealed he dealt with several “challenges” in trying to maintain a work-life balance as president of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC). The star, who left his role on The One Show behind last year in order to spend more time with his wife Nicola Baker and their two children, Luke and Molly, said he found it “difficult” to pursue to all of his commitments as president alongside staying present in his family life.

Matt was elected president of NFYFC in 2011, but went on to make the decision to step down from his role just two years later.

The former Blue Peter presenter admitted he found the position hard to keep up with while also keeping busy with his TV work, which included The One Show and Countryfile at the time.

“The challenges are trying to get to places and to see people and show my support,” Matt divulged in a recently unearthed interview.

He added: “Yes, I can have conversations with people wherever I go but I think the hardest thing has been knocking back all of the emails that have been coming in saying, ‘Will you come and see us?’

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Matt also cited his family life as the reason behind his departure from The One Show.

He said while announcing news of his exit on-air: “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.”

Elsewhere, Matt recently gave fans an insight into his marriage with wife Nicola in a sweet Instagram post.



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