A few weeks ago our very talented + cool production team made a short for Channel 4 about Matt Myles, a lad from Hereford whose life changed forever when he scooped a cool £1 million in the lottery. With his new found fortune, he travelled the world, bought some nice tat, and perhaps most importantly, served as a valued contributor to this film:
As you can see, Matt seems like a pretty sound bloke, and we're sure he'd buy us a pint if we ever went on a round-the-globe trip with him.
Even so, the world of digital telly can be a cruel one, and if we're being honest, most of us here at Don't Panic thought we'd seen the last of Matt. That may sound cruel, but business is business. Until we stumbled across a Daily Mail article featuring Matt. Now you'd be forgiven for thinking Matt's appearance in the Mail Online was the result of some egregious act on a night out, but in reality, it was for something much more serious.
Three weeks before he won the lottery, he split with his girlfriend of ten months Carla Chamberlain. Following his win, he jetted off round the world with a group of mates. When he returned, Carla thought they should give their relationship another chance. So they did. Unfortunately for Matt, Carla was soon abusing him on a regular basis, most notably when he received a Snapchat from a female friend. "Carla said, “Why the **** are you getting pictures from her? I bet she sends you more than that. She’d just had huge, acrylic glittery nails done and she scratched my face. I told her to get off and then she punched me in the face."
Speaking to the Mail, Matt said: "Domestic violence against men is still very much taboo or perceived as a joke but it’s no laughing matter for the victim." Miss Chamberlain was fined £650 plus costs after being convicted of two common assaults and criminal damage in the attack on Matt.
Matt wanted to share his story to raise awareness of an issue that many men are often too embarrassed to speak up about. He is currently dating someone else.
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