AFL star Barry Hall and Lauren Brant have revealed they are secretly married and are expecting their third child during an emotional interview on A Current Affair.
The Sydney Swans legend, 44, and the Hi-5 star, 32, became visibly emotional as they confirmed they had tied the knot back in February, with the wedding taking place so that her terminally ill sister-in-law, Sandra, could attend.
Sandra, who was 41, was able to be Lauren’s maid of honour during the ceremony – which happened just two weeks before her tragic death on March 4 following her second battle with stage four bowel cancer.
Emotional: Retired AFL legend Barry Hall and Lauren Brant have revealed they are secretly married and are expecting their third child during an emotional interview on A Current Affair. Pictured: Barry proposing to Lauren in hospital beside her terminally ill sister-in-law, Sandra
In heartbreaking scenes which aired on Monday, Lauren was seen speaking to Sandra in her hospital bed after it became clear she would not win her fight with the disease.
Lauren said: ‘Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed about getting married and there were three things I knew for certain – there would be me, my mum, and my sister as my maid of honour. So… will you be my maid of honour?’
Sandra, who was married to Lauren’s brother Tyron Brant, excitedly replied: ‘are you kidding me?’, before discovering the couple were set to elope within 24 hours with her by their side.
‘Will you be my maid of honour?’ In heartbreaking scenes which aired on Monday, Lauren was seen speaking to her sister-in-law as she lay in her hospital bed – after it became apparent that she would not win her fight with stage four cancer
Bittersweet: Sandra was able to be Lauren’s maid of honour at the wedding – which took place two weeks before her tragic death on March 4
Love: Barry and Lauren eloped within 24 hours of the engagement, in a simple sunflower field surrounded by their family
The show then cut to a clip of Barry proposing to his bride-to-be beside Sandra’s bed, where he said: ‘…instead of being partners in love, I think we should be husband and wife. Will you marry me?’
After a resounding yes, the family then headed off to the picturesque setting where Barry and Lauren legally tied the knot.
‘She was too weak to even walk, so [her husband Tyron Brant] had to carry her and stuff,’ Barry recalled in the interview through tears.
‘No matter what pain level she was in, she… it was pretty inspiring,’
Another one on the way: Barry and Lauren also confirmed they’re expecting their third child, a baby boy. They are already proud parents to sons Houston, two, and Miller, four (pictured)
Sandra tragically died two weeks after the pair’s wedding.
But before her death, she learned the incredible news that she had another nephew on the way to join Barry and Lauren’s two sons Houston, two, and Miller, four.
‘She said she’ll say hi to him, and have a word with him and make sure he’s a good boy for mummy and daddy,’ Lauren emotionally added.
Devastating: Sandra (centre) was married to Lauren’s brother Tyson and the pair shared two children together; Connor and Allegra (pictured)
Prior to the emotional episode airing, Lauren urged her Instagram followers to trust their gut and see a doctor if they notice any unusual physical changes.
‘The symptoms are NOT obvious… They can be a persistent “niggle” that takes your life,’ she wrote.
‘If you are fighting cancer, survived cancer or know someone who’s life it took, please SHARE THE SYMPTOMS below to help spread the awareness.
‘Friends – no matter how minor your symptom is, get a second opinion, get all the tests – do not feel embarrassed or “over the top”! It’s your health, your body to look after.’
Emotional: Prior to the episode airing, Lauren urged her Instagram followers to trust their gut and see a doctor if they notice any unusual physical changes
Broken: Barry couldn’t hold back the tears as the pair discussed their loss in front of the nation
She continued: ‘Our beautiful Sandy had pain in her stomach for over a year. Her GP and other specialists diagnosed and treated her for: cramps, IBS and muscle issues. It was bowel cancer all along.’
‘When the unknown cancer spread to her hip bone, it was misdiagnosed as GERD [gastroesophageal reflux disease] and hip issues due to her running training.
‘Sandy was 38 with no history of cancer in her family. If she had been aware that bowel cancer affects young people, or knew of someone’s story, she may have done a test and may have been able to beat it and survive.
‘But it was detected too late for our darling Sandy, and left too long untreated. Awareness could have saved Sandy’s life.’
Tragic: Sandra died from bowel cancer on March 4. She was 41