Contentious couple Barnaby Joyce and his secret lover Vikki Campion are looking to put their controversies behind them.
The former Deputy Prime Minister was spotted with Ms Campion at their son’s christening on Sunday morning.
With Mr Joyce beaming and Ms Campion lovingly holding their son Sebastian out the front of Saints Mary & Joseph Catholic Cathedral in the northern NSW town of Armidale, an outsider would think they were the perfect couple.
But the missing piece to the puzzle was Mr Joyce’s daughters, who were not in attendance for their stepbrother’s big day.
Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion have held their son, Sebastian’s, christening on Sunday
Sebastian (pictured) was born in April, only two months after Mr Joyce’s affair become public
Mr Joyce and his daughters have had a rocky relationship since the ex-National Party leader’s highly-publicised affair tore his family apart.
The Joyce girls, Bridgette, 21, Julia, 20, Caroline, 18, and Odette, 15, were reportedly ‘disgusted’ by his $150,000 tell-all television interview with Ms Campion in June.
But, before Sunday morning, their relationships appeared to be on the mend, with Mr Joyce and two of his four daughters seen at a Canberra steakhouse grabbing a bite to eat last week, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Sebastian was born on April 16 after the couple’s relationship went public in February, but have tried to keep their son out of the public eye since.
Ms Campion left Mr Joyce’s office in April, just before Sebastian’s birth, to work for northern Australian minister Matt Canavan
Barnaby Joyce was spotted at dinner with two of his daughters last week, ahead of his son Sebastian’s (pictured with mother Vikki Campion) christening on Sunday
In April, Mr Joyce has said there were ‘peculiar circumstances’ surrounding the birth of his son, but his main focus is now being the ‘best dad’ he can be.
Following the affair, ex-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull introduced a ban on MPs having romantic or sexual relationships with their staffers.
When news of the affair with his former press secretary broke in February Mr Joyce lost his cabinet position and stepped down as leader of the Nationals.
Ms Campion left Mr Joyce’s office in April to work for northern Australian minister Matt Canavan.
The telling interview with the Seven Network earlier this year saw Mr Joyce and Ms Campion talk openly about their newborn son Sebastian, affair, abortion pressures and relationship struggles.
The interview reportedly created a further rift within the family that was torn apart over the affair.
Barnaby was spotted last week dining with two of his daughters sparking rumours they may be attending the christening but their absence from today’s festivites doesn’t bode well for the former Deputy Prime Minister.
Barnaby Joyce appeared to be mending his rocky relationship with his daughters before the christening for his son Sebastian (pictured with mum Vikki Campion and son Sebastian)
Mr Joyce has said there were ‘peculiar circumstances’ surrounding the birth of his son, but his main focus is now being the ‘best dad’ he can be
Mr Joyce admitted to ‘living a lie’ by continuing his public relationship with his wife while secretly being involved with Ms Campion (Barnaby Joyce is pictured with his estranged wife Natalie, and their four daughters in 2015)
The much-talked about baby, who was born on April 16, weighing 3.8kg, will be christened in Armidale.
Mr Joyce’s daughters have remained silent over the dispute but Mr Joyce has said he expects it will take a long time to repair his relationship with his daughters.
His estranged wife Natalie Joyce told The Guardian in February the affair had been devastating on many fronts for the family.
‘For my girls, who are affected by the family breakdown, and for me as a wife of 24 years, who placed my own career on hold to support Barnaby through his political life.’
‘I’m going to try and do the very best job I possibly can and make sure that Seb has the very best dad he can possibly get,’ Mr Joyce said
‘Naturally we also feel deceived and hurt by the actions of Barnaby and the staff member involved,’ she said.
Mr Joyce was labelled a hypocrite by Greens MP Adam Bandt for opposing equal marriage on the basis of family values.
‘I’m no fan of Barnaby, and he’s a hypocrite for opposing equal marriage on the basis of family values and putting the LGBTI community through the wringer while leading a different life himself, but this isn’t about him, it’s about her,’ he has said.