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Survivor star Shonee Bowtell welcomes first child

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The undisputed queen of Australian Survivor, Shonee Bowtell, has given birth to her first child.

WATCH NOW: Survivor’s Shonee spills on her lucky red dress. Article continues after video. 

The 33-year-old Survivor star first shared the happy news with her almost 75,000 Instagram followers in July 2023. She captioned a photo of her baby bump, standing alongside boyfriend Matt Jamieson, with “Mum and dad.”

Shonee only revealed that she was no longer single, and was dating Matt, a mere ten weeks before the pregnancy announcement, “hard launching” her new relationship with the knowledge she was now expecting a bub. 

In a post of his own Matt captioned the same photos of him posing with Shonee with “Bun in the oven.”

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A lil cherub. (Credit: Instagram)

Sharing a family photo on her Instagram on Christmas Day, Shonee simply captioned the post “VALLY” – presumably referring to the name she had given her newborn baby.

Then on New Years Eve, Shonee shared a carousel of images of herself with her newborn baby.

Fans were excited to see the reality television star begin this new chapter in her life, just like her many friends and fellow Survivor stars who jumped into the comments section when she first shared her happy news. 

“YEEEEWWWWW,” Survivor ‘villain’ and new dad Jordie Hansen wrote. 

“FINALLY!!! I’ve been waiting too long for this announcement moment. Yay,” said Brooke Jowett. 

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Glowing! (Credit: Instagram)

“This is gonna be one smokin’ baby! Congrats you two!!” 2021 Brains vs Brawns winner Hayley Leake chimed in. 

“No wayyyy! Congrats,” fellow villain Simon Mee added. 

Also sharing in their congratulatory messages were Shonee’s Survivor besties Fenella McGowan who wrote that it was the “most exciting news ever” and 2023 Heroes vs Villains winner Liz Parnov.

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Shonee only “hard launched” her relationship with Matt ten weeks ago. (Credit: Instagram)

Shonee first appeared on Champions vs Contenders in 2018 where she placed fourth. 

She then returned to play in the 2020 All-Stars season where she placed seventh, before performing a third time in 2023’s Heroes vs Villains where she finished the game in ninth place after being blindslided by fellow villain and ‘ally’ King George Mladenov. 

So far, Shonee is the only Australian Survivor player to be brought back for three seasons. 

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Mum and dad. (Credit: Instagram)

The new mother was previously married to pro skateboarder Benny Fairfax whom she began dating in 2012.

In November 2021, Shonee divorced her husband citing “irreconcilable differences.”

Not much is known about her new partner Matt, or when his relationship with Shonee commenced. 

What we do know however is that he runs his own rendering business – Render X – based in Queensland. 

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