Patti’s fears over MATTHEW’S PUB­LIC MELT­DOWN

With her trou­bled son’s strange be­hav­iour, the New­ton ma­tri­arch can’t help but worry about his wel­fare

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Patti New­ton couldn’t have been more proud of her son when she told the world she’d “never known Matthew to be hap­pier” last month. But as pho­tos emerged of the trou­bled ac­tor flee­ing a New York med­i­cal fa­cil­ity last week, friends say his dot­ing mum has been thrown into a world of tur­moil amid fears he could be spi­ralling out of con­trol again.

In a very er­ratic dis­play, the 40-year-old son of Bert, 79, and Patti, 72 – who has been di­ag­nosed with bipo­lar dis­or­der and ob­ses­sive com­pul­sive dis­or­der – seemed des­per­ate to put some space be­tween him­self and the clinic as he dodged traf­fic and sprinted down the street.

Matthew’s trou­bling dis­play comes as sources say he’s been rid­ing high af­ter the suc­cess of his new film Who We Are Now, star­ring Emma Roberts and Ja­son Biggs. Now, friends say Patti is won­der­ing if the pres­sure to suc­ceed and im­mers­ing him­self in the cut-throat Hollywood film in­dus­try has be­come all too much for Matthew.

To make mat­ters worse, it looks like there may be ten­sions in his mar­riage to Cather­ine Sch­nei­der­man. Just a day af­ter Matthew was pic­tured be­hav­ing bizarrely, Cather­ine – whose fa­ther Eric is At­tor­ney Gen­eral of New York – was spot­ted look­ing trou­bled while out in New York.

Far from a new­ly­wed in love, the 24-year-old so­cialite – who ap­peared to have a red mark on her face (pic­tured right) and is thought to be preg­nant – looked wor­ried as she took a phone call.

Patti has al­ways stood by her son, even when two of his for­mer part­ners, Brooke Satch­well and Rachael Tay­lor, ac­cused him of as­sault­ing them and he spent time in a re­hab fa­cil­ity. He was later cleared of crim­i­nal charges.

Friends say Patti is de­ter­mined to put on a brave face this time around, too. But be­hind closed doors, she’s hop­ing that this lat­est out­burst is just a blip – and not a sign of any­thing more.

Matthew was seen sprint­ing away from a clinic – and his mum is wor­ried. An un­happy Cather­ine was spot­ted alone the next day.

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