Samantha Armytage shares an exciting family announcement


Samantha Armytage ushered in 2021 by marrying Richard Lavender in an intimate ceremony.

And on Thursday, the former Sunrise host shared an exciting announcement with her social media followers just shy of the couple celebrating one year of matrimonial bliss.

‘Meet out newest family member,’ Sam, 45, proudly gushed alongside a photo of a newly born foal shared to Instagram. 

Something to smile about: Former Sunrise host Samantha Armytage (pictured) shared an exciting family announcement with her legion of fans on Thursday evening

Something to smile about: Former Sunrise host Samantha Armytage (pictured) shared an exciting family announcement with her legion of fans on Thursday evening

‘A gorgeous little filly born this morning to Doncella (& Capitalist),’ she continued. 

Sam proudly stamped the image ‘hello gorgeous’ before sharing another picture of her businessman husband tenderly gazing at the newborn.

‘It’s really tiring being born,’ Sam captioned the adorable frame, adding a crying and love heart eyes emoji.

Sam’s welcome addition to the family follows the announcement she will be returning to television screens in the New Year as a guest judge on Channel Seven’s ratings hit, Farmer Wants A Wife.

Giddy-up: 'Meet out newest family member,' Sam, 45, proudly gushed alongside a photo of a newly born foal, sharing the image to Instagram

Giddy-up: ‘Meet out newest family member,’ Sam, 45, proudly gushed alongside a photo of a newly born foal, sharing the image to Instagram

Love at first sight: Sam proudly stamped the image 'hello gorgeous' before sharing another image of her businessman husband tenderly gazing at the newborn

Love at first sight: Sam proudly stamped the image ‘hello gorgeous’ before sharing another image of her businessman husband tenderly gazing at the newborn

The veteran broadcast journalist will assist with the matchmaking process alongside host Natalie Gruzlewski.

‘I’ve always been a huge fan of the show and of country people, and I know first-hand that falling in love with a farmer is just about the most wonderful thing you can do,’ said Sam in a media statement. 

Her guest role will involve hosting a segment called Sam’s Choice, where she introduces the farmers to a ‘new lady based on her own expertise and experience’. 

Career move: Sam's welcome addition to her family follows the announcement she will be returning to television screens in the New Year as a guest judge on Channel Seven's ratings hit, Farmer Wants A Wife. Pictured with husband Richard Lavender

Career move: Sam’s welcome addition to her family follows the announcement she will be returning to television screens in the New Year as a guest judge on Channel Seven’s ratings hit, Farmer Wants A Wife. Pictured with husband Richard Lavender

Seven’s Director of Programming, Angus Ross, said the network was ‘thrilled to welcome Sam back to our screens’. 

‘Farmer Wants a Wife has been such a hit with audiences because of its heart and Natalie’s earnest mission to help farmers find the love of their lives,’ Mr Ross said. 

‘Given Sam’s new life on the farm, she’s in the perfect position to share a snapshot of what farm life could look like for the ladies.’ 

Partnership: Sam, who married wealthy farmer Richard late last year, will assist with the matchmaking process alongside host Natalie Gruzlewski (pictured)

Partnership: Sam, who married wealthy farmer Richard late last year, will assist with the matchmaking process alongside host Natalie Gruzlewski (pictured) 

Expertise: A trailer for next year's season of FWAW introduces Sam as someone 'who knows a thing or two' about finding love with a farmer

Expertise: A trailer for next year’s season of FWAW introduces Sam as someone ‘who knows a thing or two’ about finding love with a farmer

A trailer for next year’s season of FWAW introduces Sam as someone ‘who knows a thing or two’ about finding love with a farmer.

‘I really want to help find the right woman for each of our farmers,’ she says, while standing in a paddock wearing a cowboy hat.

‘I won’t hold back because this is love. This is for the rest of their lives. I really want to help a farmer find a wife. Have you all met Rich?’

Richard then walks on screen and says, ‘Every farmer needs love,’ to which Sam replies giddily: ‘That’s lovely, darling!’ 

Fancy seeing you here! 'I really want to help a farmer find a wife. Have you all met Rich?' she says as her husband walks on screen

Fancy seeing you here! ‘I really want to help a farmer find a wife. Have you all met Rich?’ she says as her husband walks on screen

Their story: Sam married equestrian businessman Richard, 60, at his country estate in the NSW Southern Highlands on New Year's Eve

Their story: Sam married equestrian businessman Richard, 60, at his country estate in the NSW Southern Highlands on New Year’s Eve

Sam married the equestrian businessman, 60, at his country estate in the NSW Southern Highlands on New Year’s Eve.

They had announced their engagement in June last year.

Sam went on to quit Sunrise in March and has now moved away from Sydney to live with Richard at his 40-hectare rural property. 

The new season of Farmer Wants a Wife premieres on Seven in 2022

Quiet life: Sam quit Sunrise in March and now lives with Richard at his rural property in Bowral

Quiet life: Sam quit Sunrise in March and now lives with Richard at his rural property in Bowral 

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