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Publicist for Matt Damon squashes rumor saying he was moving to Australia because of Trump

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The publicist for Matt Damon has responded to the rumor that his client was reportedly leaving the country because he didn't agree with President Donald Trump's policies.

"Matt has visited Australia several times recently, but he has not bought a house there nor is he moving there," Damon's publicist told Newsweek.

It was initially reported that Damon, 47, had purchased a property in Byron Bay, New South Wales in Australia, according to Syndey's Sunday Telegraph. That home reportedy just happened to be next door to fellow actor Chris Hemsworth, with whom Damon recently appeared in "Thor: Ragnarok."

In an article on pagesix.com, a New York Post-owned website that covers entertainment, politics, sports and business news, says a source close to Damon exclusively had allegedly told them: "Matt's telling friends and colleagues in Hollywood that he's moving the family to Australia" because the activist actor disagrees with Trump's policies. 

The source also allegedly added that "Matt's saying the move will not impact his work -- as he will travel to wherever his projects are shooting. He's also telling friends he wants to have a safe place to raise his kids."

According to Damon's publicist, this information is all false.

Damon does have four children with his wife, Luciana Barroso.

Damon won an Oscar in 1998 with Ben Affleck for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for the movie "Good Will Hunting," where he was also nominated for, but didn't win, Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Ross Torgerson

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