Matt and Carly were in a relationship in 2011 but Matt walked out on Carly whilst she was pregnant. When their son Billy was a month old, Matt returned but Carly told him to get lost, believing he would soon come running back, but Matt never did. A month later, Carly discovered Billy dead in his crib with Matt only even spending half an hour with his son. Carly didn't tell Matt about Billy's death and only heard the tragic news from a man in a pub after his son's funeral.
In May 2017, Carly saw a photo of Matt on social media and sent him a message. Matt pitched up in Emmerdale at booked into the B&B. Matt came face to face with Carly and confronted her about not telling him their son was dead. He explained how he felt guilty for grieving the son he didn't know. Carly's boyfriend Marlon Dingle walked in and upon seeing how distressed Carly was, he tried to throw Matt out but Matt punched him.