Matt Grundhoffer (birth name – Matthew Aaric Grundhoffer), also known as Matt Ericson, is an American reality star who became known for his relationship with wife Briana Renée on the reality series – ”Little Women: LA.”
He was born on August 26, 1977, in the United States.
Grundhoffer worked for the state of Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services.
Little Women: LA
Little Women: LA is a reality TV series that chronicles the lives of women with dwarfism who are friends living in LA. The show debuted on Lifetime on May 27, 2014.
After Grundhoffer started to date Briana Renée, he began to appear on the Little Women: LA series. Of all the cast members on the Little Women: LA, Renée was the shortest.
Briana and Matt married in 2015.
Note – Briana Renée is an American singer and actor who was born on September 30, 1982, in San Diego.
Before she was on Little Women: LA series, Briana made her first on-screen appearance in an episode of “Tosh.0.” On January 8, 2018, Briana released her debut single, “Cage.”
Prior to her relationship with Matt, she was married to Leif Manson, the first little person contestant on the television show, titled – “Survivor.” Leif and Briana have a daughter who has hypochondroplasia dwarfism, a form of short-limbed dwarfism.
Hypochondroplasia has been described as a “milder form” of achondroplasia. The type of dwarfism that Renée has is called achondroplasia.
Achondroplasia is the most commonly occurring abnormality of bone growth that occurs in 1 in every 15,000 to one in 40,000 live births.
This genetic disorder is characterized by the following distinctive features:
- shorthands with fingers that assume a “trident”;
- prominent abdomen and buttocks;
- short arms and legs;
- an unusually large head with a flat nasal bridge and prominent forehead;
- under 4 feet 6 inches.
They filed for divorce in December 2017. Briana asked for spousal support and child support, and cited irreconcilable differences.
She announced her separation from Matt on an Instagram post:
“After 3 years, and bringing the most handsome little boy into this world, we have come to the end of our marriage.”
Briana also wrote:
“We rode til the wheels fell off, and now I’m only focusing on being the best mama.”
Renée accused Matt of being drunk quite often. He also threatened to “kill everyone in the house,” according to Briana.
In addition, Renée found “sexually explicit and disturbing” messages between Matt and another woman that allegedly:
“involved bestiality and proposals of sex acts with minor children, including the proposal of sex acts with Matthew’s minor child, age 12, from a previous relationship.”
In April 2017, Matt also implied that he is going to kill himself.
According to the official records:
“Matthew has taken a bottle of alcohol and a gun when he left the house telling me that I will never see him again. Matt stated, ‘My life is a waste, and my sons are better off without me.’ It was implied that he was going to commit suicide.”
She received a restraining order against Grundhoffer. He has to stay 100 yards away from Renée and their son.
Briana said after their divorce:
“I am feeling liberated, empowered and like the best version of myself. I have found my strength in this moment of darkness.”
Renée went on to say:
”Knowing that I have a greater purpose and being there for my children, I’m leaning on my music and making art out of pain. My mom has moved in with me which has helped me in the transition.”
Briana got pregnant in 2015.
On March 31, 2016, Renée wrote on her Instagram account:
”I am not yet able to hold you, but you already hold my heart.”
In April 2016, she was hospitalized at risk of premature birth. According to reports:
“The number one goal right now is to keep the baby from coming out. As a little person giving birth to an average-sized child, she’s already at high risk.”
After being released from the hospital, she received medication and was put on bed rest to keep the actress from having her baby too early.
In 2016, Matt and Briana welcomed a son together named Maverick Jax. He was born a month premature and had to go to the neonatal intensive care unit.
After giving birth to Maverick, Briana had her tubes tied.
Maverick Jax also has Achondroplasia dwarfism.
Briana said about her children:
“My son will just see love surrounding him and my daughter will only have positive female role models through this experience.”
Renée later added:
”They know that I will always protect them – that will always be my first and foremost priority.”
Matt’s had a few run-ins with the law. For example, in 2012, he was stopped for DUI (driving a vehicle while drunk).
Grundhoffer has also been accused of sexual assault by a patient at the Child Study Treatment Center in Washington from September 2009 to November 2010.
Shortly after Briana gave birth to Maverick, Plastic Martyr (a transgender reality star and model who was cast on the 5th season of the Lifetime reality show Little Women: LA.) said that Grundhoffer sent her unsolicited dirty messages, while Briana was pregnant.
“He sent me a couple of d### and butt pictures.”
“That’s when I stopped responding because it was uncomfortable. I tried to diffuse it and act dumb like I didn’t get the innuendo, but then I finally got it and stopped talking to him.”
Other celebrities that starred in Little Women series are:
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Matt Grundhoffer – Net Worth
Grundhoffer had several jobs, especially one for the US government. He also gained fame and some money from appearing in Little Women: LA. Matt Grundhoffer has an estimated net worth of $0.2 million.