The Australian Idol winner has opened up on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! about the moment her father tried to reconnect with her at the height of her fame.
As the show continues, we are finding out more and more about the Aussie celebrities and their most personal and vulnerable stories.
This time, Casey Donovan has decided to share a very personal story about her biological father who she had no contact from growing up.
“My biological father, Merv, was absent for most of my adolescent life”, she revealed.
“When I was doing the live shows I would get calls from him and I remember he called me one night and just absolutely blew up and I just said, ‘Who are you? You are dead to me mate’. I just screamed at him and took out all my anger and my pain.”
Later, after being crowned the Australian Idol winner at just 16, Casey’s aunty turned up at a press conference and bombarded her with personal questions.
“She questioned me about why my father wasn’t invited to the Opera House. I just stood there and I don’t know what came over me, I looked her dead in the eye and I said, ‘that is a family matter, we can deal with that behind closed doors’.”
Despite all she’s been through, Casey has come up the other side and is now finally at a happy place.
“It has taken a long time for me to be happy. I’ve found confidence within myself. I’ve learnt how to smile. I’ve learnt how to talk. I’ve learnt how to take it easy. I’ve learnt how to just try and enjoy life for what it is.
"I feel like I am at the place in my life now, almost 29 and 13 years in this business I’ve definitely got to see a lot and experience a lot and there is no place I’d rather be.”
Watch the entire scene below -
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