It’s a great initiative, a great concept and a great evening out… So get a group together for after work drinks and a shop all in one!
Bizarre Bazaar Returns to Sydney’s Sussex Lane
June 29th, 2011
Bizarre Bazaar Brings Sydney’s Sussex Laneway Alive For One Night Only
May 19th, 2011
After interviewing Christopher McLaren on the radio show I do at Bondi 88 FM with Corby-Sue, I fell in love with his idea, his concept and his drive. It’s come to life and it’s now time for you to discover Sydney’s hottest young designers at Bizarre Bazaar, the pop-up twilight market this Thursday (tonight!!) between 5 and 9pm at Sussex Lane, Sydney.
“Bizarre Bazaar is a landmark event in Sydney’s fashion calendar, where the public are invited to experience cutting-edge fashion and explore the zenith of our emerging laneway culture,” said Christopher McLaren, Event Coordinator, A Series Of Fortunate Events.
“Snuggled in between the walls of Sussex Lane, fashion and music will blend to create an intimate shopping experience for all guests. For four hours only, Bizarre Bazaar gives you the opportunity to purchase collections from 30 local fashion designers – unique, modern, ready-to-wear garments handmade by talented professionals.”
“It’s an opportunity that simply can’t be missed for both designers and Sydney’s fashion-savvy.”
Matt Young of Nine to Five Online spoke about Bizarre Bazaar – “Pop-up markets have really become a staple in the Sydney fashion scene, but it’s so refreshing to see one incorporating all elements of its surrounds; bars, eateries, fashion, shopping, it’s all here. Bizarre Bazaar has taken the basic elements of a pop-up market and transformed it into a shopper’s paradise.”
Wander between any of the four participating laneway bars, enjoying the fantastic food and beverages designed specially for the event. Soak up the beats of Small Bar’s resident DJ who will be mixing decks for guests high atop the terrace balcony.
A phenomenal opportunity to get up close and personal with Sydney’s most talented young designers. Show your support by spreading the word – this is a one-off event that can’t be missed!
It’s time a little more Melbourne came to Sydney!
Learn more at www.bizarrebazaar.info and I will see you there on the night – I can’t wait!!!
Rosemount Australian Fashion Week 2011 – Alex Perry
May 9th, 2011
Alex Perry was the first show to kick off Fashion Week for me. I had pretty high expectations, as most do when it comes to Alex Perry. Thankfully I can say, my expectations were met.
It was Cuban Princess collection that dropped many jaws, with a fresh and fabulous array of tantalising colours, textures and materials. This collection made me feel… On holidays. It’s time to turn up the music and party!
Alex Perry’s latest collection is inspired by festival fun, sultry nightlife, and the crisp upper class – a simmering melting pot know as Havana, Cuba… a fusion that is the essence of this politically charged paradise.
Let the heady Latina beats lead your feet as white hot tailoring cuts through the heat. Stay cool in cigar shirt-dresses that reflect a classic note. Precisely fitted and cinched jackets with sharp double-stitched collars reference a Spanish pedigree.
Out came the party dresses in Tamale red silk trimmed with Curacao blue that were ready to Rumba. Dangerously tight dresses in colour-blocked mojitos of Pomegranate, Blood Orange and Pepper shook up the catwalk. Cut away necklines and cheeky hems in spiced shades delivered an intoxicating medley.
Pools of Caribbean aqua refresh the palette with voluminous patio gowns made of silk georgette and necklines that glimmer like a crystal ocean… perfection for languishing on the wide veranda. Long billowing evening skirts slashed high to reveal a flash of tanned thigh, teamed with floral prints that made a sensational splash.
I was a big fan of the glossy slick of deep noir sequins, which intensified the mood to scorching and the serious glitterati come out to play.
An awesome collection… This was most certainly one that stayed up high on my list of favourite shows during fashion week.
2011 Prix de marie claire Awards supported by Magnum Temptation
March 25th, 2011
Last night’s Prix de marie claire Awards were celebrated with the who’s who of fashion, beauty and entertainment at a glamorous evening ceremony at Fox Studios hosted by Jackie Frank, Publisher/Editor of marie claire.
A star-studded line up of guests graced the red carpet including Megan Gale, Sophie Monk, Lara Bingle, Erika Heynatz, Erin McNaught and Rachael Finch joined by Australia’s most accomplished designers Akira, Alex Perry, Collette Dinnigan, Dion Lee, Camilla Freeman-Topper & Marc Freeman, Carla Zampatti, Aurelio Costarella, Terry Biviano, Kym Ellery, Jacob Luppino & Anthony Pittorini, Lisa Ho, Jayson Brunsdon, Yeojin Bae, Josh Goot, Kit Willow, Nicky & Simone Zimmerman, Therese Rawsthorne, Anna Plunkett & Luke Sales, Sarah-Jane Clarke & Heidi Middleton, for the exclusive black tie gala during which marie claire honoured and acknowledged Australia’s best fashion designers, brands and products through a hand-selected group of international and local marie claire judges.
In true marie claire style, the event was one to remember for the 250 guests. Upon arrival, guests mingled while enjoying a glass of Moet & Chandon, before being ushered beyond the eight metre walls of a mysterious structure in the centre of the room.
Guests discovered a lavish Parisian courtyard where they were seated at mirrored tables, reflecting the candlelight and chandeliers around them. Following a sumptuous three course meal by renowned caterers JOHNANDPETER, the room darkened and the Piazza walls suddenly disappeared to reveal the dramatic entrance of forty models dressed in gowns designed by the celebrated fashion finalists.
The 2011 Fashion winners included WILLOW, who took out the prestigious Best Australian Designer Award; Alex Perry for Best Australian Designer (Readers Choice): Ellery won the Best new up and coming Designer; sass & bide won Best Australian Fashion Brand; Cue, who won Best Australian Fashion Brand (Reader’s Choice) and Carla Zampatti who won the Special Achievement Award.
The 2011 Beauty Award winners included Best Fragrance, Calvin Klein EDP; Best Skincare Product (Splurge), Dermalogica Ultra Calming Serum Concentrate; Best Skincare Product (Steal) Dr. LeWinn’s Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF 30+; Best Make-Up Product (Splurge), Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Colour; and Best Make-Up Product (Steal), Rimmel London Volume Flash X10 Mascara.
Sexy, Sultry, Talented, Kind – Mindi Jackson of the Rogue Traders
December 6th, 2010
Interview by Adrian Erdedi. Photos by Paramount Studios Sydney.
A little while ago I met a very sweet girl, at an event at Piano Room in Sydney. She introduced herself, she asked me how my day was, what I did and what my plans for the rest of the night were. She took interest in me, when she didn’t even know me. And she continued to do this to so many others. Her name is Mindi Jackson of the Rogue Traders.
Since then, getting to know Mindi has been nothing but an absolute pleasure. She is so talented, she knows her stuff. She is so god damn sexy, and wears the most fabulous outfits. She is kind, generous and very intelligent. She is everything female artists (or females overall!) wish they were.
Below is an interview I did with Mindi, she is just fantastic!
EVENT: If you are one of the lucky people invited to the Romel Model Management and Paparazzi; Celeb 4 A Day Christmas Party this Tuesday the 7th of December at Piano Room, you will get to see the stunning Mindi perform onstage.
What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?
Right now we’re smack bang in the middle of the festive season, so we’re busy doing gigs and events and things which is fun. Any spare time I spend writing and recording as much as I can and I’m also spending some time in the studio getting into production which I’m loving.
Well originally James Ash from Rogues approached me on Myspace and asked me if I was interested in auditioning. Initially I didn’t believe it was really him! Very excited when I discovered it actually was.
I was totally into it and we moved forward from there. I went to their studio in Melbourne then they came to a gig of mine in Sydney and a few weeks later I got the official call. I was in Newtown eating gelato and James called me with the news. I was so pumped I wanted to get started straight away. Such exciting times! It was the beginning of a whole new chapter for me.
How did you find it settling into the band?
Really easy, the guys are great and were always all about me bringing who I am to the table musically and stylistically. So that made settling in really easy. James and I have very similar musical influences and we both have quite a warped sense of humour as well, so we hit it off from the get go.
You’ve been singing since the age of 5, so what advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?
Sing and play as much as you possibly can, practise your craft. Get out there on stages and perform in front of people. Listen to lots of music, old and new and see what floats your boat, it helps you learn who you are as an artist. And, always remember that persistence pays off.
This year I did some work with the Sony Foundation for ‘You Can’. ‘You Can’ are raising much needed funds to build long term care centres for 15 – 30 year old cancer sufferers. By donating old and unwanted phones Australians can help this cause.
A staggering 1 in 100 people in Australia are diagnosed with cancer before the age of 30, and in the last 25 years there has been next to no improvement in survival rates for this age group. ‘You Can’ aims to build specialised cancer centres for this age group and give them the services they need and deserve, and help them survive. It is a great cause, and so easy to make a contribution. Check it out at www.sonyfoundation.org.au
How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?
I make sure I spend lots of time hanging with my partner, family and friends. I love spending time outdoors going to the beach as well. Music is one of those things that’s all encompassing, you could have it going through your head all day and all night. I just make sure I switch off sometimes and zone out….even just couch time in front of the tv is like heaven.
My Mother and Father always told me…
To turn the music up.
When was the last time you cried? If you wish to divulge, why?
Haha I’m useless….I can get teary watching Beauty and the Geek for goodness sake!
MINDI ON FOOD
Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?
My number one is Shanghai dumplings…top of the list….steamed veggie with soy sauce and chilli. Yum! Wine and Cheese is one of my favourite indulgences. I find it decadent and completely relaxing. I love Indian and Italian food. I also can’t live without my soy mocha hit on most days.
How often do you eat out and cook at home?
My favourite meal to eat out is breakfast, which I do a couple of times a week. I love breakfast down by the beach. Dinners I eat out a few times a week too. I love going out to eat with friends, but I also love to cook. I’ll cook at home most nights. I really enjoy creating my own ‘spin off’ recipes.
Probably a spicy Arrabiatta sauce with olives and fresh basil over Kamut spaghetti, topped with shaved grana padano cheese. Simple and fresh.
My food philosophy is simple and fresh ingredients, organic where possible as it makes all the difference with flavour and with nutritional value.
MINDI ON FASHION
Being in a great Australian band, you need to look the part, wearing the best threads. Who or what influences you most in Fashion?
I love quirky and bold fashion and I love being able to incorporate quite theatrical elements into the mix. I also love vintage shopping and finding rare and interesting pieces from years gone by.
A few of my all time favourite music and fashion icons are Deborah Harry, I’m a big Blondie fan, and David Bowie. And I love what artists like Gwen Stefani and Lady Gaga have brought into the pop music arena of today. Big fan.
What is a fashion trend you hope will never resurface? (eg.Hyper-colour shirts!)
Jelly sandals. they make your feet too sweaty.
Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?
David Bowie’s in the 70′s because just imagine what you’d find! Goldmine.
What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?
At this moment (and it changes daily) it’s a cream ankle boot by PeepToe.
Who or what influences you most in home décor?
I have to say my house is a little quirky. I like bursts of colour and interesting pieces. There’s a few themes running through my house. We have music – the studio…it’s organised chaos. Lots of gear and instruments, and a mirror ball for inspiration.
I have a retro dressing room which is basically a room full of clothes, shoes and vintage decor. I don’t like everything to be perfect, I like a bit of character.
At home….. lots of music, good speakers, a comfy couch, an acoustic guitar, a big & full bookshelf, interesting art, herbal tea and good pillows.
What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?
I don’t really have rules. My design approach is a little experimental.
Do you have one feature in your home you love most?
Probably my studio.
What is your kitchen like?
The kitchen itself is quite simple but the oven and stovetop is a big shiny stainless steel monster! I love it.
MINDI ON LIFESTYLE
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a leafy suburb called Hornsby Heights in Sydney.
Where is your favourite place to relax in Australia?
The Hunter Valley. I love going up and renting a big house with a group of friends. We drink wine and play board games.
What car do you drive, best thing about the car and why you bought it?
Ford Escape. I love going for big drives and I love to have lots of room.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Probably my shoe collection.
Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?
France. I’ve never been, but I’m going this year and I can’t wait!
The one thing I can’t leave home without is…
If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?
Prince. I’d fly around him and try and soak up some of his musical genius.
Three pet hates?
1. Rude people
2. Bad food
(One good thing and one bad thing about each)
good: Hearing your song on the radio!
bad: Having to think twice about leaving the house in trackies.
good: Australian fashion is amazing. Most of my favourite designers are Australian.
bad: I want too much of it!
good: the beaches
bad: the traffic!
good: I love a ‘make it up as you go’ holiday adventure. It’s fun not knowing what’s coming next.
good: he’s naughty
bad: he’s naughty
Girl Studio Launch at Strand Arcade With Alex Perry, Gail Elliot and Fleur Wood
August 24th, 2010
The Strand Arcade together with leading Strand fashion designers including Alex Perry, Gail Elliot and Fleur Wood are hosting the launch of the Girl Studio tour on Thursday September 9, 2010 Strand Arcade, Sydney.
What is Girl Studio all about?
“Girl Studio is about the everyday girl and making a positive impact on everyday life. Through our interactive workshops we teach girls how to dress for their shape and express individuality, how to find and retain inner strength, foster positive relationships, and get the most from life,” said Colleen Cuneo, Founder, Girl Studio.
Developed by Cuneo Productions, Girl Studio is a confidence based, fashion and beauty focused event aimed specifically at positive self image and confidence building for teenage girls.
As a lead up to the event a selection of young women will take part in an exciting mentor program with leading Strand fashion designers including Alex Perry, Gail Elliot and Fleur Wood. Each girl will spend a week behind the scenes learning more about how these successful designers operate their businesses.
Alex Perry had this to say about his role in the mentor program, “I think it is so important to encourage young women to have a strong sense of self. To be aware that confidence, charisma and intelligence make a woman more compelling. Take advantage of what you have been born with, maximise it to its full potential and embrace it, rather than living a life of comparison… celebrate the differences”.
From 6:00pm, the night will include live fashion shows featuring Strand designers along with interactive fashion and beauty hubs.
Check out the website for more information – www.girlstudio.com.au
Meet The Charismatic Geoff Field From 2Day FM
May 17th, 2010
Geoff Field invited me to the Austereo studios at World Tower to do the interview you’ll read below. I was really excited to meet him, because I had heard his voice pretty much every working day for the past 8 or so years, when I first started listening to Kyle and Jackie O.
I went to the 16th floor and rang the door bell to the studio. Out came the very enthusiastic and very kind Geoff Field, greeting me and welcoming me into the 2Day FM family. He introduced me to the Groupie Receptionist Sonja who was also pleasant and welcoming. A tour around the amazing office, introducing me to all the staff. He showed me the Kyle and Jackie O and also the Hamish & Andy studios. Then it was to his little studio, where Geoff showed me how he does his job. I was so intrigued and excited to see how it all works and comes together – and he was so happy to show it to me.
The 2Day FM office and studio is so impressive, Geoff told me the story about Rihanna when she was here. She said that of all the radio stations she has been to around the world, 2Day FM by far had the best studios!
After we grabbed a couple of cold drinks, we headed up to the roof top to start the interview. It was a beautiful sunny day. A relaxed Geoff, immaculately dressed, with his distinct Porsche sunglasses on, we sat in the sun and caught up on everything GEOFF FIELD…
What are you doing at the moment – projects, work and other bit and pieces?
I’m working on Hamish & Andy which I’m enjoying so much! I also do a segment once a week on Kerri-Anne; I do a lot of charity work too which I love! I work with Miracle Babies, which is for babies which are born premature, to raise money for them. I also do things like City to Surf, dinners, The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation and people living with HIV, the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and also Breast Cancer! So that keeps me very busy. I’m also doing a Youth Off The Street with Ellie Mobbs who works here at 2Day FM. It all keeps me very busy!
There has been many rumors about you leaving the Kyle and Jackie O show – please clear it up for us!!
I’ve just recently moved off Kyle and Jackie O over to Hamish & Andy which I’m enjoying very much. Six years of breakfast and getting up at 3am was tiring.
I had some great experiences on the show, I got married to my partner Jason, live radio and live TV, I’ve been thrown out of an airplane at 4000 feet, I’ve read the news in a pool of sharks, I’ve been hung off the side of Center Point Tower, I’ve been dropped in the desert and had to find my own way back so working breakfast was great – but it’s time for a change. I enjoy my sleep-in’s and I love working with Hamish and Andy they are great!
Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?
My favorite place to relax in Sydney is DEFINITELY the Boy Charlton Pool. In Summer I just love going there and doing nothing all day, reading a book. I’m not really into beaches because I was spoilt as a child living on the South Coast, so in Summer Jason and I drive down to the South Coast a lot and go the beaches down there. I’m picky, so I love it because I don’t have to step over people like I do in Bondi Beach.
I also like to relax in Kirribilli, a Chinese Yum Cha Restaurant that is nice, and I also like to go to Doyle’s at Watson’s Bay. Oh – I also love Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair – Jason and I go there a lot for a walk and just sit in the sunshine and watch the world go by.
In terms of fashion, and home décor, is there anyone that influences you?
For the home, I don’t want to plug anyone, but have you heard of Kings Furniture? They design specifically for your house. Jason and I are about to move into a new house in Potts Point and I was told about Kings Furniture and I thought it was interesting because I could have the furniture made to my specific needs and the fact they are cleverly designed with built-in magazine racks and you can flip things around and turn it into a bed if you’ve got visitors.
Fashion wise, I’m an admirer of Peter Morrissey and Alex Perry, I know both of them through the show, I love some of the dresses Alex designs and I love some of the menswear Peter designs.
Is there a feature in your new place that you love most, or was something that made you want to buy it?
YES!!! I don’t want to brag, but it’s a fully renovated marble bathroom, that I can’t wait for! The bathroom I have now is a kind of 1960’s retro and I’m kind of over it! It’s going to be like staying at a nice hotel, so I’m very excited about it. Also looking forward to the kitchen. The kitchen we have now is a tiny little kitchen. If Jason is in there, and I’m in the kitchen, there is no room to even swing a cat or do anything. The new kitchen is really big – I don’t cook but still, it’s nice to be in the kitchen with Jason without feeling like I’m crowding in on his space.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Oh my God! My greatest extravagance is… Oh and I don’t want to sound vain… But it’s when I’m lucky enough… Every few years we fly over to Europe first class on Malaysian Airways. It’s not something I can do every year but I just love the experience of being up that end of the plane! It doesn’t happen every year let me tell you!
Another indulgence is a restaurant that we go to, which has had a lot of publicity recently because Pink went there, but I’ve been going there for 10 years, it’s called Beppi’s down in east Sydney. The same family has run it for 15 years or something. It’s just going there, and having a great Italian meal with a beautiful bottle of champagne. That is an extravagance.
Damn Pink went there and let the secret out and now to go there you have to book months ahead! But that’s alright.
What is something your mother and father always told you?
To respect people no matter who they are. To treat people how you would like to be treated. I think it’s simple and it works for me. Easy.
How did you get into radio?
I slept with boss.
EDIT!!! I’m joking!!!
How did I get into radio? Well I’d like to say I worked my guts out, went to University and did all the courses, but if you’d like to know the truth, my dad was best friends with the General Manager of the radio station in Nowra where I come from. So I got work experience there and I used to hang around like a bad smell. Seriously, they must have hated me because I would be there all the time. School holidays, weekends, whatever. Anyway I was basically offered a job, probably because they were so sick of me bugging them, so I went into radio, literally the day after I left school and I have never been out of a job in radio since. So I’m pretty happy with that.
What advice would you give someone going into this industry?
Persevere. Never give up. It’s that sort of industry where people often say “Call me back”, or “there’s nothing going at the moment”, so what you do is you keep on keeping on, you just bug them because it’s such a hard industry to get into.
There’s so many people wanting it and so few jobs and I have an example of a particular person who is now hosting their own radio show, they used to, like me I suppose, turn up for work experience and one day the announcer was sick and they put him on air. He now also has a great career. That’s the way to do it – Never give up!
What do you think are the difference between Australian and European, American or Asian fashions?
I think Australia is great. Australian fashion is great because we cherry pick the best from whether it’s Italy, France, Europe, America or Britain, I’m no fashion expert but I certainly see enough fashion coming and going through this radio station. I’ve seen everyone from Lady Gaga to some of the great designers like Patricia Field for the Sex and the City girls, so I kind of watch from my studio.
I’m always fascinated, even at 6 in the morning, seeing people like Megan Gale or Jennifer Hawkins coming in, even at that hour of the morning they look wonderful. They are always wearing something that just looks great. That’s my thoughts on Australian fashion – we can look at the rest of the world, take the best of it and do our own stuff – and we do our own stuff so well.
What’s one thing you can’t leave home without?
I can’t leave home without my mobile phone! I can’t leave home without my sunglasses. That’s it. Predictable but easy.
If you were Clover Moore, what would be something you’d inject money into fixing?
First of all I think there is too much reliance on cars in this city, like to get to one end of George Street, not even in peak hour, is a nightmare, so I think a lot of people are going to hate me for this, but I think we should make it easier for cyclists. My partner Jason cycles to work everyday and I know people say, “Bloody cyclists they hold the traffic up!” but not if we build cycle lanes. We need a more efficient public transport system in the city itself, the light rail, Clover has been talking about light rail for years, come on Clover!! We can do it!! That’s the first thing I would do – fix up the transport.
Three pet hates?
1. People that don’t respect other people.
2. People that maliciously gossip. There’s a difference between having a gossip, but there’s nothing worse then saying something horrible about someone or an untruth.
3. Weak Governments. I’ll give you an example. I had so much faith in Kevin Rudd, the day after he was elected, I can remember being on a charity walk with Tania Plibersek and some of the other people from the Labor Government and I was so hopeful that we were going to have things change in this country like climate change, all the other things, and look what’s happened. He only just said that climate Change was the greatest challenge of the 21st Century, and now he has abandoned it. We need strong leadership and we need people with principles.
Where do you see yourself in a few years from now?
Hopefully still employed!! I’m enjoying what I’m doing at the moment because I have had a change from Kyle and Jackie O and I’m not doing Hamish & Andy which I love. I loved being on Kyle and Jackie O.
In a few years time, I’d love to be doing my own show, I’m not sure which station, or what the future holds, but in radio, you kind of live from one ratings to the other, thankfully I have been at 2Day FM for 12 years, and hopefully I’ll be here for a little while longer. But in the future I would like to do my own show because I am very opinionated on a lot of issues, so I suppose I would like to give it a go, but not just yet – I’m enjoying being a news reader.
Let’s talk about home life – who cooks more, who cooks less, who cleans, what’s the arrangement?
One word. JASON!
No we actually do have a good at home arrangement, because Jason cooks, he won’t let me near the kitchen. He’s tasted my cooking before and I… Well this is embarrassing, but when we first started living together, I said I would cook one night. I can’t believe I did this, but I went to Coles or Woolies, and I grabbed some mince meat product, which Jason keeps reminding me about, called Dinner Winner. I mixed it up and it was glug. Since that moment Jason said I was banned from the kitchen!
I do the cleaning, and the washing, so it kind of balances it out. We are like a husband and wife, but I’m not sure who the husband is or who the wife is!
Your time with Kyle and Jackie O, they have obviously had you do some crazy stuff. Has there ever been a time that you refused to do something?
It’s all my fault, because when I first started working with them on air, “I’m up for anything! Whatever you guys throw at me I’ll do it!” So I had myself to blame.
My theory was, if it doesn’t kill me, I’ll do it!
But seriously, for the most part of it, it was all in good fun, as I said earlier, I wouldn’t have sky dived if it wasn’t for them. There are times when you think “Oh my god!!!” but at the end of the day, I’ve done about 95% of the things they’ve said – I can’t even remember the things I said no to. Most of the time I did it.
I can remember one morning I had a crocodile and a massive lizard unleashed on me in the studio while I was reading the news, and also on April fools day, the entire news bulletin was sabotaged, with noises and incorrect grabs, including Ray Martin walking in and taking over the news! It was all good fun.
What is one of your greatest learnt?
It’s probably Karma, I think how you treat people eventually comes back on you, I think if you treat people well, life is pretty good. That’s my lesson learnt. Oh and the obvious one – don’t say yes to doing anything!!!
Have you ever been in a position where you have been abused, insulted or harassed for being gay?
I’ve been so lucky, I must be one of the luckiest people in the world because I haven’t. I know that there are a lot of people that really struggle with their sexuality, the work place and their family, but someone up there has blessed me because my family is fantastic. Even my 18 year old nephews, when they come down at Christmas, they are excited to see Jason and I, calling us both Uncle Geoffrey and Uncle Jason, they have only ever known us as their uncles. I think working in the entertainment industry has also made it a lot easier for me, because I know that is I were working on a building site or something, or some other industries, I’d be more inclined to keep my sexuality to myself.
I’m very aware of the fact people do have massive problems and all I can say to them is be honest – because honesty always wins in the end, and don’t hide, because if you keep it a secret, it’s just going to bubble up inside you. No one cares these days; people respect people for who they are.