Warning: This post deals with suicide.
He’s not won many new fans of late, but in a rare moment of vulnerability, Anthony Mundine has broken down in tears on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here while describing his part in saving a fan’s life.
While chatting to camp mate Jackie Gillies, the boxing champ began talking about the impact he had on his fans, sharing one story that truly “touched” him.
Mundine told of how a man was just about to kill himself when his 13-year-old daughter walked in on him.
“She was going hysterical, said, ‘Dad, what are you doing? What are you doing?’ And [he said] ‘I need to go, I need to do this.'”
It’s then, Mundine said, that the teen mentioned something that managed to shake her father from a place of complete hopelessness.
“And she goes, ‘Well, what about Anthony Mundine?’ Because he always told her that he always wanted to meet me before he died, you know. And then he goes, ‘Yep, that’s true daughter, we’re going to meet him.'”
Although the 42-year-old didn’t go into detail about how the meeting came about, he said the man did achieve his dream. It was while speaking of this meeting to the cameras that Mundine began to sob.
“He came and met me. He said… He said, ‘Your courage, your strength, helped me out of this dark place.’ And, um… That touched me, man. I know I’m doing something – something right.
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“When I met him, he seemed good, you know. He seemed – he turned the corner.”
After hearing the story, Real Housewives of Melbourne star Gillies commented that Mundine “probably saved thousands of lives.”
“You have inspired kids… Because you care about people, Anthony, you care about people’s feelings and that’s not something to be ashamed of, man.