Until earlier this week, Henry Nicholson seemed like countless Survivor contestants who have come before him. Young, strong, charming, non-threatening and able to go all the way.
But 25 days into his time on the island, a revelation about the labourer posing as a yoga instructor came to light that fundamentally changed not only how a lot of people saw Nicholson, but also his reasons for being there to begin with.
After a three year battle with pancreatic cancer, Henry’s beloved mum Jenny passed away just six weeks prior to him entering the show – something he decided not to tell any of his tribe members while competing.
“It was a strange way to grieve out there,” Nicholson told Mamamia on Wednesday.
"I think I might have delayed my grief, but grief is a long journey and it's going to be a continual thing... I think it's helped."