“It is important for me to be a pillar of strength for my fiance, so I am just trying to get through my day as best I can.”
Last night’s Australian Women’s Weekly Women of the Future Awards featured impassioned discussions by incredible Australian women like Peta Credlin and Lisa Wilkinson, but the most touching and most honest part of the night came from model and TV presenter Jesinta Campbell.
Campbell, 24, took the opportunity to speak about her fiance, 28-year-old AFL player Buddy Franklin, and his battle with mental illness.
As she sat on the panel surrounded by other successful, intelligent Australian women, she talked abou how Buddy’s honesty will make him a better father to their future children.
“It’s been a long struggle and it took a lot of courage and strength for him to do what he’s done,” she said.
“He’s put his hand up and said ‘I’m struggling and I need help’.
“Sometimes I think we find the most power when we’re down and when we’re vulnerable, and I have fallen even more in love with him through this process, because he has stood up and owned his emotions and said ‘I’m not okay’ and sometimes it’s okay, to not be okay.”
You can watch a clip from Jesinta’s speech about Buddy below. Post continues after video.
Jesinta has been a constant support for Buddy, especially in the last few weeks as his battle becomes public. Through public declarations of her love and encouragement, she is standing by his side while the couple is flooded with rumours and intrusions and countless tabloid articles claiming to know the full story of their relationship. And that partnership, that public display of support, gives hope to other Australians who may be going through something similar.
“It is important for me to be a pillar of strength for my fiance, so I am just trying to get through my day as best I can,” she said.
“We take each day as it comes and the sun rose today and the sun set today and I woke up with a smile and there were a few tears in between, but I will go to bed with a smile on my face.”
Click through the gallery below for more photos of Buddy and Jesinta.