Jesinta Campbell’s manager wanted to take her to hospital last year during her fiance Buddy Franklin’s mental health crisis. She, too, was struggling emotionally and doing her best to cope without Franklin.
“When he [Buddy] was in care I was by myself for four weeks,” she said during a Women in Conversation roundtable for David Jones with other high profile women. “My family were all away, I did everything by myself. I did not drop a single one of my work commitments. I showed up. Sometimes I was a nervous wreck before showing up.
“I actually had a David Jones appearance. The night before I had a reckoning. My manager wanted to take me to hospital. I was that emotionally unstable.”
Campbell said despite her manager’s concern, she decided to honour her commitments to both her clients and her fiance.
“But I just had to keep on keeping, because it was, you know, I just had to do the best with what I had. I did it my way and I’m so glad I did it my way because I’ve come out so much stronger and better for it.
“I did that entire situation the way I needed to do it for myself and also the way it needed to be done for the person I was supporting.”
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One contributing factor to her own emotional near-breakdown was the cruelty of social media commentators.
“I remember one day I got an extremely nasty comment from a woman on Instagram. It was the first time Bud had actually come out of care and it had been quite a long period of time and I had to take him to the Sydney Swans for a meeting.
“And this girl absolutely blasted me — ‘How dare you? You are disgusting! Look at the way you are dressed when you took him to the club! You obviously called the paparazzi and wanted to be photographed! You’re using this to leverage your PR and you just look glamorous!’ And I was like, you know what? I’m just trying to do the absolute best I can.”
Campbell was joined by 18 other women including Jessica Rowe, Indira Naidoo, Gretel Killeen, and Lucy Turnbull for the discussion. All four episodes are available for streaming here.