The family of Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr have made a public plea for her to come home, claiming that they have not seen her, or her 3-year-old son Flynn, in over a year.
In an episode of the ABC’s Family Confidential, the Kerrs have said that they want the 30-year-old former David Jones ambassador to reconnect with them, particularly in the wake of the her split from British actor Orlando Bloom, which Miranda’s father John claims he heard about from Orlando, not his daughter.
Mr Kerr said, “I remember him saying ‘we’re always going to be family’ and that’s how we’ll treat Orlando, Miranda and Flynn. We’re all family.”
“I don’t know what happened to Miranda… she was such a nice little girl,” he said.
Her mother Therese told the program: “Miranda’s life is so different now – she’s surrounded by ‘yes’ people all the time. It’s so important for me to be real, to be true, to be who she needs me to be.”
Her relationship with her daughter has been strained since Miranda fired her from her role as the managing director of Miranda’s Korr skincare range, last year.
“We have been best friends for most of our life. We used to talk just about every day. I send her messages, just little texts to say ‘I love you honey, let your little light shine, my arms are wrapped around you’,” Therese said.
However, she says that return contact from Miranda is rare.
Her grandfather John expressed concern that Flynn was being kept away from his Gunnedah-based relatives, saying that he was missing out on seeing his Australian family.
“What I’d really like to do as a grandad now is teach Flynn how to milk a cow, how to ride a horse, teach him all them [sic] country things,” he said. “I just hope Flynn grows up and he wants to be with his nan and pop.”
Kerr’s grandmother Ann added: “It’s very nice where they are but nothing like Australia, nothing and I think hopefully Flynn might end up here. We just keep our fingers crossed.”
Following episode, the story was being spoken about on many morning news and radio shows. Sophie Monk, from 2Day FM in Sydney, said she found the family’s behaviour “disgusting”.
Here’s what she had to say:
Merrick: Now what I took from it is A, she’s got a lovely Australian family, great people, soul of the earth…and the other thing I took from it is that obviously Miranda, going into her 30s, has decided that she’s going to take control of her affairs, which as part of that, meant that she actually had to sack her mum who was in charge of her Kora line of cosmetics. So her mum was originally in charge and was the boss, and then [Miranda] said, nup, I’m turning 30, guess what mum, you’re sacked.
Jules: What are your thoughts on this Sophie? Because you were successful very young, and your family has always supported you.
Sophie: I find it disgusting. Disgusting. Not on Miranda, her family! She’s not died, why are they coming out and publicly speaking? She’s the star; we don’t need to know about it, it’s not solving anything by offloading and putting her down. Go to her and sort it out. You should stay loyal to your family.
Merrick: Do you think they were airing dirty laundry?
Sophie: Absolutely! Why are they putting her down, their own family member? I would be absolutely devastated. Like, the only thing that keeps me together is my family. If they came out and did that, I’d be destroyed.
Jules: Well said, because you know what, when I saw it, I walked away and said “Oh, little miss uppity, she’s had all this success, gone over there [to New York], she’s making all this money and she’s turned her back on her family, and they care about her”.
Sophie: They’ve abandoned her! I’m telling you, this will be hard to patch back up.
Jules: What I mean is, I walk away from their statement saying “Ooh, Miranda”, but Sophie’s right. I mean, I’ve only heard one side of the story and that is unfair for them to air that on public and taint the reputation of their daughter.
Sophie: Well her mum Tweeted something not long ago, and I was like, why is she going public on this?! She said something “I’ll make you” but I don’t know, “I’m going to bring you down” kind of thing. I was like; if my mum did that I would be absolutely devastated.