He’s the affable Dancing with the Stars winner and celebrated Aussie actor on an epic crusade to “kick cancer in the face” once and for all.
But behind the infectious smile, giving spirit and down-to-earth personality for which he is beloved, Samuel Johnson’s life away from the bright lights of fame has been peppered with a unique kind of grief. One that stems from the loss of a loved one by suicide.
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Samuel’s mother ended her own life when he was just three years old. And in 2005, he lost his close friend Heather through suicide.
Speaking to Who magazine this week, the 41-year-old actor touched on the third suicide that dots his painful past. That of his former girlfriend, Lainie Woodlands, who ended her life in 2006, two months after Heather.
She was 20 years old at the time.
“I’ve been too scared to be in another relationship since my girlfriend died 13 years ago,” he told the magazine of his love life in response to rumours he’s romantically linked to his late sister Connie’s best friend, Emma Rooke.
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I’m a decent bloke but it’s more because of these two than me. The one on my right raised me and loved me more than anyone else. The one on my left made all my dreams and ambitions real. One dream builder and one dream weaver equals a half decent fella. Nought without ’em is my point. Never forget how blessed we are fellas. Happy friday fuckers.