In the opening minutes of Survivor, Peter said something many members of his family didn't know.

Australian Survivor’s Peter Conte was surrounded by his family while he watched the first episode of the season.

Many of Peter’s family members didn’t know he was gay (although his immediate family and friends knew) and Peter himself wasn’t completely sure whether he would discuss his sexuality when he first headed into the jungle.

So it was a bit of a surprise to both Peter and his family when his casual comments about it were aired within the first few minutes of the show.

“In terms of my sexuality… it was interesting because I hadn’t actually really… told everyone,” he told The Binge podcast this week. “And then the first thing I said in like the first episode is like… AK asked me if I’m homosexual, and I love AK by the way, and I said ‘yeah totes homo, totes homo’.”

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“We had all this family over at the time,” he explained. “And everyone just pretended it was completely normal, and they already knew, and then when they left I got these texts saying, ‘Peter, we’re fully accepting,’ and it was lovely.”

Conte said he wasn’t sure whether he really wanted to come out on national television but he had a feeling it might happen, so he wasn’t too worried about it.


The Australian Survivor contestant also revealed that things were a little, erm, smelly on the island.

“OK, so my theory is that everyone just smells so bad that your nose just gets used to it and then you stop smelling people,” he said. “But I’m assuming we all smelt horrible.”

Conte said there were no toothbrushes or toothpaste on the island and the contestants had to get a little bit creative if they wanted fresh breath.

“In terms of brushing your teeth you don’t get anything,” he said. “Sometimes you can get charcoal from the fire and brush your teeth and your mouth just looks like an absolute disaster for a while and then you’re like ‘oh my teeth are slightly cleaner, I hope this did something, but I’m not really sure’.

“But yeah, no toothbrush, no hygiene, they don’t really give you anything for hygiene, you just stink. It’s not glamorous at all.”

It certainly sounds like a fascinating experience.

Listen to the full episode of The Binge here. 

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