As a teen, Anthony Albanese sat down with his mother for dinner.
It was just the two of them, as it always had been. Albanese’s father had died in a car crash before he was born.
Or at least, that’s what he thought until that dinner. His mother told him his father was most likely alive and living in Italy.
She had met him overseas and fallen pregnant: that part of the story he’d known his whole life was true, but Albanese’s father was engaged to an Italian woman and had stayed with her. He’d never come to Australia.
More than four decades on from that fateful conversation, Anthony Albanese is now not only the Australian Labor Party leader but he has just been elected as the 31st Prime Minister of Australia.
Speaking to Mamamia's No Filter podcast in December last year, Albanese chatted with Mia Freedman about his private childhood, the influence of being raised by a strong, single mother and his search for his father.
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Anthony Albanese’s upbringing.
Albanese has spoken often of his mother, Maryanne, who raised him alone in public housing in Sydney’s inner west while on an invalid pension.
Maryanne fell pregnant in her late 20s after the trip of a lifetime overseas. She was single and Catholic, which left her with very few options. So she came up with a story: she had met, fallen in love, and married a man in Italy who had then died in a tragic car accident before her son was born.