In a new conversational format for the program, Karla Grant meets with prominent Australians from the arts, entertainment, politics, education, sport and health to discuss key Indigenous issues.
2004 Idol winner Casey Donovan took time out from her national tour, You Believed, this week to speak frankly to Karla Grant about her often turbulent past, how she is healing her present and her plans for the future. She opened up about her demons that plagued her growing up including self-harming and her recent sex addiction. She also talks about the pressure of Idol and her advice for others involved in reality programs and her complicated family relationships. She reveals her future hopes of making it in the United States.
Casey reveals some of the struggles behind penning her incredibly honest autobiography, Big, Beautiful and Sexy, and says it was very therapeutic and part of the healing process of the various ups and downs of her life’s journey over the past 10 years, as well as it being a celebration of her achievements.
She gives intimate details of her six year relationship with a man she had never met and tells Living Black Conversations that since releasing her autobiography this year; as many as four other women have approached her telling her that they too have had similar experiences with “Olga”.
Casey also details the sex addiction that followed the Olga/Campbell relationship and how she wanted to feel real again. And now as a result of these experiences, Casey is now helping to raise awareness of online dating scams and “cat-fishing” and shares the excitement for her role as an advocate for plus size women.
“I needed to get away, with every click of a button on a new profile it, it just got me further away from whether I was and I did kinda take it to extreme and just went hell to leather and rode the wave ….I needed the touch of a man I wanted to know how it felt it to be embraced and cuddled and kissed by a dude whether he had any intention of liking me whatsoever, it was just the fact that I wasn’t playing this imaginary boyfriend in my head of what he’d be doing to me I was living the real thing.” Casey said.
Now celebrating its eleventh year of broadcasting, the 2011 Deadly award-winning and 2012 and 2013 Deadly nominee Living Black is Australia’s leading Indigenous news and current affairs program.
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