We reveal the demons behind the ‘bullying' DOI judge's tough exterior
When you delve into Jason’s past you start to understand why he’s so critical.
Born in Melbourne to a 14-year-old mum, he was given up for adoption at six months.
He has no idea who his father is.
‘At first I found it tough,’ says Jason. ‘It’s natural to want to know the identity of your parents, but I’ve moved on now.’
Things got tough when Jason decided to pursue a career in ballet. He was bullied to badly that at one point his peers tried to drown him and on another occasion he woke up in hospital with a broken nose.
‘Coming from Australia, where everything’s about sports, I was victimised long before I came out,’ he tells Now.
‘At primary school I was called a fairy or sissy because of ballet, but I don’t regret the bullying because it made me stronger.’
Read the full story about Jason Gardiner in Now magazine dated 28 March – out now!