Lisa Curry and B105 host Abby Coleman have both broken down in tears while talking about Lisa’s late daughter Jaimi.
The Thursday morning interview turned very emotional as Abby revealed how much 59-year-old Lisa’s new book meant to her in light of her own struggles with an eating disorder and abuse.
‘I always knew my experience, but I never sort of knew it from my mum’s point of view,’ said Coleman, 40, through tears.
Emotional: Lisa Curry (left) and B105 host Abby Coleman (right) have both broken down in tears while talking about Lisa’s late daughter Jaimi on Thursday
The Mole runner-up then stressed the importance of Lisa sharing memories of her late daughter: ‘You sharing your story, it means we’re having a conversation about it.’
Lisa then wept too, telling Abby, ‘You’re right, from a mother’s perspective, it’s horrible.’
‘There’s an acceptance of your parents [dying], but when it’s your child you can’t explain the grief enough.’
Strength: Lisa then wept too, telling Abby, ‘You’re right, from a mother’s perspective, it’s horrible’
The heartfelt chat comes after Lisa broke down in tears during an emotional interview on Today Extra on Wednesday morning.
The emotional moment came after the Olympian revealed to hosts David Campbell and Sylvia Jeffreys that she has a thumb print of her late daughter Jaimi imprinted on a necklace, which she carries with her ‘always’.
Jaimi tragically died in September 2020 at the age of 33, following a lengthy battle with alcohol addiction and an eating disorder.
Heartache: The Olympic swimmer broke down in tears during an emotional interview on Today Extra on Wednesday morning
‘She’s never far away. She’s always around somehow,’ Lisa smiled. ‘This is a little gift that I gave to our whole family. It’s her thumb print that they took for us.
‘It’s always a reminder to look after yourself and live your best life.’
David then asked Lisa how she manages to lift herself back up in her darkest times, after first losing Jaimi and then her mother Pat in April this year.
Tribute: The 59-year-old revealed she has had a thumb print of her late daughter Jaimi made into a necklace, which she carries with her ‘always’
Loss: Jaimi (right) tragically died in September 2020 at the age of 33, following a lengthy battle with alcohol addiction and an eating disorder
‘It’s… see, I can’t talk about it,’ Lisa responded, bursting into tears.
‘It’s really hard. Every person that you pass on the street is probably going through a similar thing, but it’s not known because they’re not that public person.’
Taking a breath, she added: ‘I have to draw on every lesson I’ve learned through my career to try and get through.’
Loss: Lisa faced more heartache in April when her mother Pat died. (Jaimi and Pat are pictured)
Jaimi was Lisa’s daughter from her marriage to ex-husband Grant Kenny, a fellow Olympian and former Ironman. She is now married to singer Mark Tabone.
‘It’s difficult, as you can see. Grant hasn’t said anything, because he can’t. You can think you know what grief is, but until you’re in it it’s completely different,’ she said.
‘I’ve had Mark by my side, and my kids, and Grant and if it wasn’t for them… some days you just, can’t.’
Family: Lisa (left) married Grant Kenny (right) in 1984, before the pair separated in 2009. They welcomed three children together: son Jett, 28, and daughters Morgan, 31, and Jaimi (centre)
Jaimi died at Sunshine Coast University Hospital on September 14, 2020, surrounded by her family.
She was receiving treatment for an eating disorder at the time of her death.
Lisa and Grant married in 1984, separated in 2009 and welcomed three children together: son Jett, 28, and daughters Morgan, 31, and Jaimi.
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Love story: The retired competitive swimmer married Elvis impersonator Mark Tabone in 2018
Who is Lisa Curry?
- A former competitive swimmer and Ironwoman, Lisa has won 30 international swimming medals
- As a swimmer, she represented Australia 16 times from 1977 to 1992
- Lisa competed in three Olympic Games – Moscow (1980), Los Angeles (1984) and Barcelona (1992)
- The Brisbane-born star was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985
- Turning her hand to reality TV, Lisa starred in Channel Nine’s The Celebrity Apprentice Australia in 2011
- In 2017, she joined Network Ten’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
- Lisa married former Ironman and Olympic bronze medallist Grant Kenny in 1984. They separated in May 2009
- They share three children including Jaimi, son Jett, 28, and daughter Morgan, 31
- She announced her engagement to entertainer Mark Tabone in October 2016. They wed in May 2018