The Bachelorette: Brooke Blurton had to support her brothers after her mother died

The Bachelorette: Brooke Blurton had to support her brothers after her mother died 2
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Brooke Blurton reveals she had to ‘navigate life independently’ and support her younger brothers after her mother died when she was 11

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Brooke Blurton has spoken of how her mother’s death by suicide when she was just 11 years old forced her to ‘navigate life independently’.

The former Bachelorette, 27, revealed on her podcast Not So PG she had to step up to raise her younger brothers while she was still trying to work things out for herself.

‘I didn’t have mum and dad just telling me what was right and what was wrong. I had to basically navigate the whole entirety of my life, just me, and then also guide my brothers into their lives,’ Brooke told her co-host Matty Mills.

Brooke Blurton (pictured) has spoken of how her mother's death by suicide when she was just 11 years old forced her to 'navigate life independently'

Brooke Blurton (pictured) has spoken of how her mother’s death by suicide when she was just 11 years old forced her to ‘navigate life independently’ 

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‘So I’ve only just released that pressure of having to look after my brothers. My youngest brother is now 18, he is now a grown adult, and I’ve released myself of that pressure of making sure that he’s okay,’ she added.

‘I’ve been a mother since I was about nine years old practically. And I think a lot of people don’t know that.’

Brooke, who volunteers as a mental health service worker, previously discussed her family struggles on the SBS program Noongar Dandjoo.

'I didn't have mum and dad just telling me what was right and what was wrong. I had to basically navigate the whole entirety of my life, just me and then also guide my brothers into their lives,' Brooke told her co-host Matty Mills

‘I didn’t have mum and dad just telling me what was right and what was wrong. I had to basically navigate the whole entirety of my life, just me and then also guide my brothers into their lives,’ Brooke told her co-host Matty Mills

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‘I grew up in a country town in Carnarvon. I spent my childhood there up until I was about 11, when my mum unfortunately passed away – she committed suicide,’ she said.

‘That was a hard time, living in Carnarvon with my mum and nan, losing mum, and then nan actually passed away a month later.’

Brooke eventually went to live with her father, but admitted: ‘To be honest, he wasn’t that supportive.’

Brooke, who now volunteers as a mental health service worker, previously discussed her struggles on SBS program Noongar Dandjoo. Pictured Brooke and her mother

Brooke, who now volunteers as a mental health service worker, previously discussed her struggles on SBS program Noongar Dandjoo. Pictured Brooke and her mother

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‘Growing up was pretty complicated. [There was] a lot of drug and alcohol violence in my childhood and I had an older sister who suffered from schizophrenia,’ she added.

Her brother Troy told the program: ‘Brooke was definitely someone I had to run to when I had problems.

‘I went through quite a bit of depression when I was on drugs, drinking a lot, wasn’t really in the right place.’

 Brooke also discussed her tough upbringing in a TedX talk in 2019, revealing she was sexually assaulted after her mother’s funeral.

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Her brother Troy told the program: 'Brooke was definitely someone I had to run to when I had problems. Pictured: Brooke with her brother Troy

Her brother Troy told the program: ‘Brooke was definitely someone I had to run to when I had problems. Pictured: Brooke with her brother Troy

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