This week, Australia was introduced to the 25 bachelorettes competing for Nick Cummins’ heart on The Bachelor this year and the first one to stand out from the crowd was Brooke Blurton.
Brooke was gifted a special key granting her access to Nick’s bachelor pad at any time she wishes after he saw both strength and vulnerability in her.
Speaking with OK! Magazine, Brooke has opened up about the tragedies in her past and how they have made her the woman she is today.
“I don't have a lot of family, unfortunately,” she began.
“Mum and Nan dying when I was younger and having to grow up without any parents (was the hardest thing)."
Appearing in SBS series Noongar Dandjoo earlier this year, Brooke explained she was just 11 when her mother sadly took her own life.
“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.
“That was a hard time, living in Carnarvon with my mum and nan, losing Mum, and then Nan actually passed away a month later."
The youth worker then went to live with her father, however, Brooke said “to be honest, he wasn't that supportive.
“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 may only be 23, but Brooke has definitely been through a lot and come out the other side stronger.
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