The great Brendan Fevola explains how he lost MILLIONS of dollars by ‘being a bogan’ – forcing him to star in a ‘dumb’ reality show to make money
- Brendan Fevola revealed how he wasted his millions
- The 42-year-old was struggling with a gambling addiction
- Fevola says he behaved like a ‘bogan’ at rock bottom
Brendan Fevola has revealed how living like a ‘bogan’ saw him end up on reality TV as he opened up about losing millions of dollars.
The footballing great, 42, has battled his gambling addiction in the past and once admitted to selling his Coleman Medal – the AFL’s top scorer award – to fund his addiction.
Fevola declared bankruptcy in 2013 and went into rehab after a rapid downward spiral towards the end of his football career.
And speaking on Fox 101.9’s Fifi, Fev & Nick, the Carlton cult hero opened up about how his lucrative income has ‘ruined’ his life.
‘I did it. I made millions. Millions. And I lost everything because I was a bogan,” he said.
Brendan Fevola has revealed how he wasted his millions acting like a ‘bogan’
The Carlton cult hero and great footballer battled gambling addiction in 2013.
“I wasted almost everything. We’ve had seven homes throughout my football career. I lost everything because I kicked.
‘Clap. Stupid. Because I had money from the age of 17. A lot of money. Everyone worked hard for their money. I didn’t have to work hard. I just played soccer. I just thought the money would be easy. Winning the lottery – easy money. Let’s spend it.
Fevola ended up appearing on reality TV show I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in a bid to change his public image, with the 42-year-old widely considered an ‘idiot’ by Australia .
“You make money, you lose everything, and you end up on a stupid show like, ‘Celebrity, get me out of here’. That’s what happens,” he said.
Fevola’s wife Alex recently opened up about the devastating effect his gambling addiction had on their marriage and how she found out they were out of money.
“Salary was not going into the account,” she said via Fox Sports.
‘I was like, ‘This is so strange.’ What is going on?’ And I couldn’t reach anyone, no one answered my calls.
“Finally someone answered my call and said ‘yes, there was no salary’ and that was the equivalent of that whole year’s salary.”
Fevola and his wife had a rocky relationship. They briefly separated in 2010 after she found out about her affair with Australian model Lara Worthington, formerly known as Lara Bingle. They divorced in 2014 due to his gambling issues, but got back together shortly after their separation.
Fevola ended up on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here to restore his public image
His wife, Alex, has spoken of the devastating impact his addiction has had on their family.
Fevola already lost $363,000 in one day in 2013.
“Actually, I was just in disbelief. I couldn’t believe all of this would happen and no one would tell me about it,” she added.
“The biggest shock in all of this was that it all happened behind the scenes, and no one thought it important to tell me that was what was happening.
“I had to go into recovery mode. We had to leave where we lived. We had just bought a house. We had to sell everything.