Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian surprises fans by speaking Armenian in incredible unearthed footage – because it reveals exactly what she’s saying
- A TikTok video shows Gladys Berejiklian speaking Armenian with a journalist
- Many of her fans were trying to guess what she might be talking about
- The prime minister discussed how proud she is of her heritage, one user claimed
Gladys Berejiklian has captivated fans with unearthed footage of her time spent in Armenia before the pandemic, speaking her native language with a journalist in the country her grandparents are from.
Footage from the exchange, uploaded to TikTok by Votelabor on Thursday, shows the NSW Prime Minister speaking Armenian in what is believed to be from her trip to the region in 2019.
‘Can someone please translate?’ The TikTok user posted next to the video.
Viewers flocked to the post, taking the opportunity to joke about the Prime Minister’s now-cancelled daily Covid-19 press briefings.
“May I say, the best health advice, the next question,” joked one user.
“I know there’s definitely a ‘good morning everyone’ in it,” wrote another.
A TikTok of NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian who speaks Armenian fluently has been released (pictured)
But one TikTok user, who claimed to speak Armenian, shut down the commentators by revealing what she said in between the giggles during the interview.
“She says she’s proud of her heritage, but it’s hard to keep our language alive in the community… she also says we have schools every day that teach Armenian,” she wrote.
Glady Berejiklian, 51, has become a household name during Australia’s coronavirus pandemic, with many people seeing her on their telly most days for an 11-hour briefing on case numbers.
In 2018, she detailed the fate of her grandparents during the Ottoman Empire, which massacred its Armenian subjects during World War I.
Her mother and father migrated separately to Sydney in the late 1960s, met and later married at an Armenian Orthodox church in Chatswood, in the north of the city.
The future prime minister was the eldest of three sisters Rita and Mary, attended public schools and was elected headmaster of her high school.
TikTok users flocked to the post to try and guess what the NSW Premier said
At home she spoke Armenian and she bore the burden of the firstborn on her parents who were “obsessed” with her university education.
In college, she became the president of the state’s Young Liberals, worked at the Commonwealth Bank and was elected a member of the NSW House of Representatives in 2003.
After becoming Minister of Transport in O’Farrell’s government, she was appointed Treasurer of NSW before becoming Prime Minister.