Beloved Australian comic Fiona O’Loughlin has debuted a drastic new makeover throughout an interview with The Mission, trying nearly unrecognisable from the lady who has entertained audiences for the previous 20 years.
O’Loughlin, 57, has ditched her ordinary brown locks for a shorter, blonde hairdo, complemented with dark-rimmed glasses. She admitted the brand new look allowed her to go “a bit incognito.”
The comic and mum-of-five was selling her newly-released memoir, wherein she opens up about her very public battle with alcohol dependancy.
Whereas a few of O’Loughlin’s alcohol relapses are well-documented – in 2009, she collapsed throughout a efficiency in Brisbane, and subsequently introduced she was an alcoholic – others revealed within the ebook would come as a shock to followers.
O’Loughlin’s 2018 season-winning look on Ten’s actuality present I’m A Movie star… Get Me Out of Right here! seemed to be a triumph from the surface. She now reveals she was so determined for alcohol whereas within the jungle that she resorted to secretly ingesting hand sanitiser.
“I shouldn’t snigger at that. Mainly it was a relapse, and I stored having these relapses, and that‘s sort of what I wished to essentially drive dwelling, is a part of this illness that individuals don’t actually perceive, the cruelty of it’s whenever you’re in it’s the relapsing,” she mentioned.
“I solely knew about hand sanitiser as a result of I’d been to so many rehabs as a result of I wouldn’t have recognized.”
O’Loughlin advised The Mission hosts she was now sober – which led to 1 difficult query from Waleed Aly, who identified that O’Loughlin admits within the ebook she had been secretly consuming up to now on the similar time she was performing comedy gigs riffing on her “newly sober” life.
“I don‘t imply to be offensive after I ask you this. You say you’re sober now, ought to we imagine you now?” requested Aly.
“It doesn‘t matter whether or not you do or not,” O’Loughlin shot again.
“No, that‘s completely proper, however ought to we?” requested Aly.
“As I mentioned, it doesn‘t matter. I do know my sober day is 17 December 2019. I want I may say it was 17 December 2016, however it wasn’t. That‘s when it ended for me.”
O’Loughlin conceded she may see why Aly had requested the tough query: “I’m a bit the boy who cried wolf, first one to confess that.”
Ending the interview, O’Loughlin provided up one tongue-in-cheek purpose behind her model new look.
“I truly did change my hair color as a result of… I‘ve by no means been a drunk blonde.”
“Sadly, I’ve, Fiona,” quipped host Carrie Bickmore.