RE­AL­ITY TV WIN A LIFE- CHANGER

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

Vogue HOUSE Rules win­ner Steve Fal­zon feels un­easy that he is more than half a mil­lion dol­lars richer and that his daugh­ter has left the re­al­ity show empty- handed.

Tiana Fal­zon se­cretly en­tered her fa­ther and her­self on the Seven Net­work se­ries in a bid to help Steve clear his $ 250,000 mort­gage.

They tri­umphed against the odds on Mon­day and not only is Steve debt- free, his ren­o­vated home has in­creased the value of his prop­erty by more than $ 300,000.

Steve said he will take his son and Tiana, and her hus­band, on a Euro­pean hol­i­day, which was the least he could do to thank his daugh­ter for her self­less­ness.

“We are go­ing to go on a mas­sive hol­i­day over­seas to try and pay her back, but I think I’ll be pay­ing her back for the rest of my life,” Steve said.

“She could have done this for her­self and her hus­band.

“I’m proud of her and be­ing a par­ent you are al­ways giv­ing to your kids, so it does feel a lit­tle bit weird what she has done.”

Steve, 47, raised both Tiana, 26, and her brother An­drew, 25, on his own af­ter their mother, Danielle, died from pneu­mo­nia 19 years ago. The fi­nan­cial strain of be­ing a sin­gle fa­ther and putting his chil­dren through school meant he was never able to pay down the mort­gage on the 1960s three- bed­room brick house.

Steve es­ti­mates his Mt Druitt home has al­most dou­bled in value since be­ing ex­ten­sively ren­o­vated and even if he and Tiana hadn’t won, he’d still be about $ 300,000 bet­ter off.

“Be­fore­hand it was es­ti­mated at about $ 350,000 and now it’s worth over the $ 650,000 mark,” Steve said.

“We did have a pretty tough life grow­ing up and she has sac­ri­ficed a lot. When it is my time to go leave this place, the kids will ben­e­fit from it all any­way.” NI­COLE Kid­man reached out to young Aussie ac­tor Mia Wasikowska as she thinks the film in­dus­try is tougher now than ever be­fore.

Kid­man says this young gen­er­a­tion of ac­tors have to deal with so­cial media and con­stant pa­parazzi in­tru­sion, some­thing she didn’t ex­pe­ri­ence even dur­ing her high- pro­file re­la­tion­ship with Tom Cruise.

“We’re the gen­er­a­tion that got to duck all of that. When I was with Tom, I don’t re­mem­ber pa­parazzi sit­ting out­side our house ... not like now,” she has told the US Vogue mag­a­zine.

Kid­man worked with 25- year- old Wasikowska on 2013 psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller Stoker, which is when she of­fered to help the young ac­tor nav­i­gate the in­dus­try.

“I said, ‘ You call me any­time. Any­time you need to ask some­thing.’ That’s prob­a­bly my ma­ter­nal side,” she said.

Kid­man also said she was still feel­ing raw from the re­cent death of her fa­ther, Antony Kid­man, who died sud­denly last year.

“You’ve caught me at a time when I’m still re­cov­er­ing and in grief. There are times you go, ‘ Gosh, I wish I could just go and hide in a hole and never come out’,” she said.

“And then you go, ‘ That was yesterday’. I have a four- year- old and a six- year- old, and just hear­ing their laugh ... it’s life in its most pow­er­ful form.”

Her daugh­ters Sun­day Rose, 6, and Faith Mar­garet, 4, with hus­band coun­try star Keith Ur­ban bring her so much hap­pi­ness, she said she wishes she could have had more.

MOTH­ERLY FIG­URE: Ni­cole Kid­man has opened up about re­cent life events in a mag­a­zine in­ter­view.

GRATE­FUL DAD: Steve Fal­zon and his daugh­ter Tiana at his Syd­ney home.

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