‘I WAS BEATEN TO A PULP!

Pete’s shock re­veal that he was badly bul­lied

Woman's Own - - Cover Story -

Pete was born in Lon­don and moved to Queens­land, Aus­tralia, with his fam­ily when he was 10. But the star re­vealed that for him and his brothers, it was any­thing but a dream new life. Speak­ing can­didly for the first time on the topic, Pete ad­mit­ted that he was se­verely bul­lied. ‘When I moved to the Gold Coast, nearly 30 years ago, there were no Greeks, no Ital­ians, no Lebanese – we stood out so much. And we would get beaten to a pulp, the teach­ers used to call us all sorts of things, and when you get it from the teach­ers you know you’ve got nowhere to run. ‘At school it was be­cause of our race and na­tion­al­ity, that sort of thing.’ And hor­ri­bly for Pete, it didn’t stop there. Af­ter find­ing suc­cess in Aus­tralia in the early 90s, he still faced ter­ri­fy­ing al­ter­ca­tions. Re­mem­ber­ing back to a time in a Sydney night­club, he said, ‘This guy said, ‘Who do you think you are?’ He grabbed me and threw me into this bath­room, put a knife to my throat, I’ll never for­get that mo­ment. It was 20 years ago and I’ve never been to a Sydney club since. It scared me that much that even in Eng­land I don’t go to night­clubs. I know it sounds ridicu­lous, I’m a 43-year-old man. How­ever, Pete ad­mits that his tough be­gin­ning has helped him be­come the man he is to­day. ‘It [bul­ly­ing] com­pletely scars you, and that’s why when peo­ple say to me now, ‘Why are you so nice to peo­ple?’ And I say, ‘You don’t un­der­stand, to be ac­cepted is the most in­cred­i­ble feel­ing.’’ ◆

‘I’ll never for­get that mo­ment’

Pete found fame in Aus­tralia in the early 90s

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