Instagram typically hosts a highlight reel of its user’s lives, so when an influential member of the platform pulls off the mask, it can be a rude shock.
That was the case on Monday when former reality star Apollo Jackson, who boasts almost 200k followers, got brutally raw and honest online.
The magician and DJ is a regular face on Aussie screens, starring on both The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise, but as it turns out this bachelor’s life has been anything but paradise of late.
The star opened up on his Instagram page about ‘a crappy few months’ sharing the reality behind reality fame that rarely makes the spotlight.
He spoke candidly about how after his time on screen, work dried up and basic amenities followed soon after.
“I’d had just two paying gigs this year,” he revealed. “My phone, subscriptions both entertainment and work cut off for the last few months, my stage show I worked my ass off for six months on only sold 11 tickets so I had to cancel it.”
The caption was accompanying an inspirational line the star himself had been quoted as saying.
The unusual nod became clear when he explained he had come across the quote from an interview he had done the year before.
“It reminded me there is a big picture, way bigger than what we are focusing on at the moment,” he said.
He went on to detail how an injury hobbled his MMA career, and a broken tooth he couldn’t afford to fix caused him sleepless nights.
“... unable to afford a dentist a nerve exposed broken tooth has made me unable to sleep most nights while I’ve worked my butt off developing new skills and chasing work, applying for jobs that I had no luck getting...” the star went on.
The professional magician then flipped the script, explaining how he keeps an optimistic outlook.
He explained that in the midst of the hardship, he focuses on the good he’s drawn from the situation, highlighting the people he has met along the way and his new found level of ‘resourcefulness’.
“I built some epic things with some extraordinary people and realised that what I’m going through isn’t really that bad,” the 26-year-old reflected.
The post has earned extraordinary praise for the star.
“Nice one man. I enjoyed reading this. Really inspiring,” MAFS star Mike commented.
“Stay strong my man, we all go through ups and downs your not alone!! (sic)” encouraged Love Island alumni Josh Moss.
“So nice that you are being honest and raw here instead of painting an image that is just a facade,” one fan reflected.
Apollo is no stranger to wearing his heart on his sleeve, and overcoming significant hurdles.
The magician suffered a heart attack several year ago, which propelled him to drop half his body weight before appearing on Sophie Monk’s season of The Bachelorette.
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