She’s an activist, a TV personality and a soon-to-be published author with her debut memoir Big Love set for release in October this year, and now Brooke Blurton has launched another exciting project.
The 27-year-old youth worker has teamed up with actor and presenter Matty Mills for their Nova Original Podcast, Not So PG, giving listeners an unfiltered version of their experiences as members of the First Nations and LGBTQIA+ communities while navigating mainstream media.
Chatting with Yahoo Lifestyle about the new venture, Brooke admits that she has wanted to start a podcast for a while but was on the lookout for the perfect co-host.
“I met Matty on socials a year ago and then our first ever interaction was when we judged a First Nations drag competition, and immediately I was like, I am obsessed with this man,” she gushes.
“He was one of the very, very few people that I told that I was doing The Bachelorette. Basically, I hadn't even made my decision yet. And Matty was the biggest driver in giving me the best advice and saying, ‘What do you have to lose? Young people need this’, in terms of the representation and the diversity.”
Brooke adds that she first approached Matty about doing a podcast together earlier this year, but she “wasn’t in the right frame of mind”.
“I had a bit of a tough time post-Bachelorette and post public break-up - public dumping if you want to call it,” she laughs.
“So Matty’s been there through the whole journey and he's seen me go through such a huge media wave, up and down, up and down. We’re also so alike in the fact that we've got so much lived experience that is so similar. He’s an amazing human being and I’m so lucky I'm able to do this with him.”
‘It’s about reclamation’
The former reality TV star went on to assert that nothing’s off-limits when it comes to Not So PG, and just as the title suggests, they aren’t afraid to get explicit.
“The podcast itself is about showcasing who we are as a whole and having genuine authentic conversations like it’s literally coming from our mouths,” she explains.
“For the last four years, I've just read so much information that is so invalid about myself that I feel like I'm in a place now to be like, this is the actual truth and this is me. This is a truth-telling of my story.
“It's about reclamation. For me, it's about reclaiming it all back and our podcast is going to be us telling our stories from our perspectives, but also being able to talk about issues that we’re really passionate about.”
While Brooke’s excited for listeners to hear her and Matty’s perspectives on a wide range of topics, they also have an “optimistic” list of guests they are keen to chat with.
“I've always been a person to ask the question ‘why’ a thousand times and I think that’s just me being inquisitive because I find people very interesting,” she continues. “I want to learn more, so I think this podcast is also going to be such a learning experience for both of us.”
‘The true Brooke’
Speaking about her other projects, Brooke says that her new podcast goes hand in hand with her upcoming memoir Big Love.
“The book in itself has been such a journey,” she remarks. “I hate using that word, but I am going to use it because it’s been really tough writing about your experiences and writing about your childhood when you're actually dealing with grief and trauma yourself.
“And I’m really raw and really honest in my book about my experiences and the contrast of the three lives that I live: my normal Western world, living culturally, and then having to navigate social media.
“We will unpack parts of my book on the podcast, but I would really love for people to read it because it's a little piece of me that I've put a lot of work and a lot of effort into, a lot of tears and a lot of therapy sessions,” she says, before adding with a laugh, "Which now I am probably broke from.”
While there’s no doubt that Brooke has been busy over the past 12 months with her creative ventures, social media career and constant travelling, she admits that she “lives in the chaos”.
“I know that I'm working towards a bigger thing and bigger projects that are hopefully going to be quite impactful for young people all around the world,” she explains.
“I kind of have the same mentality of when I went into The Bachelorette, which was that I just want to do good by everyone else. And at the same time, I just want people to know who I am, the true Brooke.
“The book is about reclamation, reclaiming everything that has been written and taken about me and putting it in one and being like, ‘This is the truth of my story’. And the podcast will just back it every week.”
You can listen to Not So PG on the Nova Player or wherever you get your podcasts.
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