The six Gibney children – two boys and four girls – grew up with an alcoholic father who violently abused their mother.
But that is just the beginning.
When Stella was six years old, she was kidnapped and sexually assaulted.
Stella and Rebecca Gibney open up about their toughest time in this week's New Idea magazine, on sale now.
Stella, who has penned a new memoir called It Will Get Better, says "When you go through tough times as a kid, you have to stick together and it really bonds you."
"I always felt I could rely on Stella," the Packed to the Rafters star tells New Idea exclusively.
"We’ve got that kind of bond and we’ve had that forever."
Read Stella and Rebecca's full interview in this week's New Idea magazine, on sale now
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