SAS Australia was rocked last night after a participant made a jaw-dropping comment about his famous dad.
The gruelling army training show features celebrities complete a mix of high-pressure physical challenges and psychological tests, including random interrogations by ex-SAS staff.
Last night Jackson Warne, son of legendary cricket spin bowler Shane Warne was dragged off to be peppered with questions and what came out shocked fans and staff alike.
When trainer Ant Middleton asked him why he had decided to come on the show, the 21-year-old admitted he was seeking to make his famous dad proud by pushing himself ‘to the absolute limit physically and mentally’.
But when Ant asked about living in his famous dad’s shadow, Jackson got a little more specific.
“It’s been pretty frustrating my whole life,” he said. “Whenever I walk into a room or meet someone it’s always, ‘Oh that’s Shane Warne’s son Jackson’. It’s never, ‘it’s Jackson’. I just want to be Jackson.”
The famous son admitted his dad’s fame made it hard to trust people, and that he struggled in social situations, something Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham urged him to leave behind.
“Drop that sh*t behind you and forget it, you have an opportunity,” he told the shivering Warne. “You’re hiding and slivering away and talking yourself out of it. Everyone is on an equal plate in there.”
Later in a piece to camera Jackson went even further.
“I kind of wish in another reality that I wasn’t Shane Warne’s son,” he said.
Jackson doubled down on the dad sledges this morning as well, telling Nova 96.9’s Fitzy and Wippa that he didn’t think his dad could have done the course, even in his cricket heyday.
“I don’t think he’d be able to jump out of the chopper, I don’t think he would’ve done initiation but the cardio and the lifting, he might have got into shape?” the son told the radio duo. “But even his cricketing days, he was fit, but he wasn’t SAS fit!”
It comes after other celebrities spilled their guts to the trainers as well, the combination of physical exhaustion and the show’s format leading them to be remarkably candid.
Candice Warner opened up about her 2007 ‘toilet tryst’ scandal with Sonny Bill Williams for the first time in a decade, while Schapelle Corby revealed the frightening psychotic episodes she suffered while incarcerated in Malaysia.
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