PR queen Roxy Jacenko has opened up about what life is like behind bars for her husband - and also revealed how his imprisonment has affected her young daughter, Pixie.
The day after appearing on 60 Minutes, where she discussed her cancer diagnosis, Jacenko spoke to Kyle and Jackie O on Kiss1065 FM.
She told the duo that she has visited her husband, Oliver Curtis, twice since he was convicted of fraud, and described prison as "not a nice place, it’s sad. It’s definitely not somewhere where you would choose to be.
"There's definitely no Foxtel," she said, before revealing that she regularly deposits money into Oliver's account so he can buy supplies. “I have to do two different deposits. I do $100 and then $30, because you can’t go over the amount…if you go over the amount you’re in strife!"
His next purchase is a doona.
Jacenko also revealed the biggest mistake she’s made since Oliver was convicted was putting Pixie on the phone to her father.
She told Kiss1065 FM: “I put Pixie on the phone to her dad, and it was her birthday, so I put her on the phone to him. The first thing she asked was ‘when are you coming home?’
“She cried for the whole day after that.”
The interview comes the day after 60 Minutes story on the PR queen. In it she was forced to defend the timing of her recent cancer diagnosis and said she doesn’t "give a f*** what they think on my timing."
In the candid interview, which saw cameras allowed into the operating theatre with Jacenko, she revealed she went against doctors advice to remove to have a mastectomy, opting to just remove the cancerous tumour instead.
“I think we also have to look at what has transpired in the last sort of six weeks of my life and making such rash and big decisions right now,” she told reporter Allison Langdon of her decision. “I don’t think I’m in the headspace to do it.”
“I suppose, unlike everything else in my life where I’ll go full pelt, it was, like, this one thing I wanted to do in, I suppose you could say, a phased approach rather than going, ‘OK, well, chop off my boobs’,” she added.
After being forced to defend herself for being paid for the 60 Minutes interview, Jacenko has revealed that she is donating all proceeds to three different charities.
“[It’s] extremely challenging as ultimately I put myself out there for everyone to attack,” she admitted. “On the flip side, among hundreds of nasty and threatening comments, it’s so incredible to have so many kind, caring and thoughtful messages of support on so many different levels from people I have never even met.”
“The reality is, after so much speculation I felt it was time to respond, and in doing so, as confronting as it was, knowing that I have helped three charities and a hospital with the full proceeds of the interviews I can go to bed tonight knowing I have done something that will help others and hopefully bring cures to a health issue that touches so many and has seen so many wonderful people lost.”
The charities include Breast Cancer Network Australia, Ovarian Cancer Australia, The Australian Gastro-Intestinal Cancer Trials Group and the Freemasons Epworth Hospital in Melbourne where she underwent surgery.