The singer opens up about meeting her family and starting one of her own.
It’s been 15 years since she became a household name and in that time Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan has gone on to forge a career as a singer, enjoyed a stint on I’m a Celebrity Get… Me Out of Here! and is soon to star in Chicago the musical. Speaking to WHO, the 30-year-old opens up about delving into her DNA on the SBS documentary Who Do You Think You Are?
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WHO: How was your time on show?
CASEY: There were a few tears here and there but it was a great experience. It was very eye-opening and emotional.
WHO: What was the most surprising thing you learned about yourself or your ancestors?
CASEY: I guess the biggest thing would be the resilience of the women in my lineage, really. The women are very, very strong, on both sides of the family [which made me think] ‘OK, I can get through this …’ I can see where I get that strength. In the end it was about my questions being answered and being comfortable in my own skin.
WHO: In a lot of family units stories are passed on by the elders, but you got a full-on and technical take on everything your family has been through in the past.
CASEY: Absolutely. Growing up, I didn’t really get that. My parents divorced [when I was young]; I’ve always known I was half indigenous and where my family were from, but not to this extent. It was really [amazing] to meet people from my family and hear people’s stories and voices.
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WHO: Do you consider having kids and passing on this information to tour kids in the future?
CASEY: Yeah definitely! I’ve got my own DNA! [In the test] It was very exciting to see Australia light up – not a lot of people can say that Australia is their home from a DNA perspective. And all the other places! I got places like Ireland, Wales and Sweden … I was like, 'really?'
WHO: How many kids do you want?
CASEY: I would love kids at one point; how I get there is another story.
WHO: No! I’m single to mingle.
You can read the rest of the article in this week's WHO Magazine
Abi MoustafaA word enthusiast, bold lipstick collector and avid pop culture junkie. Am inclined to chat politics but only after we discuss Mariah Carey's octave range.