“It’d be far too expensive to divorce,” the irreverent blonde jokes.
A whole new layer of privacy was removed when the couple – who were unable to have more children due to Jacenko’s cancer treatment – agreed to film reality TV show I Am Roxy, which aired during Ten’s pilot week. While they wait to hear if it has been green-lit for a full season, Jacenko isn’t sure what she wants to happen.
“Did I love it? No, it’s not what I’m used to,” she admits. “But I will say it was a very good opportunity because from that I got lots of ambassadorial roles.”
In fact, Jacenko has most recently collaborated with luxury brand Nicholas Haywood Jewellery Concierge to create Roxy Jacenko Fine Jewellery, all limited edition.
With no topic off limits, the controversial couple open up about their lives when the cameras stop rolling.
How did you guys fall in love?
Jacenko: It was his sister’s fault and he was engaged! But then he saw me, and knew he was making a dreadful mistake. If only I’d had hindsight on my side. I thought I was marrying Richie Rich. Richie Rich ended up in jail!
But haven’t you always made your own money?
Jacenko: I’ve always been self-sufficient. It’s not something people are used to from a girl. It’s ridiculous because if I wasn’t self-sufficient, when s--t goes south, I’d have nothing. But because I’m self-sufficient, I always maintained my own life and my own business, we were OK when s--t did go south. I could never be the girl who puts her hand out and hopes someone’s going to give me money. It’s just not my thing.
Curtis: But you’ve never had that. You had a job when you were 14.
Jacenko: I was a McDonald’s Drive-Thru girl.
Given you’re married to a such powerful and successful woman, would you consider yourself a feminist, Oliver?
Curtis: I wouldn’t go that far.
Jacenko: I will not be wearing an “I’m a feminist” T-shirt anytime soon, just so we’re clear.
Curtis: No, I wouldn’t quite call myself a feminist either. She’s incredibly successful at what she does. So, the sheer fact that I sit in the background a little bit and play a supporting role doesn’t necessarily mean I’m feminist, I’m simply supporting my wife and supporting the person I love.
Jacenko: A lot of people ask me the question... girls aren’t earning what they should earn. Personally, I’ve never experienced that. I think you will earn, and you’re given whatever position you’re worthy of, no matter whether you’re a girl or a guy, and as long as you can match what the guy’s doing in terms of workload, it doesn’t make
You recently opened up about your struggles with an eating disorder, why?
Jacenko: Very honestly, one of the things was when he went to jail, I lost a lot of weight because I was indulging in a life that was not particularly conducive to [being healthy].
So, you were in a bad place?
Jacenko: Remember, I had cancer. He was in jail. I was living an unhealthy life and everything around me was falling down. I started taking a drug called Tamoxifen, which is a cancer blocker, and that makes you put weight on and then they give you an antidepressant to counteract the fact your mind goes absolutely nuts from this medicine. So yes, I started to put the weight back on, but I was also living a life where I ate six salmon mini rolls all day. I couldn’t sustain that, and I was going to the gym every day without fail. I was obsessed.
Are you well now?
Jacenko: Yeah, fine. I still take those drugs. If I don’t take that cancer blocker, because of the type of cancer I had, the recurrence rate level is very high so I’m on that for 10 years. It makes you go absolutely batty! It forces you into menopause. And it makes you eat nonstop. I try to avoid taking it and [Oliver] puts it down in front of me. [He’s ] like, “Better take your medicine or you’re going to be a fricking lunatic for the rest of the day”.
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