This article contains graphic depictions of sexual assault.
On the new episode of Spotlight, “The Fame Game,” former Home and Away star Mat Stevenson makes a shocking admission.
Spotlight, which airs on Channel 7 and 7plus, examines the benefits and drawbacks of celebrity, as well as what happens to celebrities once their time in the spotlight is over.
On Channel 7, you can watch all of your favorite shows or stream them for free on 7plus >>
TV luminaries Tony Barber, Rowena Wallace, Greg Evans, and Mat Stevenson discuss their highs and lows of celebrity life, hosted by Ada Nicodemou and Cameron Daddo from Home and Away.
Brynne Edelsten, Ajay Rochester, Melissa Rawson, and Bryce Ruthven are among the most well-known performers who rose to stardom on reality television.
Mat starred as Adam Cameron on Home and Away from 1989 to 1994, and is best known for “killing off” Bobby in a boating accident.
When the topic of the “evil side of celebrity” is discussed on the Spotlight show, Mat mentions the death of his friend and co-star Dieter Brummer, who died last year after a mental health battle.
He then drops a bombshell by discussing a personal tragedy he had as a youth.
Matt confesses that he was drugged and sexually abused when he was 18, the day before landing a job on Neighbours.
For a long time, he “suppressed it and suffered in quiet,” he added.
“I’m a little nervous about opening up about my life because so few people know about it,” he says, “but if it helps someone, that whole notion of being vulnerable, then I’m all for it.”
“I was effectively drugged, assaulted, and carried into a spa, where I believed I’d drown, and then woke up naked somewhere.”
“I was eighteen.” The following day, I was cast in Neighbours.
“I was a really fit guy back then, too, but there’s nothing you can do when you’re paralyzed.”
Despite concealing the rape, Mat said the trauma manifested itself in harmful behaviors such as drinking and gambling.
“I basically wanted to get to the bottom as rapidly as possible,” he explains.
“Backing sluggish racehorses and drinking heavily are two vices that will quickly get you where you want to go.”
“And when I got to the bottom, I called my brother to rob him, and he asked, ‘Aren’t you tired of making s*** decisions?'”
“‘Yes,’ I said. Mate, I am. “I believe I am.”
‘I’m having a good time right now.’
Mat stated that he was in a good place after the shocking revelation.
He responds, “I got a bloody nice life now.”
“My most important duty has been as a father.
“I’ve made it through.” So Deit’s death tore a hole in my heart, and I don’t want to lose another guy.
“So, if you’re in pain, reach out,” she says.
“Yep. That’s the point.”