Farmer Brad Purdy appeared on this week’s premiere episode of new Channel Nine reality program This Time Next Year with the goal of finding a partner.
But first, the 36-year-old from Baradine, New South Wales sat down for lunch with his family members – four sisters, one brother and an uncle – to tell them the part of himself he’d never shared: he was gay.
“The only sad thing is that you haven’t been able to tell us,” one of his sisters said.
Uncle Mick got up from the table to give his nephew a big hug.
“In this day and age, there’s no difference. You’re only on this earth for a short amount of time, so you’ve got to be the person you want to be for the time that you’re here,” he told him.
But across the table, Brad’s brother Jeffrey was silent at first, but then said: “I had no idea… I sort of felt a bit to blame, because he thought I’d ‘go off’ or whatever.
“I love him to death, and nothing will change with me. Love him, and always will.”
Brad told the program he felt “massive relief” at getting such a warm reaction from his family.
“There was quite a few times there I felt like running, but we got there,” he said.
“It’s nice to wake up and think ‘What am I going to do today?’ instead of going over the last 20,000 lies you’ve told.”
— This Time Next Year (@9ThisTime) July 31, 2017