Jimmy Barnes shock admissions in autobiography

If you’re a Jimmy Barnes, then no doubt you’re looking forward to the release of his autobiography Working Class Boy

If you’re a Jimmy Barnes, then no doubt you’re looking forward to the release of his autobiography Working Class Boy today.

Excerpts released of the book reveal a saddening, shocking insight into the legendary singer’s childhood – and if you’ve been in the same situation, you’re sure to relate to it.

The excerpts published in various media outlets reveal Barnes’ emotionally violent childhood with his abusive and alcoholic father.

In a time when domestic violence is in the spotlight, Barnes shines a light on the domestic violence he endured as child.

The 60-year-old revealed he and his three siblings would hide in a small cupboard for hours while their parents fought.

‘Broken glass and smashed furniture was all that was left of our lives. That and the sound of Mum crying in the bedroom again,’ Barnes writes.

‘We spent a lot of time in there. I remember it was dark and with the door shut it was hard to hear a lot of what was going on outside.

‘Some nights we were in the cupboard for hours waiting for the battle to subside, other nights we couldn’t leave the cupboard at all.’

While he never saw his father his hit mother, Barnes wrote about finding his mother in tears and bruises.

He revealed the arguments would get ‘more intense, more extreme, and we were in more danger’.

The singer has really opened about the memories of his turbulent childhood recently, including a recent interview with his son David Campbell for Stellar magazine.

‘I remembered the kids, my sisters hiding my mum under a bed, battered and bruised,’ he said.

‘My dad was a quiet assassin. He was really charming and smiley and softly spoken, but he could knock you out in a second and he did when I was near her, in her arms.’

And the most shocking part of it all, Barnes admits he thought domestic violence ‘behaviour’ was normal for a marriage, until his mother left his father.

While he didn’t dwell on his childhood at the time, Barnes said it all came flooding back to him when he started working on his autobiography.

Are you pleased to see Jimmy Barnes speaking out about domestic violence? Did you have a similar experience as a child?

  1. Glenys  

    I think those who lived in that era have similar stories . I am the youngest of my siblings , and we spent our weekends hiding in the park bushes around the corner , or in the old abandoned house near by , to escape the fighting . It was a regular occurrence for us to run to the local police station to get them to come down and calm dad down .We never had friends over after school , or weekends . I remember once being asleep in bed and my mother came in to sleep with me , to escape him and dad put the hose through the window and soaked us both . Over the years he broke her nose and she was always bruised and battered. I remember walking in on her one day cutting her wrists in the bathroom (I was only 6- 7 probably) .As my brother got up in age to around 8 or 9 dad started to hit him ,he never hit the others , just him and I think that made mum take a good hard look at the situation. I think she accepted him hitting her but once he started on one of the kids that was different. So when I was around 8 they split up , which was hard for a woman with 7 children to do in those days as there wasnt much help out there like there is now days. Thank goodness for the help of the various food parcels from churches . After dad left I didnt see him again till my early teens. Im one of the lucky ones as I was the youngest so my memories are vague , but my older siblings still talk about the bad times when they go down memory lane.

    • Sheila Abrahamsson  

      Glenys, your story horrified me. It made me realise how lucky I was to grow up a household where violence never reared its ugly head. I’m so sorry that you don’t have a happy childhood to look back on.

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