She is not one to mince words, but Jackie Gillies still had to learn to find her voice. Growing up in Newcastle as a child of strict Croatian parents, she was bullied in school.
“I was called a wog and had rocks thrown at me,” she says.
At 21, she became depressed when an emotionally abusive relationship ended. Having always known she could communicate with spirits, she didn’t fully accept her psychic gift until she hit rock bottom.
“I needed to start taking responsibility for me,” she says. “Now, I say: ‘Don’t let the past define you — let it inspire you’.”
Jackie is now one of the country’s top psychic mediums. She is also a star of Real Housewives Of Melbourne and has featured in I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! raising funds for the Moira Kelly Creating Hope Foundation, which helps women and children in need.
She lives in Inner-city Melbourne in a home she refers to as ‘my tranquil environment’ that she shares with her husband, former Silverchair drummer Ben Gillies.
“I just feel blessed that I have a husband who unconditionally supports me with whatever I do, and that’s what a soulmate is. That is the truth. We have been married for eight wonderful years.”
Writing her first book, Shine It Up, has been cathartic.
“This is my true account of what I have experienced. By removing myself from toxic situations, I have created the life I have today,” says Jackie.
More: Shine It Up, Hachette Australia, $32.99