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Jackie Gillies’ favourite things

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“I have photos of Ben everywhere. I love looking at his face when he’s not around.” Photos: Jeremy Piper

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.

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This perfume was one of the first things I bought when I started making my own money. It’s about being independent

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’.”

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When I came out of the jungle, I didn’t know what to expect, but my psychic shows had sold out. I wore these shoes every day – I felt guided by angels

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.

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I scoff these like there is no tomorrow. They are totally my obsession

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.”

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My grandmother wasn’t a blood relative, but she was like a mother figure for my mum. I feel honoured to wear her rings

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