Kyle Sandilands recalls the heartbreaking moment he stole flowers from a cemetery to give his mum on Mother’s Day when he was homeless
Kyle Sandilands has shared a heartbreaking story from his days as a homeless youth – recalling how he stole flowers from a cemetery to give to his mum Pam on Mother’s Day.
The 50-year-old, who is now an incredibly successful radio host, businessman and millionaire, spent more than nine months living on the street in Sydney when he was 15-years-old.
Leaving the bouquet at the home of his estranged family, Kyle found out soon after that his father had sold the house and they had moved away.
Emotional: Kyle Sandilands shared a heartbreaking story from his days as a homeless youth on his KIIS FM radio show on Friday – recalling how he stole flowers from a cemetery to give to his mum on Mother’s Day
Kyle told the moving story during his KIIS FM breakfast show on Friday.
A clearly shocked Jackie ‘O’ Henderson, 47, interrupted her co-host as he explained what happened: ‘You’re saying that your mum kicked you out and you still gave her flowers on Mother’s Day?’
‘I left them [the flowers] in the middle of the night,’ Kyle said.
‘I stole them from the cemetery.’
Family trouble: The 50-year-old, who is now a successful radio host, businessman and millionaire, spent more than nine months living on the street when he was 15 years-old. He is pictured here, far right, with his mother Pam and brother Chris
After returning a few days later, Kyle discovered the flowers were still sitting where he had left them.
‘That’s when I looked through the window and I realised all the furniture was gone and there was a sold sign out front,’ he explained.
Kyle said that the gesture was intended to ‘break the ice’ with his family.
Touched: After hearing Kyle’s story on Friday’s story Jackie ‘O’ Henderson said it was the first time she ever felt sorry for her co-host
‘I thought ”Oh, well. there’s no going back now…family’s gone, they’ll soldier on without me”,’ he recalled.
‘That’s so sad,’ said a clearly touched Jackie.
‘That’s the first time I felt sorry for you.’
An outraged Kyle replied, ‘I was living in a pile of cardboard boxes.’
Just joking! Later Kyle teased his co-host by joking that the only suffering she has ever undergone was child birth
Later Kyle teased his co-host by joking that the only suffering she has ever undergone was child birth.
Kyle became homeless after his parents split and his mother soon found love with an older man, who later became his stepfather.
After throwing a rowdy house party at the age of 15, he fled his family home on his bike.