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Today Extra: Lisa Curry bursts into tears over daughter Jaimi


Lisa Curry bursts into tears on Today Extra after revealing the one thing she always carries to remember her late daughter Jaimi: ‘She’s never far away’

Lisa Curry broke down in tears during an emotional interview on Today Extra on Wednesday morning.

The emotional moment came after the Olympian, 59, revealed to hosts David Campbell and Sylvia Jeffreys that she has a thumb print of her late daughter Jaimi imprinted on a necklace, which she carries with her ‘always’.

Jaimi tragically died in September 2020 at the age of 33, following a lengthy battle with alcohol addiction and an eating disorder.

Heartache: Olympic swimmer Lisa Curry broke down in tears during an emotional interview on Today Extra on Wednesday morning

Heartache: Olympic swimmer Lisa Curry broke down in tears during an emotional interview on Today Extra on Wednesday morning

‘She’s never far away. She’s always around somehow,’ Lisa smiled. ‘This is a little gift that I gave to our whole family. It’s her thumb print that they took for us.

‘It’s always a reminder to look after yourself and live your best life.’

David then asked Lisa how she manages to lift herself back up in her darkest times, after first losing Jaimi and then her beloved mother Pat in April this year.

Tribute: In heartbreaking scenes, the 59-year-old revealed to hosts David Campbell and Sylvia Jeffreys that she has had a thumb print of her late daughter Jaimi made into a necklace, which she carries with her always

Tribute: In heartbreaking scenes, the 59-year-old revealed to hosts David Campbell and Sylvia Jeffreys that she has had a thumb print of her late daughter Jaimi made into a necklace, which she carries with her always

Loss: Jaimi tragically died in September 2020 at the age of 33, following a lengthy battle with alcohol addiction and an eating disorder

Loss: Jaimi tragically died in September 2020 at the age of 33, following a lengthy battle with alcohol addiction and an eating disorder

‘It’s… see, I can’t talk about it,’ Lisa responded, breaking down in tears. ‘It’s really hard. Every person that you pass on the street is probably going through a similar thing, but it’s not known because they’re not that public person.’

Taking a breath, she added: ‘I have to draw on every lesson I’ve learned through my career to try and get through.’

Lisa, who is now married to Mark Tabone, shares Jaimi with her ex-husband Grant Kenny.

She continued: ‘It’s difficult, as you can see. Grant hasn’t said anything, because he can’t. You can think you know what grief is, but until you’re in it it’s completely different.

‘I’ve had Mark by my side, and my kids, and Grant and if it wasn’t for them… some days you just, can’t.’

Loss: Lisa faced more heartache in April when her mother Pat died. (Jaimi and Pat are pictured)

Loss: Lisa faced more heartache in April when her mother Pat died. (Jaimi and Pat are pictured)

Family: Lisa (left) married Grant Kenny (right) in 1984, before the pair separated in 2009. They welcomed three children together: son Jett, 28, and daughters Morgan, 31, and Jaimi (centre)

Family: Lisa (left) married Grant Kenny (right) in 1984, before the pair separated in 2009. They welcomed three children together: son Jett, 28, and daughters Morgan, 31, and Jaimi (centre)

Jaimi was receiving treatment for an eating disorder at the time of her death.

She died at Sunshine Coast University Hospital surrounded by her family, including her Olympian mother and Ironman father.

Lisa and Grant married in 1984, separated in 2009 and welcomed three children together: son Jett, 28, and daughters Morgan, 31, and Jaimi.

The retired competitive swimmer married Elvis impersonator Mark in 2018.

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Love story: The retired competitive swimmer married Elvis impersonator Mark Tabone in 2018

Love story: The retired competitive swimmer married Elvis impersonator Mark Tabone in 2018

Who is Lisa Curry? 

  • A former competitive swimmer and Ironwoman, Lisa has won 30 international swimming medals
  • As a swimmer, she represented Australia 16 times from 1977 to 1992
  • Lisa competed in three Olympic Games – Moscow (1980), Los Angeles (1984) and Barcelona (1992) 
  • The Brisbane-born star was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985
  • Turning her hand to reality TV, Lisa starred in Channel Nine’s The Celebrity Apprentice Australia in 2011
  • In 2017, she joined Network Ten’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! 
  • Lisa married former Ironman and Olympic bronze medallist Grant Kenny in 1984. They separated in May 2009 
  • They share three children including Jaimi, son Jett, 28, and daughter Morgan, 31 
  • She announced her engagement to entertainer Mark Tabone in October 2016. They wed in May 2018

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