Jack Vidgen spoke candidly about his complex relationship with his mother, Rachel Hayton, on Wednesday’s episode of I’m a Celebrity.
The singer, 23, broke down in tears as he started talking to his co-star Jess Eva about how much he missed his mum in the jungle.
In an emotional confession, Jack also revealed how the ‘power dynamic’ between him and Rachel changed when he won Australia’s Got Talent at the age of 14, and left him feeling like his family’s ‘breadwinner’.
Emotional: I’m A Celeb’s Jack Vidgen broke down in tears on the show on Wednesday as he revealed his strained relationship with his mother
Jack said he ‘resented’ the responsibility that fell on his shoulders, but now regrets how he treated his mother as a teenager.
‘I miss my mum,’ Jack said, before describing the single mother as a ‘caring and loving’ person.
‘She’s always worked three or four jobs just to keep a roof over our head,’ he added.
Candid: Jack also revealed that after he won Australia’s Got Talent at the tender age of 14, the ‘power dynamic’ between the pair changed and he felt like he was the ‘bread winner’ and was ‘parenting himself.’ Pictured with his mother Rachel Hayton
‘Our relationship has been hard over the years. When I won [Australia’s Got Talent], our dynamic completely switched and I was the breadwinner.’
Jack went on to say that he felt like he was ‘parenting himself’ for a few years.
‘There was nothing she could do but I almost felt like I was almost parenting myself. I have so much resentment now that I can’t control. I think in here I’m just reflecting on how I wish I’d treated her better,’ he said.
Jess comforted Jack and said his mother would have already forgiven him.
‘There was nothing she could do but I almost felt like I was almost parenting myself. I have so much resentment now that I can’t control. I think in here I’m just reflecting on how I wish I’d treated her better,’ he told co-star Jess Eva
‘Through a mum’s eyes, mum’s don’t think that, that’s what kids do, they say mean stuff to parents,’ Jess told him.
She made Jack smile when she said: ‘There wouldn’t be a mum on this planet that wouldn’t be proud of you, mate. My God, you’re gorgeous. I’d have you as a child. You’d have the best teeth in the family!’
Jack rose to fame as a fresh-faced teen on Australia’s Got Talent in 2011.
‘I miss my mum,’ Jack said, before describing the single mother as ‘caring, loving, the most generous mum ever’
Remember that? Jack rose to fame as a fresh-faced teen on Australia’s Got Talent back in 2011
In January last year, as he prepared to make his music comeback with the release of his single, he told Daily Mail Australia that appearing on the AGT felt ‘like a lifetime ago.’
Jack – who took part in The Voice in 2019 – admitted that he had to step away from the spotlight to ‘grow up’ before returning to the public eye.
‘It’s pretty insane looking back that it happened. It was an incredible experience and I’m so grateful for it.’
He said he also felt like his break away from the industry was worthwhile.
‘It was also so nice to have that break as well to chill out, grow up and be a kid for a little while and to come back over the last year,’ he explained.
‘I’ve been able to comeback into it after forming my own beliefs and onions and all that kind of thing and becoming an adult and stepping back into the public eye and to having a career in the music industry.’
Looking back: In January last year, as he prepared to make his music comeback with the release of his single, he told Daily Mail Australia that appearing on the AGT felt ‘like a lifetime ago’