Pop star Kate Miller-Heidke has revealed a storyline on Home and Away gave her the strength to come forward to her family and tell of her own abuse.
The singer-songwriter, 40, who addressed the years-long ordeal in her song You Can’t Hurt Me Anymore, recently outed her abuser as her great grandfather Archibald Barnes.
Kate was an 11-year-old fan of the popular soap when she saw a disturbing reflection of her own experience, she told the Daily Telegraph over the weekend.
Courageous: Pop star Kate Miller-Heidke has revealed that it was a storyline on Home & Away that gave her the strength to come forward to her family and tell of her own abuse
The episodes concerned a paedophile victim finding the courage to their parents about their abuse.
‘I just went to my room and cried all night,’ she recalled, ‘and then finally got the guts to tell my mum what happened.’
Barnes was later discovered to be a serial paedophile who had abused granddaughter Kate for three years between the ages of six and four.
The popular singer-songwriter said recently on Instagram that You Can’t Hurt Me Anymore was about ‘about dancing on the grave of an a**ehole.’
She posted a further message explaining the story behind the song.
‘[My great-grandfather] was a paedophile and a serial offender. I wasn’t the first or the last. (Although obviously my family didn’t know it at the time, and didn’t find out until some years later.)’
‘This song is about how I felt when he died. Ultimately it’s a really empowering song to sing.’
Brave: Kate was an 11 year old fan of the popular soap Hame and Away when she saw a disturbing reflection of her own experience she told the Daily Telegraph at the weekend
The Brisbane-born artist also credited the women who had helped to inspire her to come out with her story.
‘I probably wouldn’t have been so open about this without the examples of Grace Tame and Brittany Higgins, but the most important inspiration was Jaguar Jonze, with whom I had a very deep conversation the morning this song was written,’ she said.
‘She described some very shocking things that happened to her as a child, and I felt very connected to her, and full of admiration for her resilience too – that’s when the song title You Can’t Hurt Me Anymore popped into my head.’
Named and shamed: The singer-songwriter, 40, who addressed the years-long assault in her song You Can’t Hurt Me Anymore