We're excited to introduce you to the pilot season of POPSUGAR Australia POPCAST, where we'll be exploring life after reality TV. Our host for the season is Big Brother alum Tim Dormer (you can read his welcome letter here) and in our first episode, Tim dives head-first into his own experience on reality TV — the highs, the lows, the aftermath of fame.
Episode one sets the tone for the season, as Tim lets listeners in on an emotionally-charged therapy session. Guided by professional psychologist Jacqui Manning, Tim reflects not only on the impact reality TV has had on his life, but how it led him to face his truth and celebrate his sexuality.
Raw and uncensored, Tim communicates his intention with listeners, which is to be a role model for young men and women living in rural areas who identify as LGBTQI+. Tim also shares how he came out to his family, friends and fans all at once after falling in love with his male best friend and now fiancé, Ash. "For me, it was instant. It wasn't brave or anything like that. I just wanted the public version of me to match the private version. Some people like wearing masks . . . that's never been me. I've always wanted to stand out and stay as true to myself as I could."
We're also privy to some of Tim's most significant memories from his time on the show, as he details what it was really like entering the show a regular person and emerging with 200,000+ fans.
"Big Brother is unique in the fact that other reality shows are usually filmed before they go to air, so you're watching the show as it goes to air, with your friends and family," he explains. "On Big Brother, you're excluded from the whole world. It's an isolated, really unreal environment, where you are totally unaware of how you're being perceived by the public. I just knew I wasn't getting evicted each week and I thought, 'Australia must either love me or hate me but love watching me,' because I was a bit of a pain in the neck in there.
"It's strange because you walk in an every day person, and you walk out into a world where people have watched you at your most vulnerable — even friends and family. I don't think you can get that relationship back where you are not infamous."
Listen to the first episode below, and stay tuned for the next installment, when Tim interviews his former Big Brother housemate Tully Smyth.