Celebrity eyebrow artist Kristin Fisher has spoken out for the first time about her cocaine conviction, lamenting she was enduring the most challenging time in her life.
The glamorous 36-year-old was referring to months of lockdown which have affected her hugely-popular eyebrow salon in Sydney’s Double Bay.
‘I’m just a small businessperson and it’s been bloody tough with no income in lockdown … and the bills keep coming in, rent is $30,000 a month which I still owe from last year, my general manager died this year, I’m a single mum … it’s a lot,’ she told Private Sydney.
Fisher has steadily worked her way up to being the go-to brow technician for Sydney’s celebrity crowd, and has notched up an impressive list of socialite friends through her years in the industry.
And away from her professional life, the mother-of-two has had a tumultuous 18-months. She has lost a close friend and workmate to suicide, dealt with romance rumours, endured a hard lockdown and, to top it off, was caught with cocaine.
Fisher was convicted and fined $550 after she failed to appear in court charged with possessing a prohibited drug and failing to comply with public health orders
Nadia Fairfax quietly unfollowed Fisher and, as of recently, Fisher no longer has access to her former best pal’s private Instagram account
She was convicted of drug possession last week after failing to show up in court, but claims she was never received a notice to attend and hopes to have the conviction annulled.
‘The policewoman, who recognised me and said I was the “eyebrow girl”, gave me a tiny piece of paper and told me to expect something in the mail. I stuck it on the fridge, I have kids … it disappeared, and I never received anything about going to court,’ Fisher explained.
‘I am not a bad person … for God’s sake I raised $250,000 for the bushfire victims, but no one wants to write about that.’
Fisher’s idea of struggling in lockdown may be different to most people with the socialite regularly taking to social media and uploading photos of expensive lunches.
Shaved truffle spaghetti and gourmet pizzas are among some of her luxury indulgences.
In one photo, Fisher even boasted of a picnic where she ate lunch provided by NOMAD – a fancy restaurant where sample banquets cost as much as $95. That was not including the $50 bottle of wine that was photographed resting on the picnic blanket.
Fisher first found herself in the headlines back in June 2020, when she was forced to address whispers about her close relationship with leading hairdresser Tom Cole.
The pair had been spotted getting cosy at the ritzy Intercontinental Hotel, a stone’s throw from both their businesses.
Confusingly, the hotel rendezvous came only months after Fisher boasted on social media she and husband Chris Barnes had renewed their wedding vows while on holiday in Las Vegas.
Fisher shared photos of the impromptu ceremony, revealing they had a maid of honour and best man join them, and the group dined on Chinese food for the reception.
In one photo, Fisher even boasted of a picnic where she ate lunch provided by NOMAD – a fancy restaurant where sample banquets cost as much as $95. That was not including the $50 bottle of wine that was photographed resting on the picnic blanket
Even some of her closest allies (pictured with Fairfax) appear to have distanced themselves in the wake of her latest controversy
Just 11 months earlier, Fisher renewed her vows in Las Vegas with Chris Barnes after 10 years together and seven years married
But after word spread of her close relationship with Cole, Fisher revealed she’d separated from Barnes within months of returning home from the United States.
She said at the time the split was amicable for the sake of their two children, Eddie and Lila, and both parties maintained they will forever be a ‘family’ despite going separate ways.
Both her and Cole maintained they had separated from their partners at the time.
In January 2021, Fisher endured a personal tragedy when her staff member and close friend, Michele Singh, took her own life hours after the pair had dinner together.
Fisher had hosted a dinner at Sean’s Panaroma in Bondi for her staff on the evening of January 17, posting several photos on Instagram of the happy occasion and thanking her employees for a ‘big year’.
Tragically, Ms Singh died alone in her home later that night. Police confirmed it was a suicide.
The couple shared photos of the impromptu ceremony after the fact, revealing they had a maid of honour and best man and dined on Chinese food for the reception
In January 2021, Fisher endured a personal tragedy when one of her close friends, Michele Singh (pictured togther), took her own life hours after the pair had dinner together
The duo were dining with friends at Sean’s Panaroma in Bondi on the evening of January 17 and the catch up was no different to any other
Fisher occasionally speaks on the heartache she felt after learning of the tragedy, revealing she was a ‘one in a trillion’ friend who ‘was so adored and cherished by all’.
‘You’ve left a gaping hole in so many hearts and I will forever be grateful that you came into my life… I will cherish our friendship forever,’ she said in a moving tribute two days after Ms Singh’s death.
Fisher kept a relatively low profile for a few months in early 2021, before a shock Covid case in mid-June sparked widespread lockdowns and business closures.
After eight weeks without work, a fed-up Fisher announced she’d be taking her business to the local park and servicing her fully-vaxxed clients, exploiting an apparent loophole in the Covid public health orders.
Cole’s wife Mariah Roata was blindsided when customers told her of Fisher’s alleged rendezvous’ with her husband. The pair publicly called time on their marriage shortly after (Tom and Mariah pictured at their Bali wedding)
Fisher first found herself in the headlines back in June 2020, when she was forced to deny whispers she was having an affair with leading hairdresser Tom Cole (pictured after a hair appointment at his salon)
The move was lauded as ‘genius’ among some of her most high profile clients, many of whom offered their word that they’d be there.
Local council told Daily Mail Australia at the time there was little that could be done to stop the move, given police are the only people who can enforce the murky rules.
She spoke of her business struggles just last week, insisting she wasn’t complaining but it had been ‘the most challenging time of [my] life’.
‘Imagine owning a business, that you’ve worked so hard at for 10+ years, and all of a sudden your entire revenue is cut in half,’ she said.
‘You and your employees are now on the dole. We all have rents and mortgages to pay. I have children to feed also. This has been hands down the most challenging time of my life. Because I’m alive, my family are healthy and we have the end in sight now.’
What her clients didn’t know was that Fisher was simultaneously dealing with a crisis entirely separate to keeping her business afloat.
On July 17 patrol officers had pulled over a Kia Rio travelling down Curlewis Street in Bondi.
What began as a routine traffic stop quickly shifted when police noticed Fisher ‘frantic’ in the passenger seat, trying to avoid police’ gaze and scrambling to get out of the car.
At her feet lay two bags of cocaine.
In a happier life update, Fisher debuted her new romance with Jack Mann in September of this year, sharing several sweet snaps together at the beach
Brooke Moody (pictured) was arrested alongside celebrity eyebrow artist Kristin Fisher after police found them both in possession of cocaine during a traffic stop in Bondi on July 17
The driver, later identified as 19-year-old private school graduate Brooke Moody, couldn’t provide her passenger’s name or a valid excuse for being outside of her own local government area.
Both women were fined with breaching Covid health orders, while Fisher was charged with drug possession offences and Moody accused of being her dealer.
The scandal slipped under the radar undetected for months until September 21, when Fisher was convicted in absence for drug possession.
Her solicitor Michael Bowe hopes to have her conviction annulled when the matter returns to Waverley Court on October 6.
Fisher insists she wasn’t aware of the court date and would have been present if she had known, Mr Bowe said.
What happened? Fisher and Fairfax unfollowed each other on Instagram at about this time, but it’s unclear why. Pictured: screenshots demonstrating the women don’t follow each other
Fairfax’s wedding to Michael Wayne was one of the society events of the year. The warring socialites are pictured in the centre of this photo, with Fisher in the lilac dress
As news spread of Fisher’s conviction, some of her celebrity friends began to distance themselves.
Blogger Nadia Fairfax, who was regularly at Fisher’s side, quietly unfollowed her on Instagram account as rumours swirled the former besties had had a ‘big falling out’.
Fairfax responded with a carefully worded statement that she continued to ‘wish her well’.
Fashion designer Pip Edwards also appears to no longer be following Fisher’s personal Instagram, though the pair remain connected on the Kristin Fisher Eyebrows business page.
In a happier life update, Fisher debuted her new romance with Jack Mann in September, sharing several sweet snaps together at the beach.
TIMELINE OF KRISTIN FISHER’S TUMULUOUS 18-MONTHS
August 2019: Fisher renews her vows with Chris Barnes in Las Vegas after 10 years as a couple and seven years married.
June 2020: Fisher was forced to deny rumours she had an affair with her hairdresser, Tom Cole.
She revealed she’d separated from her husband months after returning home from the United States and that Cole was also no longer with his wife.
January 2021: Fisher’s close friend and former staff member Michele Singh dies by suicide hours after the pair had dinner together.
July 2021: Fisher is caught with cocaine at her feet inside a teenage drug dealer’s car, in breach of Covid lockdown public health orders.
August 2021: Celebrity brow artist reveals she will start treating clients in a Double Bay park after finding an apparent loophole in the Covid restrictions.
12 September, 2021: Fisher goes public with her new boyfriend, Jack Mann, by sharing sweet snaps on Instagram.
21 September, 2021: Fisher is convicted of drug possession in Waverley Local Court after failing to appear. Her lawyer reveals they will be seeking to have the conviction overturned.
28 September, 2021: It is revealed Fisher and her former best friend, socialite Nadia Fairfax, no longer follow each other on Instagram.