Roxy Jacenko has sensationally admitted to ‘living on alcohol and drugs’ during the 12 months her husband Oliver Curtis spent in jail after being convicted of insider trading in June 2016.
And despite managing to maintain her business empire, care for their two children and battle breast cancer while Oliver was locked up, the true extent of the PR queen’s dangerous lifestyle was only fully revealed this weekend.
Sitting down for an interview with Channel Seven’s Sunday Night, Roxy confessed: ‘I started living a life very quickly as soon as Oli went to jail that was fast. And that was drinking too much and consuming things that I shouldn’t have been consuming.’
Downward spiral: Roxy Jacenko has sensationally admitted to ‘living on alcohol and drugs’ during the 12 months her husband Oliver Curtis spent in jail after being convicted of insider trading in June 2016. She is pictured here partying with ex-boyfriend Nabil Gazal in April 2017
Roxy’s downward spiral: Party pictures appear to show the moment PR queen ‘lost her marbles’ and began ‘living on alcohol and drugs’ while her husband Oliver Curtis was in jail. Pictured: Roxy during her Sunday Night confession
A look back at a series of photos of Roxy appear to document this turbulent period in her life.
The wild party snaps capture a moment in time when Roxy was living ‘too fast’ and on the verge of a mental breakdown.
In April 2017, Roxy was captured kissing her ex-boyfriend Nabil Gazal at a post-dinner party held at his luxury apartment.
The sensational snaps showed the PR maven in an intimate embrace with the millionaire property developer, after the pair enjoyed a dinner with friends earlier in the evening.
Not concerned at hiding any affection, fellow revelers inside the apartment were seen looking on as Roxy and Nabil leaned in to kiss before dancing the night away.
That night: Sensational photographs show Nabil and Roxy kissing as they partied at his place in April 2017
Meanwhile, Roxy, who has relied upon social media to build her multiple businesses, also used it to document her nights out while Oliver was serving his prison sentence.
While she looked perfectly carefree surrounded by friends and younger colleagues in the photos, she now refers to her behaviour around this time as ‘going rogue’.
Posing with expensive cocktails and wearing designer clothes, Roxy’s daily life as a felon’s spouse looked deceptively glamorous.
But for the blonde entrepreneur, no filter or witty caption could disguise the heartbreak that was hiding behind each of her party posts.
The 38-year-old, who previously described the public relations industry as ‘fast, celebrity-packed and sparkly’, soon found this very lifestyle driving her downward spiral.
Cocktail hour: Roxy and her employee Gemma Oldfield are seen enjoying cocktails in January 2017 during a trip away in Hawaii
Night out with the girls: Roxy is pictured enjoying a night out with the girls in February 2017 while her husband is still in jail
Worrying: Clutching bottles of champagne, posing with expensive cocktails and wearing designer clothes, Roxy’s daily life was deceptively glamorous. She is seen enjoying drinks at The Establishment with her girlfriends in February 2017
During Oliver’s time in prison, Roxy’s life was a mixture of stress, partying and struggling to stay on top of the empire she’d spent over a decade building – with new clients drying up during this difficult period.
‘I would go out, and I’d come home at all hours of the morning. I basically lost my marbles,’ Roxy said on Sunday Night, before breaking down in tears.
She then bravely admitted there was even a moment when she contemplated suicide, saying, ‘I was very close to standing at The Gap’.
Still working: While she was experiencing inner turmoil while her husband was behind bars, Roxy was putting on a brave face and still attending work events and charity functions
Nights out: Roxy enjoys a night out at Mai Tai bar while she struggles to cope with her husband in jail
It was only her children – Pixie, seven, and Hunter, four – that prevented her from taking her own life at the Eastern Suburbs clifftop.
The ‘nights out’ while her husband was serving time then culminated in a car accident which Roxy claims to not remember.
Speaking of the incident, Roxy said: ‘I remember driving Oli’s car and parking it and then the next day going downstairs and looking at it, and it was all smashed up.
‘And I was like, “I don’t even remember how I did it”.’
She loves a good party! Roxy has always posted party snaps like this one to her Instagram page, but during that year she was separated from Ollie she was struggling
Honest: Roxy sensationally admitted to ‘living on alcohol and drugs’ during the 12 months her husband Oliver spent in jail after being convicted of insider trading in June 2016. Pictured: Roxy accompanying her husband during his trial in Sydney on June 17, 2016
Of course, Roxy is no stranger to partying.
During the early days of her PR career and long before her husband’s legal troubles, she was a noted socialite who often found herself in newspaper gossip columns.
It is strongly rumoured that the self-made millionaire even held down a part-time job at Sydney’s Goodbar on Oxford Street simply as a way to make influential contacts.
She would apparently take advantage of her social connections to grow her fledgling public relations empire.
High-profile friendships with ‘It girls’ like British model Gabrielle Richens and Elle Macpherson’s sister Mimi in the early 2000s established her as a social butterfly.
Socialite: Of course, Roxy is no stranger to partying. During the early days of her PR career and long before her husband’s legal troubles, she was a noted socialite who often found herself in newspaper gossip columns
And her romance with notorious ladies’ man Dwight Yorke proved she wasn’t afraid to walk on the wild side despite her reputation as a no-nonsense businesswoman.
Roxy was once even involved a nightclub punch-up with her younger sister Ruby, who assaulted her during an A-list event she was hosting.
‘When [Roxy] grabbed me on the wrist to tell me that I shouldn’t be there, I just saw red and punched her,’ Ruby later said of the attack.
However, these days both Roxy and Oliver’s lives are somewhat different.
After serving 12 months of his two-year sentence, Oliver walked free from jail and was immediately taken to a private jet where Roxy and his family awaited.
And while Roxy is still a regular on the Sydney party scene, she has put her ‘nervous breakdown’ and hard partying behind her and is back to her best.
Most recently she released her fourth book, Roxy’s Little Black Book of Tips and Tricks, and purchased a new $6.5million family home in Sydney’s Vaucluse.
Back to normal: Following Oliver’s release from prison last year, the married couple are back to their best. Roxy has moved on from her ‘breakdown’ and now parties in moderation
Family first: Roxy and Oliver pictured with their children Pixie, seven, and Hunter, four