Gale breaks silence on brother’s death
Megan Gale has spoken for the first time about her brother's death, revealing the "huge shock" his loss was.
In a video posted to her Instagram, Megan thanked her followers for their "beautiful messages" and said she was "not amazing but doing OK".
"It appears it's highly unusual for people to be off Instagram this long and it's often an indicator that things aren't good," she said.
"While things haven't been great in my life the last couple of months I am OK, so thank you for your beautiful messages and your concern but I'm fine, I just needed some time away."
Megan said her absence on social media had been her way of processing her brother's death away from the spotlight.
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Well it’s been a while. I hope everyone has been keeping well. I thought I’d jump on and have a bit of a chat. It’s been probably the hardest couple of months of my life and I honestly have had no desire to post anything. Even this felt foreign to me. What I’ve been through in recent times certainly wasn’t the most positive of experiences to document and I most certainly couldn’t fathom the thought of turning my circumstances into content. That just seemed so very wrong. To everyone who has messaged me in regards to my brother and asked if I’m ok, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am fine. Not amazing but doing ok. And so thankful for so much. ♥️🙏🏼✨
"It was a huge shock. Something that I'm still working through and processing," she said. "And I guess being a public person meant that it was everywhere - which comes with the territory unfortunately and I couldn't control that.
"But what I could control was how I tapped into that and I chose to disconnect from all media including social."
Tragically, Jason's death meant that Megan and her mother had to hop on a plane from Melbourne to Perth and go through two weeks of hotel quarantine before attending his funeral.
Megan said the decision to travel had been a difficult one, as she didn't want to cause more media attention or be away from her young children and fiance for a month.
"I had a very short period of time to make the decision to travel over, because travelling over meant hotel quarantine for two weeks and then planning the funeral and attending the funeral, so I knew that I could be a month away from my kids and my man," she said.
"And I also knew that by going to Perth that I would be responsible for risking there being more media attention and more focus on it, which I didn't want to do. I already felt bad enough, that I'd be the cause of that."
While hotel quarantine had been "very basic" and Megan had to spend her birthday in isolation, she said the experience had left her with new-found gratitude for the simple things in life.
Melbourne's stage four lockdown seemed "luxurious" by comparison because you could still make your own food and go for walks, Megan said.
Megan ended her video by saying she doesn't know how often she will be posting on social media but she was "grateful" to be with loved ones.
"I'm still working through some stuff. But I'm happy and I'm grateful to be with my family in my home," she said.
Originally published as Gale breaks silence on brother's death