While his sister is an Australian multi-millionaire film star who lives in an English nobleman’s house, but for Cate Blanchett’s brother from Melbourne – life has become difficult.
Robert Blanchett, 51, opened the door to his Clifton Hill flat just wide enough for him to be able to peer out.
Based only 4 km from the heart of Melbourne, Mr Blanchett’s life cannot be different from his mega-star sister, who is reportedly worth $ 85 million and has appeared in a series of blockbusters.
“I am not a public figure,” he told the Australian Daily Mail.
But he was recently in the spotlight when Radaronline – a US celebrity website – reported he was alienated from his famous sibling.
Walking with the help of a walking skeleton, and apparently suffering from minor defects, Blanchett was found ‘struggling to stand at the bus stop’, the publication wrote.
Radar claimed to interview him ‘in his shabby house’ where he told the publication: ‘People called before thinking I was my father, but he died 40 years ago.
Asked if he was in contact with his siblings, he said: ‘Come on, now! He has a team that makes people comfortable in his name. But I’m not one of them.
Just a stone’s throw from trendy Fitzroy, Clifton Hill is not a ghetto and in the past years has been called the ‘Toorak of Collingwood’.
Born to Australian real estate teacher and promoter June Gamble and American advertising director Robert DeWitt Blanchett Jr., Blanchett was only 10 years old when her father died.
Her mother never remarried and her grandmother came to help her mother.
When they were kids, Mrs. Blanchett looked after her brother and made sure he was well, said former teacher Kathy Hutchens at Radar.
She graduated from the National Theater Institute of Australia in 1992 and, in just over a year, was acclaimed by both criticism and popularity.
Since then, she has won two Oscars and is one of the highest paid women in Hollywood.
In 2015, Ms. Blanchett and her husband-playwright-director, Andrew Upton, sold their “Bulwarra” from Sydney to Hunters Hill for $ 14 million and settled in the UK, where they purchased a $6million mansion an hour south of London.
Built in 1890, this 5-hectare property has its own ballroom and was formerly inhabited by Dr Who actor Tom Baker and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes.