Miranda Kerr's family feud

Last updated 16:37 11/02/2014
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NOW & THEN: Kerr on the catwalk for Stella McCartney last year, and with her once-close family when she was younger.

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Miranda Kerr's family have publicly pleaded with the star to come home.

In the latest episode of Family Confidential, airing on ABC1 on Tuesday, Kerr's family say they haven't seen the model or her son Flynn in over a year.

Kerr's mother Therese, father John, her brother Matthew and grandmother Ann all speak candidly about their relationship with the model, who they say is becoming more and more distant.

John Kerr says it was actually Orlando Bloom who told him over the phone that the couple were getting a divorce after three years of marriage.

"I remember him saying 'we're always going to be family' and that's how we'll treat Orlando, Miranda and Flynn. We're all family," John Kerr says.

The former Victoria's Secret Angel and Bloom split late last year and there are rumours that Kerr, the newly signed face of international brand H&M, is dating Australian billionaire James Packer.

Therese Kerr, who parted ways with Kerr's skincare line Kora Organics last year, says her daughter's life has changed so much since she moved to New York.

"Miranda's life is so different now [and] she's surrounded by 'yes' people all the time. It's so important for me to be real, to be true, to be who she needs me to be."

Therese Kerr, who started her own rival beauty line Divine by Therese Kerr, says she is struggling with the distance between her and her 30-year-old daughter.

"We have been best friends for most of our life. We used to talk just about every day," Therese Kerr says.

"What I have to do is let go and allow her to be assertive and lead her own life. And I guess for any mum that's a little bit challenging sometimes to do that."

Kerr's grandmother Ann says she hopes Miranda and Flynn will call Australia home again soon.

"I miss the baby and I think he's missing out on family, that closeness that we have always had," says Ann, who accompanied her granddaughter to interviews and photo shoots.

"It's very nice where they are but nothing like Australia, nothing, and I think hopefully Flynn might end up here. We just keep our fingers crossed."

Kerr's father agrees, and says he hopes three-year-old Flynn grows up wanting to spend time with his grandparents.

"What I'd really like to do as a granddad now is teach Flynn how to milk a cow, how to ride a horse, teach him all them country things," John Kerr says.

Therese Kerr holds some regret that her grandson is growing up in the celebrity spotlight.

"You have to be in the media to be able to get your message out, but then our little Flynny doesn't know what it's like to walk outside without paparazzi," she says.

Kerr's family say they are happy about her successes, but they just want to see more of her.

"I wish she was just a normal, everyday girl, I really do," says her father John, adding that Miranda's brother Matthew has been affected by her fame.

In the documentary Matthew admits he felt "lost" after the family moved from the country to Brisbane so they could support Miranda during her early modelling days.

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Matthew Kerr says now he would just like to see more of her.

"I'd like to spend more one-one-one time instead of with an entourage of people who we don't really know. I love her to death, I just want to see her more."

While Kerr was unable to be in Australia for the documentary filming, a spokeswoman for the model says she is "grateful to her parents, brother and extended family in Australia for their ongoing support and love".

Therese Kerr talks about their relationship before the recent troubles ...

- Sydney Morning Herald


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