When people question Gladys Berejiklian regarding marriage and children, she has the best answer. she admits to being in a private relationship and says, "Not all of us will plan how our lives work out."
Calm, composed, and laser-like concentration. A "goody-two-shoes workaholic." She was fully dedicated to her work, even to an unhealthy degree. Such are the terms that are often used to characterize Gladys Berejiklian, the premier of New South Wales, and she will certainly comply with that evaluation.
The 50-year-old is the first to admit that her political career has come at the expense of her personal life - she is not married and has no children. What motivates her to strive so hard? The realization that she is just living because of sheer chance.
"I'm extremely fortunate... every day is a gift to me." "I had a twin sister who didn't make it," she said in a 2019 interview with The Australian.
"It was pure chance that I was the first to finish." Imagine having a twin; you were born first, and they didn't make it.
"I am compelled to sacrifice in order to justify my life." But it doesn't bother me if I'm not really comfortable. I feel like I ought to put in a lot of effort."
Ms. Berejiklian's parents are Armenian, and her great-grandparents were murdered in the Armenian genocide, which took place between 1915 and 1917 and killed over 1.5 million civilians. Her grandparents moved to the Middle East, and her father was born in Syria before emigrating to Australia with his young family.
Gladys did not know a word of English when she first arrived in Australia as a primary school pupil. She talks Armenian fluently to this day. She immediately became engrossed in her college studies and ensured that she was still at the top of the class. Ms. Berejiklian is a member of the Young Liberals at work, and the rest is history, as they claim.
Ms. Berejiklian, the eldest of three sisters, has long been the subject of intrusive questions about her personal life, especially from other women. Life has other things for her, as she says it.
"I believe that once a chance arises, you can seize it. If something occurs that requires you to make a call, make one. Was it possible that I had found the right person? I'd be married, of course. However, this does not occur with all at the same moment," Mamamia was told.
"People are curious. I understand, but people shouldn't make judgments on what women want to do or don't do. It's not that they haven't tried or don't want to; it's just how things have turned out."
She recently discussed her "thinking choice" not to have children with The Australian Women's Weekly. She said, "I've never taken a deliberate effort to choose work over other factors."
"It's just how things have worked out throughout my life, and I'm really happy with where I'm at."
However, Gladys Berejiklian has now revealed that she had a "near personal friendship" for many years with her former colleague Daryl Maguire.
The NSW Premier rendered the disclosures at the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) investigation, which is currently looking into whether former Wagga member Daryl Maguire exploited his influence for personal benefit, revealing their partnership started in 2015 and was just recently ended.
"It became clear to me when I was invited to assist this inquiry that I should have almost no touch anymore," the Premier clarified during the inquiry on Monday, October 12.
Gladys has said that while she is a "very private girl," she maintained their relationship a secret. "More importantly, I'm a really private individual," she said, "and I didn't believe the partnership had enough merit to be made public."
Gladys has previously acknowledged that because of her career, dating may be difficult. "You become really cautious. I'm also curious as to how a cup of coffee with a good friend would be seen. "In 2017, she told Whimn.
"That is not something I am concerned with. I've been in public enough to realize that you only have to go about your business. That is what has kept me on. I've always been true to myself. Since this is who I am, I've taken the slams in stride.
"I've always had a strong sense of self-awareness. I'm aware of my flaws as well as my strengths. The most open you are with yourself and others nearest to you, the more at ease you can be in carrying out your duties."
Ms. Berejiklian tries to avoid discussions on gender in politics, opting to let her public accomplishments talk for themselves. During a press conference in 2017, she was frequently questioned whether her single and childless existence might have some detrimental political implications during an interview with a writer.
"The obvious issue is why you believe this is a democratic liability when people have children and relatives with which they identify?" enquired the interviewer.
Ms. Berejiklian's response was spot on.
"As you see me, that's how I'm going to be. Dominic Perrottet, [her deputy], has made amends with me; he has four children "She cracked a joke.
"I'm a person who has always been true to myself. We can't just plan how our lives will work out. I am a really content person. Would my life have looked like this if you asked me 20 years ago? It's unlikely to be the way it appears.
"However, I am thankful for the chances that have come my way. I just like to emphasize, not because I have to, but because I want to, that my family is the most important person in my life. I would not pass judgment on someone based on their specific circumstances. I am here to rule for all, and I trust that people can assess me based on my qualifications and abilities."