EXCLUSIVE: Margot Robbie’s uncle sets the record straight about the Hollywood star’s alleged feud with his estranged father: ‘They DO have a relationship’
- Wayne Robbie is the brother of Margot’s father Doug
- Gold Coast estate agent says couple are in regular contact
- Doug and Margot’s mother separated when Margot was a toddler
- Robbie family ‘extremely proud of actress’
Hollywood superstar Margot Robbie’s uncle has set the record straight about the actress’s relationship with her alleged estranged father.
Wayne Robbie, who runs a major real estate company on the Gold Coast, has denied recent reports that his brother, Doug, has never had a relationship with Margot and that they are on bad terms.
“That has never been the case,” Wayne told Daily Mail Australia.
“He’s definitely in a relationship with her. He’s very proud of her.’
Wayne also confirmed that his brother – a retired sugar cane farmer and property developer who now lives in Airlie Beach – recently traveled to Sydney to see Margot when she was in town for the premiere of her new movie Babylon.
Margot Robbie at the recent premiere of Babylon in Sydney. Her uncle, Wayne Robbie, says her father is not estranged from the famous actress despite reports
It comes several years after reports first circulated that the Wolf of Wall Street star – born and raised by mother Sarie Kessler on the Gold Coast – had cut off all contact with her father.
Speaking to The Sun UK in 2016, Margot acknowledged that her contact with her father was limited, adding: ‘I’m not like him at all’.
It was revealed at the time that her younger brother Lachlan – or Lockie – remained close to his father, but two other siblings – Anya and Cameron – reportedly shared a similar relationship to Margot’s.
It’s clear that Doug divorced Sarie when the kids were young, leaving the single mother to raise four kids alone on the Gold Coast.
Doug Robbie – a retired sugarcane farmer and property developer who now lives on Airlie Beach – pictured with his son Lachie
All four attended exclusive private school Somerset College before Margot found fame and fortune in Hollywood, where she is now on track to earn her second Academy Award nomination for Babylon.
Wayne said his niece’s career has been a huge source of pride for the Robbie clan – most of whom remain on the Gold Coast.
“It’s Margot’s life and we’re not commenting. But we are very proud of Margot and everything she has achieved,” he told Daily Mail Australia.
“We just have a bit of a policy about speaking to the media — that’s something that’s really up to her if she wants to say something in public.”
But we’re proud of her. And Doug is exactly the same. He’s been there opening the movie and I know they’re in a relationship.
“Doug is retired now that he has been for a long time. But he’s in touch with Margot and all the kids.’
Margot pictured with her mother, Sarie Kessler, at the Los Angeles premiere of Babylon
Margot, 32, who is fiercely loyal to her mother, speaks regularly of their close relationship and has said any children she has on the Gold Coast will be raised to be close to their grandmother.
The pair recently walked the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of Babylon, where Sarie – a retired physical therapist – was compared to Margot’s sister by reporters thanks to her strikingly youthful appearance.
Margot, who missed out on an Oscar nomination this year for her work in Babylon, used her first big paycheck to pay her mother back all the money she had given her to build her career when she was just starting out.
“I spent it to pay you back, Mom. Can’t remember? By the end of 12th grade, I was so in debt,” she said in a 2019 Vogue interview.
“I had written everything I owed you on a piece of paper, and every time I got a paycheck I paid off my debt, but then I kept the piece of paper because it was so satisfying at the end to know that I it had paid all back.’