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Schapelle Corby Signs Up To Appear In Her First Reality TV Show!

Schapelle Corby Signs Up To Appear In Her First Reality TV Show!


It’s been six years since Schapelle Corby was released from a Balinese prison and she’s now signed on to appear in her first reality TV show.

The 43 year old will be on our screens for a brand new Channel 7 action show called SAS Australia. Based on a UK version it follows a group of contestants who undertake physical and psychological challenges not dissimilar to the ones the Special Air Service do. Each challenge will be hoisted by an ex-special forces soldier who will have no idea who the celebrity is that they will be in charge of.

“We go into the SAS as a number, not a name, which is significant for me because I won’t be Schapelle Corby, I will just be a human being,” Corby said.

“I think I’ll discover that I’m stronger than I am, that I think I am. I’m hoping to discover life and to discover myself. I wanna stop being institutionalised. I want to open my freedom to a happier life, a more fulfilling life.”

As well as Corby, the show will also feature the Honey Badger, Candice Warner and Roxy Jacenko.

Schapelle Corby first made headlines in October 2004 when she was caught carrying 4.2kg of cannabis at Denpasar’s Ngurah Rai Airport after flying from Brisbane to Bali with her brother and two friends. She always maintained her innocence.

At the time of her arrest, Corby denied putting the cannabis wrapped in a plastic vacuum-sealed bag in her unlocked bodyboard bag. She also claimed that she had no knowledge of the drugs until the bag was opened by customs officials.

“I just saw plastic and thought, ‘This isn’t supposed to be here. I didn’t put it there’,” the then-27-year-old told reporters.

“I shouldn’t be here. So I’m just trying to be strong and I’m just lucky that I’ve got a really good family and friends to help me get through.”

In May 2017, over a decade on from her arrest, Corby returned to Australia and she now resides on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Corby is still dating Ben Panangian, who she first met in 2006 at a church service in the Balinese prison. Panagian was also serving time for drug-related offences.

In November 2019, Corby hinted the couple were engaged when she shared images of herself wearing a diamond ring on her ring finger. She has never confirmed whether Panangian had proposed.


Images: Channel 7 & Instagram

Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal is a writer and blogger who loves nothing more than watching back to back episodes of crime shows. Should she ever find herself needing to cover up a crime, she'll know exactly what to do! Her dream is to one day live in Palm Springs where she can do her writing poolside while drinking endless gin and tonics. Mum to the cutest twin boys in the world, she loves nothing more than the sound of their laughter (usually heard when they're conspiring against her). Entertainment writer and pop culture junkie, she will be bringing you all the celebrity gossip and news that your brain can handle. You can follow her blog at and on Instagram at Chrystalovevintage

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