The Veronicas singer Jessica Origliasso has revealed her struggle to get a travel exemption for her American fiancé so he can come to Australia to help care for her sick mother.
Origliasso, 35, lives in Brisbane and is engaged to American musician Kai Carlton, 24, who lives in Los Angeles.
The pop star’s mother is suffering from dementia and Origliasso wants Carlton to be able to come to Australia on compassionate grounds so he can comfort her.
But the singer revealed she has not heard from the Australian border authorities about a visa exemption, despite applying for it four months ago.
She also said celebrities do not get special exemptions, despite Nicole Kidman and her husband Keith Urban being allowed into the country without going into hotel quarantine on Monday.
‘It’s so sad… It’s definitely a different way of doing a relationship,’ Jessica said on Hit 105’s Stav, Abby and Matt.
‘There’s a lot personally for us going on at the moment with our mummy and we’ve been trying to get a compassionate visa, we’ve applied four times now and they just won’t get back to us.’
‘The Australian Government I guess is just flat out dealing with everything. They haven’t responded but it’s been four months since we applied. It’s been really wild.’
Origliasso was also asked about Masked Singer host Dannii Minogue being given a quarantine exemption upon arriving on the Gold Coast last week.
‘Anyone that thinks celebrities get special exemptions, let me tell you, you don’t – even if you have a parent that’s sick and you need support from your partner, you don’t get that exemption,’ she said.
‘It’s pretty hardcore at the moment.’
The Australian Border Force said it does not comment on specific cases.
‘Decisions by the ABF Commissioner to grant exemptions for travel for compassionate and compelling circumstances must be balanced against the Government’s intent for imposing the travel ban and the health risks posed to the Australian community by international travellers,’ a spokesman said.
‘Each case is unique and is considered on its own merit based on the information provided in the application, and supporting evidence must be provided.’
Kidman and country music singer Urban and their two daughters touched down in Sydney in a private jet from the US on Monday morning.
But unlike other travellers who are whisked away in buses to quarantine in hotels for 14 days, the family reportedly headed to their sprawling $6.5million mansion in the Southern Highlands south-west of Sydney.
Instead up being cooped up in a room while avoiding the hefty hotel quarantine bill, Kidman and her family have 45 hectares to roam during their fortnight of self-isolation, along with access to their own swimming pool, gym and full-sized tennis court.
Kidman has returned to Australia with her family for filming of her upcoming television series, Nine Perfect Strangers.
It comes a week after The Masked Singer judge Dannii Minogue and her young son Ethan were granted medical exemption to quarantine at a private property on the Gold Coast after arriving from the US.