Brother, you make a great dad
BIG Brother winner Trevor Butler will be faced with a new reality - the life of a stay-at-home dad - after giving up his radio job to spend more time with his family.
Instead of entertaining listeners of Gold Coast-based radio station Hot Tomato, the millionaire winner of the now axed Channel 10 reality television program will focus on having fun with his 18-month-old son Maika and his wife Breea.
“I can't wait to spend more time with the little man, especially because I have effectively been working from nine to five since he was born,” Mr Butler said yesterday while visiting family at his childhood home of Broken Hill, in outback NSW.
“I have been thinking about making the change for some time now.
“Maika is growing up so quickly, he's walking, talking and climbing things and is a typical boy into lots of mischief. It will be lots of hard work, but lots of fun.”
Having spent his million wisely, investing in a modest family home, making a few investments and paying for wife Breea to complete undergraduate and post-graduate studies in accounting and finance, Trevor joked that he had done his bit to secure his family's future.
“Breea has some work lined up with a firm in Sydney, so she will spent more time out of the home and I'll become the stay-at-home dad,” he said.
“I have already earned my first million and set the family up, now the wife's turn to go out and earn her million.”
The former storeman for Super A-mart furniture store in Tweed Heads South, rose to fame in 2003 as the larrikin, with the big smile and dreadlocks on Big Brother, a reality television program where contestants lived in a custom-built studio, cum house, and were placed under 24-hour camera surveillance.
The winner was selected with a public vote evicting one contestant each week.
The show was axed last year due to poor ratings, but Mr Butler knows he owes a lot to the program that has afforded him his minor celebrity as well as a lifestyle he once could only dream of.
“I wouldn't be in the situation if it wasn't for Big Brother,” he said.
“I wouldn't have got my job with Hot Tomato if it wasn't for the show and I met some amazing people and had some great times with the station, but now it is time to try new things and spend more time with the family.
“Not many young families can choose who they want to stay at home with the kids.”
As well as being a house husband, Mr Butler said he is looking forward to pursuing some of this other interests.
“I have always wanted to have a go at writing, so now I will have the chance,” he said.
“There are also a few other things in the pipeline for both me and Breea, but it's too early to talk about them at the moment.
“I'm looking forward to being there with the little fella everyday and cooking Breea dinner - all the simple things.”