Rob Mills' powerful decision to change his life after two friends died

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‘I’m tired and I’m sad’: Rob Mills makes a powerful decision to change his life after two friends died of cancer

After two of his friends died of cancer, actor and musical theatre star Rob Mills has decided to participate in Dry July.

Posting on Instagram on Tuesday, the former Australian Idol contestant vowed to give up alcohol for a month to help raise awareness of the disease.   

In a lengthy post, the 38-year old said he was ‘sad’ and tired’ as he opened up about the loss of his mates. 

Raising awareness: After two of his friends died of cancer, actor and musical theatre star Rob Mills has decided to participate in Dry July

Raising awareness: After two of his friends died of cancer, actor and musical theatre star Rob Mills has decided to participate in Dry July

‘I’m tired. And I’m sad. There seems to be a lot of sadness around at the moment from BLM [Black Lives Matter], COVID, the arts…’ he wrote. 

‘I lost two friends to cancer. Forty-eight and 38 years of age. Michael Falzon and Joe Sassone.’ 

Speaking of Michael, a fellow stage performer, Rob reminisced about their times together in the band Swing on This. 

'Booze free': Posting on Instagram on Tuesday, the former Australian Idol contestant vowed to give up alcohol for a month to help raise awareness of the disease

‘Booze free’: Posting on Instagram on Tuesday, the former Australian Idol contestant vowed to give up alcohol for a month to help raise awareness of the disease 

‘You were one of the best leading men. What a legacy you leave behind. I always looked up to you,’ he wrote.  

Vowing to go ‘booze free for the month’, Rob asked that donations to be made to the Cancer Council.

He then announced that he would also give up social media for a month or ‘maybe longer’ in order to shed light on youth suicide.

Digital detox: He then announced that he would also give up social media for a month or'maybe longer' in order to shed light on youth suicide

Digital detox: He then announced that he would also give up social media for a month or ‘maybe longer’ in order to shed light on youth suicide

Writing about his mate Joe, Rob said he was an ‘inspiration’ to the young people that he taught, and pointed out that youth suicide ‘is on the rise’. 

‘Joe, although we drifted apart over the years, I know you were an incredible inspiration to the many young people you taught,’ he wrote.

‘With COVID and social media pressures, boy do they need need some inspiration. Youth suicide is on the rise in this country.’ 

Dry July:'So that's it for me. I'm sad. I'm taking a break. From the drink and from social media for a month. Maybe longer,' he wrote

Dry July: ‘So that’s it for me. I’m sad. I’m taking a break. From the drink and from social media for a month. Maybe longer,’ he wrote

Urging his followers to donate to The Reach Foundation, Rob signed off with a farewell to his fans.

‘So that’s it for me. I’m sad. I’m taking a break. From the drink and from social media for a month. Maybe longer,’ he stated.

‘I want to enjoy the moment, rather than enjoy the amount of likes the moment receives.’

In the moment: Rob revealed that he wants to start enjoying the moment rather than the'amount of likes the moment receives'

In the moment: Rob revealed that he wants to start enjoying the moment rather than the ‘amount of likes the moment receives’ 

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