Convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby has opened up in her first official TV interview since arriving home in Australia from Bali.
The former Gold Coast beauty therapist made international headlines after she was sentenced to 20 years in Kerobokan Prison after 4.2kg of cannabis was found in her boogie board bag at Denpasar airport in October 2004.
She spent nine years behind bars before she was released on parole and deported back to Australia on 27 May 2017.
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After spending years trying to avoid the media following her release, the 42-year-old finally broke her silence in an exclusive interview on Channel 10’s breakfast program Studio 10 on Wednesday morning.
Speaking candidly to the hosts, an emotional Schapelle revealed the hardest part about her time in prison was dealing with mental illness.
“I lived in my brain, the brain is very powerful. I could not control anything. I couldn’t eat,” Corby said.
“Mercedes had to come in and sleep in the prison a few times with me. I was catatonic.”
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Corby said since returning home to Australia she has been receiving a whole lot of support.
“I have really great psychologists, psychiatrists and medication,” she said.
“Also writing this book was a really great journey for me,” Corby said of her new autobiography Schapelle Corby: My Story.
Holding back tears, Corby relived the moment she was sentenced to 20 years behind bars.
“I had already been in prison for 7 months and when I got the pre-sentencing of life, I started practicing counting from one to 20 in Indonesian so I could understand,” Corby told the Studio 10 hosts.
“But during the sentencing they told my translator to stop speaking so I couldn’t understand what they were saying.
“I just felt so stupid. Why can’t I understand this? I already practiced. Maybe I thought it was two months. I thought I had been here for seven, I’m going home.
“And she said no, I was like, what? Come up here and talk to me. So I was like, two years? No. So it must be 20? So I just turned to the prosecutor and I started yelling.”
When asked what she thinks most Australians see her as now, Corby simply responded “I’m Schapelle Corby the drug trafficker.”
She said she hopes to one day clear her name, but maintained she still has no idea who is responsible for the crime.
“Who do I think did this? I don’t know. But part of my mental illness was being accused of this and there was nothing I could say to save myself,” she said.
Looking back at footage of the moment she was sentenced, Corby revealed what she thought of her younger self.
“I don’t think she was naive, I just think she was very fragile and she was in a place where she wasn’t supposed to be and she was very young.”
Corby revealed her five year plan is to now “Live for today… life is very short we just don’t know what’s going to happen in the next half hour so lets just enjoy every moment for the moment.”