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Celebrity Apprentice winner Benji Marshall reveals why he wants nothing to do with his long-lost father

''When I asked my mum who my dad was — I'll never forget the look on her face.''

By Alana Mazzoni
After getting emotionally candid about his family history on Celebrity Apprentice, Benji Marshall has shed more light on why he doesn't have any interest in ever meeting his dad.
Speaking to Nova's Fitzy and Wippa after taking out the reality TV competition, Benji said he grew up not knowing his father after his mother Lydia gave birth when she was 15.
"When I asked my mum who my dad was — I'll never forget the look on her face. The look of fear, worry, it actually made me scared. I never ever asked her again. I still don't know until this day," he said.
Benji says he has no interest in finding his father. (Image: Nine)
While the father-of-two is adamant he doesn't want to meet his father, he admitted there's curiosity over his ancestry.
"I don't want to know my dad. I'm one of those people, though that like if there's like toxic people in my life, I can just cut them off and that's it. I'm not really dealing with you again," the Kiwi-born NRL star said.
"But I do have this want to know like, what am I? Am I like, English? Am I, I don't know. Like what half-nationality wise."
The former Rabbitohs star and wife Zoe are proud parents to Fox, four, and Ever, one. (Image: Getty)
Benji also revealed the unexpected consequences of a documentary that aired in 2002 when he had just made his NRL debut at the age of 17.
"After I made my debut, I did this documentary thing in New Zealand and said I'd never met my dad and I had 10 emails from people saying they were my dad," he said.
Earlier this week on Celebrity Apprentice, Benji admitted that growing up without a father made him feel like there was something missing.
While reminiscing on his childhood, the 37-year-old said he sometimes felt unsafe in his own home, and even defended himself with a butter knife.
"This is a story that I've never told. I've never talked about this publicly. I've never ever talked about this because it means so much to me," he said.
"That's not the real me. You know how I know that? Because I don't even know the real me. There's a half of me missing that I haven't found out about. I don't know my real dad. I don't know my culture. I don't know my nationality. Who am I?"
The former Rabbitohs star is now happily married to his wife Zoe, and the pair share two kids; Fox, four, and Ever, one.