"My children can see that it hurts me": The legend of the league, Wendell Sailor, reports about the heartache of never being able to get answers from his birth mother about his adoption
- Wendell Sailor was adopted at the age of two and met his mother as a teenager
- Sailor said he and his mother had not had a good relationship before they died
- The 45-year-old said he never asked why she released him for adoption
Rugby League and Union legend Wendell Sailor will never know why his birth mother released him for adoption before she tragically died six months ago.
The 45-year-old Sailor, who represented Australia in both codes, was released for adoption at the age of two days, but only learned the details at the beginning of high school.
Sailor talked about Triple M's Dead Set Legends program and said he could never get close to his birth mother, which left many "hollow things" in his life.
Wendell Sailor, 45, (pictured) has revealed that he never asked his birth mother why she released him for adoption before she died six months ago
He was adopted by his biological mother's neighbors, Daniel and Alison Sailor, and built a successful sporting career.
When he was 15 years old, he met his birth mother for the first time.
"I didn't have a really good relationship with her because when I heard what she went through to get here, I didn't really feel sorry for her," he said.
"The older I got, the more angry I got because I didn't really ask her all the questions."
Sailor said his mother had six children with four different partners and died of a heart attack last year after fighting cancer.
"It's funny that I never had to ask my mother why she gave up on me. I found out from family members why and what is hurting me now. I found out six months ago that she died and nobody really told me . "
"I know that my children can see that it hurts in me, and sometimes I only wish I had asked why she gave me up for adoption. That is the difficult question.
The rugby league and union star was adopted at the age of only two days and only met his birth mother in his teenage years
"I'm sure she has a great explanation, but I will never find out now."
Sailor also revealed that he had never met his birth father.
"It was tough because I never looked at it. For me and my mental health, it's something I always return to – abandonment, ”he said.
"There are some hollow things in my life."
Sailor is now a father of three children. His son Tristan follows in his footsteps and wears the St. George uniform at the age of 21.
Sailor is now a father of three children. His son Tristan (pictured together) follows in his footsteps and wears the St. George uniform at the age of 21
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