Comedian Ed Kavalee reveals he never met his biological father after he abandoned him as a child and moved to Asia
Ed Kavalee has spoken of how his biological father abandoned him as a child.
Kavalee’s father, businessman Charles Keith Hyland, was 65 years old when he was born and refused to be involved in his son’s life.
Candid: Ed Kavalee has spoken of how his biological father abandoned him as a child
The 2Day FM presenter also recalled the moment he learned his father had died.
‘I knew he died because I was 11 years old and we were living at my aunty’s. She came down to breakfast, put a Daily Telegraph in front of me and said, “Your father has died. Here’s a photograph of him and here is a story about him,”‘ he said.
‘That was the first and last time I ever knew of him.’
Distant: Kavalee’s father, Charles Keith Hyland, was 65 when he was born and refused to be involved in his son’s life. (Pictured Kavalee with his wife, Tiffiny Hall, and their son, Arnold)
Kavalee previously said he never felt his father’s absence because his mother did ‘an amazing job’ as a single parent.
He also revealed Hyland was born in 1914 and there was a significant age gap between his father and mother.
‘[He was born] in 1914 and I was born in 1979 which means he was 65 when I was born, which makes him an older parent,’ Kavalee recalled during a radio interview.
Estranged: The comedian and radio host, 42, told Men’s Health he never met his dad, who moved to Asia when he was a child and made a fortune repurposing munitions factories as duck feather manufacturing hubs. (Pictured in Melbourne on October 11, 2019)
‘It took a fair amount of court cases for him to admit it, though.’
According to Kavalee, his father wouldn’t acknowledge him until there was a paternity test that proved they were related.
He concluded by saying that Hyland ‘never paid a cent’ towards his upbringing and he would always remain indebted to his mother.
Family: Kavalee (pictured with his wife and son) previously said he never felt his father’s absence because his mother did ‘an amazing job’ as a single parent