Em Rusciano has received backlash after opening up about his struggles with ADHD and autism.
The 42-year-old comedian wrote a post on Sunday asking his followers to ‘be willing to understand [children] if they have autism or ADHD or both that I have ‘.
However, one mother came across the post and accused the former radio host of ‘jumping on a trend’.
Shooting line: Em Rusciano has received backlash after opening up about his struggles with ADHD and autism
In an honest video recorded in her car, Rusciano admitted: ‘I was a kid at school who was constantly told I was not living up to my potential.’
‘So now I’m an adult who never feels good enough and is always excessive.’
‘If you can teach your children to speak for themselves and you help them and you get a teacher who is just willing to put that little extra [work] and be willing to understand them if they have autism or ADHD or both that I have ‘.
‘Their potential is infinite.’
Diagnosis: The comedian, 42, posted Sunday and begged his followers to ‘be willing to understand’ [children] if they have autism or ADHD or both that I have ‘
But in a subsequent post, the former radio host claimed she had received a message from a woman accusing her of ‘jumping on’ a ‘trend’ when she claimed to have autism and ADHD.
The woman, who has children ‘with severe disabilities’, told the comedian that she’ trivialises[s] her experience when I talk about my ‘.
Rusciano claimed that ‘because I have chosen to expose my neurodiversity, I think the lawyer’s hat was placed on my head even though I was not ready to wear it.’
Unhappy: One mother, however, came across the post and accused the former radio host of ‘jumping on a trend’
She then admitted that she ‘does not’ pretend ‘to know how hard life was for that woman or her children,’ before continuing to reveal her own experience of ‘neurodiversity’.
‘I can not look people in the eye for too long. I can not do food shopping without feeling so overstimulated that I sometimes have to leave the store together and go and get in the back of my car. ‘
She also claimed that she ‘has no short-term memory’ and does not ‘like to be touched unless I start it’.
Return of the red carpet! Rusciano recently turned her head in a low-cut purple dress as she attended Melbourne Fashion Week at the Regent Theater after the city’s long lockdown
Rusciano, who was diagnosed with ADHD earlier this year, said that ‘until a year ago, I just thought I was a piece of crap with a broken brain’.
She then went on to acknowledge her high level of functioning, saying she is ‘extremely creative’ and has ‘elite-level problem-solving skills’.
Em’s emotional post comes after she opened up about her fateful stay as a breakfast host on 2Day FM in February.
Purple haze: The 42-year-old stood out in a low-cut vintage-style velvet dress paired with chic gray heels
In a series of Instagram posts, she shared her experience of having her tone ‘polished’ during her employment at the radio station.
“I was constantly told I was angry, I needed to be sweeter by people, I needed to smile more, and my tone was monitored,” she said.
‘I was under this microscope the whole time. The meetings would be on a screen, and if I did not smile all the time, there would be emails about what was going on with Em. ‘
Em argued that it was an ‘exhausting’ time that was made worse by having an abortion and being told that the format of her show would change.
Candid: In February, she opened up about her fateful stay as a breakfast host on 2Day FM
She also claimed that her colleagues ‘leaked stories about me’ to the press and felt that there was a generally ‘really toxic working environment’ at the station.
Em, for her part, acknowledged that her own behavior on 2Day FM ‘was not great’, but said no one around her was willing to ‘cut me’.
“I’m still dealing with it all, but I feel like I understand it a little better,” she concluded.
Em was hired to host 2Day FM’s breakfast show in 2017 alongside Harley Breen.
In September 2018, she announced that she would be leaving the show to focus on having a baby.
Em was hired to host 2Day FM’s breakfast show in 2017 alongside Harley Breen
Prior to her departure, several alleged employees reported that they had left 2Day FM and that others were looking for new jobs due to Ems’ ‘attitude’.
In May 2018, Em herself admitted that she could ‘turn around’ if she felt despised by colleagues.
‘Something just goes in my eyes and I become a different person. So I’m not very good at raising my spirits, “she told Wil Anderson’s Wilosophy podcast.
During the same interview, Em also complained about his co-hosts Grant Denyer and Ed Kavalee, who had been appointed to replace Harley Breen in late 2017.
She said, ‘I suddenly got two co-hosts that I had never really met or talked to, and then I was expected to have this instant chemistry with me.’
Em added that she got a ‘big ego hit’ when she discovered she no longer had top billing on the show.
“It was just hectic,” she said. ‘It was The Em Rusciano Radio Show. It was my show, and all of a sudden Ed’s anchor, the show is called The 2Day FM Breakfast Show. ‘
Family life: Em is married to Scott Barrow and has two daughters Marchella and Odette () and a son, Elio. She is pictured with her husband and daughters here