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Gogglebox: Jad’s family confession on his 34th birthday

The Goggleboxer shares his thoughts on turning another year older.

He's the much-loved addition to Sarah Marie and Matty's couch, and today, the 34-year old business owner celebrates his birthday. And while he says he feels lucky for everything he has, he admits the number is less impressive.

"34," he says in a sad, quiet tone when asked how old he is. 

"I always pictured myself married by now with two to three kids," he says. "I mean, I look young, which is half the problem, especially when you’re trying to settle down," he laughs.

"But 34, I can’t believe it. It actually sounds so old. When you say you’re 34, people put you in the 40 category. Girls will say, ‘Isn’t that like, 40 or something?"

And while Jad has an existential crisis on his age, he can forget about it when thinking about how he'll be celebrating.


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"I've celebrated my birthday on Sunday," he says. "I had a really nice lunch at the new restaurant, Mimi's at Coogee Pavilion and then we kicked on at the rooftop."

And today on his actual birthday, he'll be spending time with his best friends, Matty and Sarah Marie and then prepare for a boys trip in New Zealand at the end of the week. 

But that's not all - as he can't miss out on his dad's famous Lebanese BQQs. "I'll definitely be seeing my family. They’ll make me a cake and my dad will be so pumped to do one of his infamous BBQs. That man loves his BBQs," he laughs.

When asked what was on his birthday wishlist, the business owner of The Picnic at Burwood and an upcoming Parramatta Park venue stays humble.

"To be honest, all that’s important to me is that me and my family are healthy, I have good relationships and my business is successful, that’s my goal. Everything else is just nice-to-haves."



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"I’m all about personalised gifts. It doesn’t have to be expensive or big, I love things that are thoughtful," he adds. "If someone were to get me a spa voucher because they knew I really loved spas, that would mean a lot - rather than just giving a Westfield gift voucher."

But let's not forget the Gucci shoes Bane relieved himself in. "But I also love sneakers and really good boutique perfumes," he admits.

We hope Jad gets everything he wishes for, and that he has a wonderful birthday!

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