Rupert Murdoch’s granddaughter has said she wants to be known as a musician in her own right rather than be linked to her famous media dynasty family.
Charlotte Freud recently gave an intimate account of her struggles with the eating disorder bulimia and how she turned to drugs, particularly ketamine, to escape bullying and notoriety at her elite private school.
‘Unfortunately I’m really trying to not be known as ‘so-and-so’s granddaughter’ as I’m gearing up to release music under a different name,’ the 21-year-old told the SMH this week.
Charlotte Freud at the 40th Brit Awards, London, February 18, 2020. Charlotte revealed she struggled with bulimia as a teenager
Scandals involving her family, including the revelation that her father, now 57, fathered a love child, turned her into a ‘huge ball of shame [but] when I found ketamine, it all just went away’
Ms Freud grew up in the UK, shifting between family homes in London and Suffolk, and is one of 13 grandchildren on the Murdoch side of her family through her mother, Elisabeth.
She is also the great-great-granddaughter of famed neurologist Sigmund Freud through her PR guru father, Matthew Freud.
In recent years she has made appearances on red carpets, including at The Brit Awards, and regularly features in attention grabbing photo shoots wearing goth attire.
However, she claims to be keeping a low profile, having been sober for seven months, and appears to have her sights set on the concert stage and a music career.
‘Once [my music] is out and I actually have something other than my name [to discuss] I’d love to talk to you about whatever you want, but as of now I’m hoping to keep my head down,’ she told the newspaper.
No doubt her name will likely open doors in the music world – but Charlotte’s glamorous upbringing, which she describes as ‘one of the most privileged’ ever, has not always been welcomed by her.
Charlotte Freud is gearing up to release music and said she is keeping a low profile
By the age of 13 the family name – frequently in the press – had begun to weigh on her and, although she wasn’t mentioned by name, her peers would whisper about her and her family, spreading nasty rumours.
Describing 13-year-old kids as ‘d**kheads’ on a podcast earlier this month with her friend Alice Rose, Charlotte said she was shocked to learn so many of her peers were ‘so invested in corporate scandals or the papers’.
Charlotte said it was likely her peers were hearing whispers about her family and their business at home through their parents, and then coming to school and echoing similar sentiments.
Constantly feeling the need to defend herself and her family brought about ‘a lot of guilt and shame… feeling responsible for something even though of course I wasn’t’.
Even when she moved schools, headlines followed her family and Charlotte’s peers assumed she was ‘a little Republican b*tch baby’.
Charlotte Freud (pictured) is the first to admit she had ‘one of the most privileged upbringings of all time’, raised by her PR guru father, Matthew Freud and Elisabeth Murdoch, media mogul Rupert’s oldest daughter
Matthew Freud and Charlotte Freud at Mark’s Club, London, January 7, 2020. Charlotte and her dad remain extremely close, despite her feeling ‘guilty’ about her addiction damaging the trust between the pair
She actively fought the notion by engaging in excessive drug use, revealing her nickname at the school became ‘K-angel’ because she enjoyed the horse-tranquilising drug ketamine so much.
‘I was this crazy party girl but it was a persona,’ she said. ‘My mental health definitely wasn’t good.’
‘Cocaine made me feel sick. But after doing my first line of ketamine I thought, ”I’m addicted”.’
Scandals involving her family, including the revelation that her dad, now 57, fathered a love child, turned her into a ‘huge ball of shame [but] when I found ketamine, it all just went away’.
Matthew Freud fathered the child more than two years before his divorce from Elisabeth Murdoch, it emerged in 2015.
Elisabeth was unaware about this until just 10 days before reports emerged in the media.
At the time she was said to be ‘furious’ at the extent of the betrayal by Mr Freud and the child’s mother, an attractive younger woman who had formerly been a good friend.
The 21-year-old revealed she struggled to cope with scandals involving her family and ‘overcompensated’ for her glamorous upbringing by rebelling at school
Speaking on an obscure podcast, Charlotte has revealed that she ‘became the biggest, baddest rebel’ during that period and became heavily involved in drug use
Charlotte said that after her parents’ divorce she moved in with her ‘very fun’ father and admitted: ‘I was doing all that stuff at home. I hit rock bottom and had some medical emergencies but nothing stopped me.’
Charlotte revealed she always knew she had an addictive personality – a trait, she says, runs in her family.
‘Whether that’s substances or some of the lucky ones are addicted to exercise but we all have that one thing that we must do every day,’ she said. ‘Unfortunately for me, rather than exercise or a work addiction it was ketamine.’
At the height of her addiction, Charlotte’s partying fell away and she retreated into herself, preferring to take the drug alone in her bedroom than in a social setting.
Over time, she began lying to her family and pushing away anybody who tried to encourage her to get help, resulting in fractured relationships that she is still now, seven months sober, working to mend.
Charlotte’s parents Elisabeth Murdoch and Matthew Freud (pictured together in 2013) divorced and the teen moved in with her ‘very fun’ father
Back in 2019, she told her Instagram followers her mother was worried about her fashion choices leading up to a family wedding
Since becoming sober, Charlotte says rebuilding a sense of trust with her parents has been the most rewarding part of her journey.
‘Obviously my parents would never give me money because they knew where it would go… now they’ll give me a tenner to get home and it’s like ”wow, you trust me, you know I’m going to spend this money where I said I would”,’ Charlotte said.
She still carries guilt over many of the conversations she had with her parents throughout her addiction, acknowledging she can’t fathom how worried they would have been.
Separately, her own best friend moved out of the home they shared together at the height of Charlotte’s drug taking, not wanting to be a part of her ‘killing herself with all the drugs’.
‘It’s like you’re in a trance,’ she said.
Rupert Murdoch (pictured center with his son Lachlan and Lachlan’s wife Sarah) has afforded his family ‘great privilege’ from his wealth
Who is Charlotte Freud?
Charlotte Freud is the 21-year-old daughter of Elisabeth Murdoch, second daughter of media mogul Rupert, and PR guru Matthew Freud.
She comes from a long line of successful and highly educated descendants, and is the great-great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud – a neurologist famous for founding psychoanalysis.
She is one of Rupert Murdoch’s 13 grandchildren and is an aspiring singer and songwriter gearing up to release several new singles.
Murdoch is the head of the global News Corp empire and worth an estimated $22billion USD ($28billion AUD), while her father is worth an estimated $170million.
During her addiction, Charlotte also struggled with an eating disorder, revealing she wound often vomit when she found herself upset over something.
At 17, she checked into a treatment facility to help manage the disorder, and realised she used it as a coping mechanism to ‘turn her brain off, even for a second’.
While at the treatment facility, she initially struggled because so many of the other youths there were dealing with anorexia, and she worried the treatment wouldn’t cater to her differing needs.
‘I learned it almost has nothing to do with food. In group therapy [food] never came up. It was all the same stuff, just a coping mechanism.’
Now seven months sober, Charlotte can’t imagine getting so low again.
‘I can’t describe the feeling of being trusted and having people that love you,’ she said.
Charlotte has long been a somewhat unexpected figure in her rich and privileged family.
Back in 2019, she told her Instagram followers her mother was worried about her fashion choices leading up to a family wedding.
She said her mother even hired her a personal shopper to ensure the frock she chose wouldn’t show too much cleavage.
‘My grandma’s getting married, so mum’s sending me to a personal shopper to make sure I cover my t**s up for the ceremony,’ the then 18-year-old told her 6,548 followers.
She later shared some of the looks, with comments such as: ‘If I must look ridiculous in exchange for free champagne, so be it’ and ‘the s*** I do for this family, gawd.’
Charlotte is planning to release a series of songs she wrote at the height of her addiction in the coming year.
Charlotte is planning to release a series of songs she wrote at the height of her addiction in the coming year