Mum is an extraordinary person: Jackson Stefanovic speaks about parents' divorce

Jackson Stefanovic and mother Cassandra Thorburn.
Jackson Stefanovic and mother Cassandra Thorburn. Photo: Cass Thorburn / Instagram

Karl Stefanovic and Cassandra Thorburn's acrimonious marriage split has played out publicly for the best part of the last three years, with Thorburn reportedly 'blindsided' by  the split.

Now the pair's 19-year-old son has come forward to have his say. Jackson Stefanovic spoke to Woman's Day, hinting at the fallout between father and son. 

"To watch my parents' private lives play out so publicly was incredibly destructive for all of us – someone had to step up and protect her, and I knew that person was me," he says in the interview published today.

Stefanovic and Thorburn with their kids in 2011.
Stefanovic and Thorburn with their kids in 2011. Photo: Sahlan Hayes

The former TODAY Show and his new partner Jasmine Yarborough tied the knot in a ceremony in Mexico last December. It was widely reported that Stefanovic's three children Jackson, 19, Ava, 13, and River, 12, did not attend either the ceremony or the reception, despite flying over to give their respects.

Rumours of tensions between Stefanovic and his eldest son surfaced in April last year when the teen changed his social media surname from Stefanovic to Thorburn. Even so, he is careful not to burn any bridges with his dad in the interview, adding that even after all that has happened, "What's done is done."

"Despite what's happened, he's still my dad," he adds. "I'll leave it there for now – who knows what happens next."

Jackson's devotion to Thorburn - who is currently starring on Dancing With the Stars - is clear.

"My mother is the most extraordinary person, and what she has weathered these past few years, no one deserves the backlash," he says.

He also spoke of the vicious criticism and online harassment his mother continues to endure during her time on the hit show which began its 16th season on February 18. 

"The gutless trolls online and the vile comments posted in public forums, they're not keyboard warriors, they're cowards," he says.

Jackson and his mum appear in a photo shoot in the magazine, showing mother and son in the kitchen of the family home on Sydney's north shore.