Ruby Rose was back on her home turf for GQ Australia‘s Men of the Year Awards last night, taking home the Woman of the Year title with a heartwarming speech so raw, honest and heartbreaking that the actress was in tears saying it.
After expressing how lucky she feels to be able to be her true self and be celebrated for it, Ruby took a moment to acknowledge those who have supported her along the way, including her friend Courtney. “I had to lie and tell her it wasn’t a black tie event or she wouldn’t come and I want to give this award to her,” Ruby explained.
“Her mum recently passed away of brain cancer, and for a year she was in the same hospital bed and Courtney was by her side, and that to me is a strong woman. Never did she say, ‘Why me?’ Never did she complain. And, literally, she was my rock throughout this past year and I just want to say to Kerri and to Courtney, thanks,” she continued.
Last night was a very special night and one i wont forget. My old friend here took home GQ Woman of the Year. Firstly she deserves it for her talent, her dedication and her attitude. In her acceptance speech, given to a room full of influential and dynamic people across sports, fashion and the arts, Ruby thanked little old me, dedicated the award to my Mum and with a heart full of emotion and love told me and the room and most importantly MY HERO, MY MUM, that she was an inspiration to her. That she gave her so much in this last year. I have never been so proud of my friend. When I hugged her at the after party and told her how incredibly special i felt, she graciously told me that it was something she had really wanted to do, she said “you have so many memories of your mum before she passed and a lot of them were ill memories, now you have something really positive and uplifting to remember her by now that she has gone. This award is for her, for you and this night will always remind you of that.” WOW. I have watched her grow into the most marvelous woman. Aside from the glitz and the glamour, what she did last night for me, for my family is the real reason Ruby Rose is a star. I came home, clutching the GQ award and sat on the end of my Dad’s bed. Watching his eyes light up and the tears of joy remembering what a great and celebrated woman my Mum was made me incredibly proud. Rubes, i am humbled to be your friend. I am humbled to have touched your heart, like you have touched mine. What a beautiful night. I love ya. @rubyrose @phoebe @bananastark #gqmoty #gqaustralia #rubyrose #thankyou #love #surreal #whatanight #shedidnttellmethedresscode
Courtney revealed that Ruby shared some more heartfelt words with her at the after-party. “She said, ‘You have so many memories of your mum before she passed and a lot of them were ill memories, now you have something really positive and uplifting to remember her by now that she has gone. This award is for her, for you and this night will always remind you of that’.”
For anyone who’s ever looked after a loved one as they slowly declined, you’ll know how special and meaningful those words are.