A former Brisbane Lions captain and Collingwood player, Dayne has played many professional games of AFL and is set to add the ultimate game of Big Brother to his illustrious list when he checks into Big Brother VIP.
Dayne is extremely competitive and will be playing Big Brother VIP the same way he played football – by assessing the situation on the spot and adjusting.
He will take the big hits when he needs to and score goals when he must.
Dayne says, “I’m extremely competitive. Not just on the field but at home. I don’t even let my wife beat me at tenpin bowling.”
Married to Kelly and proud father to Ruby and Carter, Dayne says his family is his life and have helped him through his lowest point.
He wouldn’t be where he is today without them.
“The driving motivation was my kids and my wife. It’s as simple as that. They’re excited for me to go into the Big Brother Hotel.
“It will be a bit different for them seeing me in a house full of other people instead of on a football field!”
After a successful professional football career, Dayne walked away to deal with an ongoing battle with gambling and prescription drug addiction.
“I struggled with two things, gambling and the prescription painkillers,” Beams previously told the Sacked podcast.
“It ends up controlling your life, it really does and then as a result of that, your mental health deteriorates.
“I started engaging in some really addictive behaviours to try to deal with the pain I was feeling.
“That’s when things started to go really downhill. At that stage I was caught up in some stupid things and wasn’t actually feeling anything.
“I thought this is great, this is helping me, but it wasn’t. It was the worst thing I would have done because it caused a lot of pain.”
To help himself transition from a 12-year sporting career, Dayne turned to art therapy on his road to recovery, which led him to the charity Love Me, Love You.
Playing for this charity in the Big Brother Hotel, Dayne is passionate about helping others and supporting the charity’s programs supporting those in need.
Dayne says overcoming addiction was harder than anything he ever faced on the footy field but he has learned he can overcome any obstacle by putting health first.
He knows that Aussies will remember him for walking away from footy but hopes Big Brother VIP will show everyone the real Dayne Beams.