I Am Starstruck celebrates its 6th birthday!


Leeshie with the iconic hairbrush microphone

Today is the 12th January and you know what that means.. it’s time to party like it our’s birthday!

Cheers to SIX years of I Am Starstruck! We have certainly come a long way since our first Tumblr post back in January 2011.

From hitting the red carpet for the first time at the Cleo Bachelor Awards later that year to interviewing the likes of Zac Efron in 2012 and then covering the AACTA and ARIA awards in 2013, I Am Starstruck has grown to be one of the most popular Australian celebrity news online destinations.

2014, 2015 and 2016 have been a bit different for us as I joined the showbusiness editorial team at Daily Mail Australia before beginning work at Yahoo!7 – so I’m sure you noticed the number of blog posts diminished as there are only so many hours in a day.

The success of I Am Starstruck is attributed to many big names who have supported the website. I’d like to take the opportunity now to thank all of the Australian celebrities who have wished I Am Starstruck a happy birthday each January as it has grown a little older.

I’d also like to thank PR guru Roxy Jacenko who gave me my first red carpet pass back in 2011.

Little did I know that the red carpet at the Cleo Bachelor awards that year would be the first of many I’d have the chance to strut down.

Thank you to one of my favourite people (she knows who she is) for introducing me to Tumblr in 2011. I Am Starstruck was a Tumblr blog for 3 years before I transferred it over to WordPress (because who doesn’t love mixing it up a bit?). Thanks again to that same superstar for creating my logo for the relaunched site.

As cliche as this sounds, starting I Am Starstruck has changed my life and brought me to where I am today. I thank you all for sharing this journey with me.

To celebrate the website’s sixth birthday, today we are looking back at all of the wonderful, heartwarming messages we have received and the incredible experiences lived through the I Am Starstruck lens.

xx Leeshie


Roxy Jacenko wishes I Am Starstruck a Happy 5th Birthday - January 2016


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DIDIER COHEN (JUDGE, AUSTRALIA’S NEXT TOP MODEL) “Happy 3rd Birthday!! I remember when you were just starting out and now look at you!!  Thank you for always being so lovely and keep up the good work! It’s great to see all of your hard work paying off!! Xx”

NIKKI PHILLIPS (MODEL) “Happy 3rd Birthday I am starstruck. Congrats on all your sucsess so far. I look forward to working with you in 2014. x Nikki

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RYAN CORR (ACTOR) “Leeshie and the I Am Starstruck team, Happy 3rd Bday! Thanks for another year of continued support for Aussie talent and content. You’re always a friendly face to see on the carpet and hopefully we’ve been able to give you some smiles and insight with our responses. 2014 is shaping up to be an exciting year with projects coming out, some about to be shot and some in the middle of shooting. Looking forward to sharing them, a few stories and rambling answers with you throughout the year. Keep up the great work! Much love, Ry”

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TIMOMATIC (SINGER, JUDGE, AUSTRALIA’S GOT TALENT) “A massive happy 3rd Bday to I Am Starstruck. 2013 was an incredible year for both us but there is so much more in store! Can’t wait to see what 2014 brings for you!  Peace, Timomatic”

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GLENN MCMILLAN (ACTOR, WONDERLAND) “Happy Birthday ‘I Am Starstruck!’. Now that you’re 3, out of diapers and running around, there will be no stopping you in 2014. Many thanks for all your support in the year gone, and for everyone wanting to keep up with the exciting developments in store this year, stay tuned to this channel! Much love Glenn”

PHILIPPA NORTHEAST (ACTRESS, HOME AND AWAY) “3 is better than 2! Hip-hoppity-happy birthday to you! Cyber high five for such a great year and cheers to many more. Thanks a million! Xxx”

BEN MINGAY (ACTOR, WONDERLAND) “Today I send the biggest HAPPY BIRTHDAY to ‘I Am Starstruck’ for your 3rd year of AWESOMENESS!!! I love your work and hope 2014 brings all kinds of good gossip your way. Thanks for the support and I look forward to getting ‘Starstrucked’ soon! Big love:) Xx”

CASEY BURGESS (SINGER, ACTRESS) “Happiest of birthdays to I Am Starstruck and Alicia! Each year gets better and better and I cant wait to see you interviewing in Hollywood.  Lots of love Casey xxx”

SOPHIE HENSSER (ACTRESS, LOVE CHILD) “Happy 3rd Birthday I Am Starstruck and congratulations to Leeshie and the team. I always look forward to seeing your smiling face on the red carpet, and your coverage of events across the year. You always keep it classy and fresh so keep up the wonderful work. Looking forward to seeing you at events in 2014 – and your ever entertaining posts. Thanks for supporting Aussie talent, xxxxx Soph!”

TERI HADDY (ACTRESS) “Happy birthday I Am Starstruck! You guys have had such an incredible year & can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for you!  Lots of love Teri Haddy xx”

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TIM POCOCK (ACTOR) “The best of birthdays to I Am Starstruck. Thanks for being such great support to Australian artists. Here’s to another amazing year!”

REBECCA STEVENS (HOST, SYDNEY WEEKENDER) “Happy 3rd BIRTHDAY to I Am Starstruck! All the hard work is paying off! Congrats on such a successful blog – it’s only going to get bigger and better! Love how your excitement for what you do is reflected in your writing! All my love, Beck Stevens”

SCOTT GOODING (MY KITCHEN RULES)  “Happy 3rd birthday “I Am starstruck”.  Bring all the best Aussie and Hollywood news to the masses. Thanks for all you support recently, it’s so appreciated and lets share in another amazing year. Here’s to having your best year yet!! Scott xx”

TALIA FOWLER (DANCER) “Wishing ‘I Am Starstruck’ a Happy 3rd Birthday!  Congratulations on all your growth & achievements over the past few years.  The most special thing about what you do is that you truly celebrate & support home grown Aussie talent.  Thank you for your constant love.  Talia xx”

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DAVID JONES ROBERTS (ACTOR)  “Happy 3rd Birthday! keep up the great work! Love you guys!”

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MARNI EWING Congrats “I Am Starstruck” on 3 amazing years! You have been so supportive of both myself and Dan over the past 3 years and it’s a credit to your professionalism that you post with such integrity. I’m sure you have a very long future ahead of you and we will be watching!  Love Marni”

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AMY RUFFLE (ACTRESS)  “Congratulations I Am Starstruck and the beautiful Leeshie for another wonderful year of the blog!!! Thanks for all the love and support you have shown me and I am excited to see what 2014 brings for you!! Keep doing what you’re doing because it’s wonderful 🙂 sending love xxx”

HARRY COOK (ACTOR) “Happy Birthday I Am Starstruck! Here’s to another 3 years! Keep up the good work!”

BRIDEN STARR (SINGER) “What a great time of year! Happy 3rd Birthday I Am Starstruck! Still love your work! Always will!! Thank you for the constant support!  Love always Briden Starr xx”

HOLLY KAGIS (MODEL)  “Happy Birthday I Am Starstruck! Congratulations on another big year xx”

ALICIA BANIT (ACTRESS) “A big happy 3rd birthday to ‘I Am Starstruck’! The not so terrible twos are over and it’s a year for amazing things to happen! Thank you so much for the support and cheers to another year of greatness for you! You rock Leeshie, lots of love Leeshy ;)”

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FIRASS DIRANI (ACTOR, HOUSE HUSBANDS) “Happy 2nd Birthday ‘I Am Starstruck’!  You guys have showed me a lot of love and support since the very start.  I appreciate that.  I know 2013 will be ‘humungous’ for you so keep up the terrific work, especially for the adorable Leeshie.  Looking forward to speaking and laughing with you this year.  Keep rocking. Fizz x”

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LUKE MITCHELL (ACTOR, HOME AND AWAY) “Happy 2nd Birthday ‘I Am Starstruck’! Congrats on toddler status and for your blogging success! Always feels nice getting support & positivity sent your way : ) Love your work Leeshie! Wishing you more success in the future. Much love, Luke”

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JESINTA CAMPBELL (MODEL, MISS UNIVERSE AUSTRALIA 2010) “Sending you lots of love as you celebrate your 2nd birthday!  It’s always a pleasure chatting to you on the red carpet.  Congratulations on all the success of your blog and I look forward to seeing you soon!  Lots of love, JC xxx ”

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CASEY BURGESS (ACTRESS, SINGER) “It’s another fabulous time of year.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY ‘I AM STARSTRUCK’ and a huge shout out to the amazing blogger Alicia!  So dedicated and passionate and always working so hard to get the latest scoop and amazing fashion pictures out to the world.  I love being a part of your blog, and especially love the most recent about the departure from Hi 5.  Always first with the goss!  Thanks for being so supportive.  I continue to read and share your blog in the future.  Much love, Casey xxxx”

DAVID JONES ROBERTS (ACTOR, HOME AND AWAY) “Happy 2nd birthday!  Congratulations on another successful year!  All the best!”

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REBECCA AND JASON STEVENS “Gorgeous Alicia, congrats on the blog’s 2nd birthday – what an achievement!  We are so proud of what you’ve achieved in this small amount of time. Celebrate in style!  All our love. ”

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NIKKI PHILLIPS (MODEL) “Happy 2nd Birthday ‘I Am Starstruck’!  Congratulations on your success this far.  Love being a regular reader of your blog as you’re always hot on the fashion and celebrity pulse.  Alicia, you’re such a shining star, keep up the great work!  Nikki x” – Nikki Phillips

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SACHIN JOAB (ACTOR, NEIGHBOURS) “Happy 2nd Birthday ‘I Am Starstruck’!!  You’ve done so well with your online baby Leesh.  She was walking before her time and now she’s practically running haha.  I’m humbled to be a part of the ‘I Am Starstruck’ family and extend all my best wishes to you, as you’ve always done for me.”

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JORDY LUCAS (ACTRESS, NEIGHBOURS) “Happy 2nd Birthday and congratulations to ‘I Am Starstruck’!  Best of luck for the many years of awesome reporting to come!  Lots of love, Jordy xx”

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TIM POCOCK (ACTOR, WOLVERINE, HOME AND AWAY, DANCE ACADEMY) “Massive congratulations to Leeshie V and a HUGE Happy Birthday to ‘I Am Starstruck’!  Thanks for another year of amazing support for our industry!”

LAURA DUNDOVIC (MODEL, MISS UNIVERSE AUSTRALIA 2008) “Happy Birthday to one of the best and quickest celeb blogs!”

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HARRY COOK (ACTOR) “Happy 2nd birthday to ‘I Am Starstruck’!  You really are such a trustworthy blog.  Stay awesome.  Lots of love x”

SOPHIE HENSSER (ACTRESS, LOVE CHILD) “Congratulations ‘I Am Starstruck’ on your 2nd birthday!  Your blog is ever as fabulous, stylish, well presented and current as it’s ever been.  Happy Birthday and here’s to your most successful year ahead, love Sophie xxx” – Sophie Hensser

BRIDEN STARR (SINGER) “Happy 2nd birthday ‘I Am Starstruck’!  Love your work Leeshie V.  Looking forward to another successful year!  Lots of love xx”

AMY RUFFLE (ACTRESS) “Hi ‘I Am Starstruck’!  Thanks for another year of keeping me up to date with everything in the world of celebrity and fashion (not to mention constant providing of eye candy)!  Love your posts, love you and look forward to another year of updates and stories!!  All my love, Amy xx”

CHRISTIAN CLARK (ACTOR, ANY QUESTIONS FOR BEN, HOME AND AWAY, NEIGHBOURS) “Happy 2nd Birthday!  Keep up the amazing work!  Love it!”

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LUKE SCOTT (FRESHWATER BLUE STAR) “Happy 2nd Birthday ‘I Am Starstruck’!  You’re only getting better with age, unlike myself!  Love Luke”

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DEMI HARMAN (ACTRESS, HOME AND AWAY) “My fave ‘I Am Starstruck post is the Derby Day one.  I had such a fabulous time, and what made it that much better was that there was a horse named ‘Dear Demi’! ”

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DENA KAPLAN (ACTRESS, TRICKY BUSINESS, DANCE ACADEMY) “Happy 2nd Birthday ‘I Am Starstruck’!  Congratulations on another wonderful year!  All the best for many more successful and exciting years ahead. All my love, x Dena ”

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ADAM WILLIAMS (CELEBRITY CHOREOGRAPHER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR) “Happy Birthday ‘I Am Starstruck’!  Another year older, another 365 days more fabulous.  Love, A x”

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HOLLY KAGIS (MODEL) “Congratulations Alicia on 2 years of ‘I Am Starstruck’!  All the best for 2013 xx”


REBECCA AND JASON STEVENS “Congratulations on an amazing first year of “I Am Starstruck”.  We are so impressed with your professionalism and how up to date you are as well as your unique take on celebrity gossip!!  Happy snapping for 2012… It’s only going to go up from here.  Warmest wishes, Beck and Jason Stevens xx”

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DAVID JONES ROBERTS (ACTOR, HOME AND AWAY) “Happy 1st Birthday!!!  What a successful year!  One of the most reliable and friendly blogs around.”

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LINCOLN YOUNES (ACTOR, HOME AND AWAY) “Congrats on an amazing first year Leesh!  I think you’ve found your calling… Here’s to the year ahead!”

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DEMI HARMAN (ACTRESS, HOME AND AWAY) “Happy Birthday ‘I Am Starstruck’!!  I am very honoured to be a part of your posts.  Best of luck for the year ahead! xxx Oh, and I still believe you’ll be the next Secrest.”

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LUKE MITCHELL (ACTOR, HOME AND AWAY) “Happy 1st Birthday ‘I Am Starstruck’!  Congrats on the milestone and keep up the great work! ”

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TIM POCOCK (ACTOR, WOLVERINE, HOME AND AWAY, DANCE ACADEMY) “A big shout out to ‘I Am Starstruck’ – one of the biggest supporters of the Australian entertainment industry!  Happy first birthday!!  Thanks for all of your support and look forward to seeing you on the red carpet very soon!  Lots of love, Tim. ”

CASEY BURGESS (ACTRESS, SINGER) “Happy Birthday!!! I love checking out the blog and I love the passion of LeeshieV!  Congrats on 1 year and hope to see much more! xx CB  ”

LUKE SCOTT (FRESHWATER BLUE STAR) “Happy Birthday ‘I Am Starstruck’, boy how you’ve grown!  I hope this year is filled with even more insider goss & sweet interviews!  Love Luke  ”

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HOLLY KAGIS (MODEL) “Happy Birthday ‘I Am Starstruck’! Congrats on a great first year! xx “

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