PUBLISHED: 21:33 AEDT, 12 May 2018 | UPDATED: 00:03 AEDT, 18 August 2018
Travers ‘Candyman’ Beynon took his wife, two permanent girlfriends and daughter Luciana to a lavish dinner in the Gold Coast.
The group were spotted at the prestigious Nineteen at The Star, a ‘world class’ restaurant on the 19th floor which serves 30g of Beluga Caviar for $600.
The millionaire tobacco tycoon shares a Gold Coast mansion with wife Taesha, 27, and the girlfriends Nisha, 22, and Krystal, 21.
The Candyman was so impressed with the restaurant he treated the women to the expensive caviar and spent $84 on mashed potatoes, The Gold Coast Bulletin reported.
Travers ‘Candyman’ Beynon treated his wife, girlfriends and daughter to a meal of caviar and $84 mashed potatoes recently. He is pictured with wife Taesha Beynon, left, and girlfriends Nisha and Krystal (right)
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‘Though the caviar was a little too much for the young girls, the veal and duck were the best we had ever tried,’ he said.
‘And the mashed potato was so good we spent $84 on it.’
The rooftop restaurant and lounge bar boasts stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, main meals start at $46 and one serving of mashed potatoes costs $14.
The Candyman posted a photo of himself enjoying a boat ride with his wife, girlfriends and three other women on Saturday, with a caption ‘floats my boat’.
The women, dressed in skimpy bikinis, rocked to music as they enjoyed a relaxing ride on the river.
The Candyman posted a photo of himself enjoying a boat ride with his wife, girlfriends and three other women on Saturday, with a caption ‘floats my boat’.
Beynon, 46 (pictured) calls himself The Candyman and has four children, Valentino, Luciana, Velicia and Serafina
The women (pictured), dressed in skimpy bikinis rocked to the music as they enjoyed a relaxing ride on the Gold Coast River
The Candyman insists his wife Taesha loves sharing him with up to 30 other women as she reveals: ‘I like girls and I’m doing what I choose with my body.’
But at the weekends up to 30 other women – who message him on Instagram – are invited to join the party and spend the night.
The notorious playboy, 46, said his unusual marriage works because Taesha loves their extraordinary sex lives.
Speaking exclusively to Daily Mail Australia in his Candy Shop Mansion in April, he said: ‘We’re very happy. I’ve been married to my wife for eight years and our relationship – in a fun sense, in a family sense, and in a sexual sense – is like we first met.’
The notorious playboy, 46, said his unusual marriage works because Taesha loves their extraordinary sex lives
At the weekends up to 30 other women join us and my wife loves that part of it. She absolutely gets involved with the other girls. We have a very experimental sex life – it’s extreme Taesha Beynon on sharing her marital bed with up to 30 women
Taesha agreed, saying: ‘I kissed girls when I was younger and have always been curious. I’ve had my time with jealousy and you get past it.
She added: ‘Trav and I have a very strong marriage and a very strong relationship – we make enough time to spend one on one together. I feel like I’m always the centre of his life.’
Beynon said having multiple girlfriends is less morally corrupt than having an affair.
‘How many people in monogamous marriages are truly happy?’ he said.
Krystal (left), wife Taesha Beynon, Travers ‘Candyman’ Beynon and Nisha at Nineteen at The Star Gold Coast last weekend
The group were spotted at the prestigious Nineteen at The Star (pictured), a ‘world class’ restaurant on the 19th floor where it costs $600 for 30g of Beluga Caviar.
The rooftop restaurant and lounge bar boasts stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, main meals start at $46 and one serving of mashed potatoes costs $14
The 46-year-old has four children Valentino, 18, Luciana, 15, Velicia 6 and Serafina, 5.
Beynon said he has a strict selection process in place for choosing his girlfriends and that he is always on the lookout for more.
‘There’s a process of finding new girls like any relationship,’ he said. ‘You meet a girl, you court them and vice versa and then if it works out you become more serious – it’s the same process.’
Candyman lives in a mansion that boasts a sprawling garden which overlooks the river ‘where the wild parties happen’
PUBLISHED: 10:40 AEDT, 1 April 2018 | UPDATED: 19:39 AEDT, 13 May 2018
A fleet of supercars, a three-metre statue of Poseidon and ceilings inspired by the Sistine Chapel: notorious playboy Travers Beynon’s Candy Shop Mansion is as ostentatious as any home in Australia.
‘I’m obsessed with beauty,’ Beynon says as he strides through his palatial hallway which features a portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte opposite purple velvet chairs where his five-year-old Jack Russell named Spartacus nestles in a small ball.
‘My idol Gianni Versace was obsessed with the beauty of women. For me it’s women, art, cars and fashion,’ he continues. ‘I’m a visionary and I’m f***ing crazy – so when you look around, if you want to know who I am, take a look at everything, every small detail, because there’s so much going on and it’s how I express who I am.’
Beynon is not wrong: there certainly is a lot going on in the 15-bedroom, 19-bathroom family home he shares with his wife, two girlfriends and four children which boasts a gold-plated swimming pool, a cinema and a walk-in wardrobe brimming with Gucci, Versace and Louis Vuitton.
Australia’s answer to Hugh Hefner – famous for his excessive parties and controversial Instagram posts featuring dozens of scantily clad women – made his first million as a model before capitalising on the Gold Coast property boom of the early 2000s and using the proceeds to buy a controlling stake in his parents’ Free Choice tobacco company. He’s now worth multi-millions and makes no attempt to hide it.
The Candyman: Travers Beynon with his wife of eight years Taesha (left), 27, girlfriend of two and a half years Nisha (right), 22, and girlfriend of three months Krystal (centre), 21. Beynon shares his bed with these three women every night but on the weekends up to 30 women – who message him on Instagram – are also invited to join the party. Talking about their sex lives, Taesha says: ‘What we do in here is more extreme than porn’
Flamboyant: Beynon – who calls himself The Candyman and his house The Candy Shop Mansion – poses on the edge of his swimming pool which has a bar, a ‘grotto’, and tiles he designed himself lined with 24-karat gold. He says: ‘My idol Gianni Versace was obsessed with the beauty of women. For me it’s women, art, cars and fashion. I’m a visionary and I’m f***ing crazy – there’s so much going on and it’s how I express who I am’
Lavish: His courtyard contains a classical-inspired water feature, two palm trees and a huge mosaic of Bacchus, god of wine. The tycoon invites 1,000 people into his home each year for a huge party. ‘I’m trying to give people that escape – to come into a world they would never experience and live like it for a day,’ he says
The Angels: Beynon calls his wife and girlfriends ‘angels’. He has given each of them a matching necklace – the key to the mansion – which stands them apart from other girls who sleep with him on the weekends. His wife Taesha (left) says the four-way relationship works because she likes girls. She met Nisha (centre) at a modelling shoot where they ‘hit it off’ and she later introduced her to her husband
Fashion: Next to the bedroom is a huge walk-in wardrobe where he keeps more than 100 pairs of shoes, countless shirts and jackets and a range of Gucci and Versace watches, protected by bulletproof glass. Beynon says his time as a model made him fascinated by fashion and he keeps his interest up now. He says he has never met a girl who packs more clothes than him
The bedroom: Beynon shares the master bedroom with three women every night. There are two bathrooms – one for him and one for the women – and a make-up area where the women each have their own mirror and set of drawers containing all the beauty products under the sun. The ceiling above the bed is mirrored and on the wall is a staggering collage of Salvador Dali works which he put together himself. Discussing his sex life, Beynon says: ‘I make Fifty Shades Of Grey look like a kindergarten. I’m just non-stop, I’m f***ing nuts.’
Extraordinary: The underside of the roof jutting out towards the pool is inspired by the Sistine Chapel itself, Beynon says, adding: ‘I became fascinated by Renaissance art when I was modelling in Italy. These ideas all come from my head and this is how I see the world’. The rest of his mansion is littered with Renaissance and classical-inspired pieces
The boardroom: This is where Beynon runs his business empire in the afternoons and evenings. A large table surrounded by throne-like blue and gold chairs sits opposite his desk supporting a flat screen TV, a golden calculator and golden tissue box alongside a portrait of his wife
Luxurious: Beynon designed the wooden floor himself with glass panels so he can see his cars in the garage below. ‘This won Australian Residential Floor Of The Year,’ he says proudly, pointing to the framed certificate on the wall. The room is where he organises his parties with his assistants. They comb through 7,000 applications from the general public to eventually invite 1,000 revellers to his home every December
The garage: Beynon walks through two automatic glass doors – engraved with the words work harder, play harder – to his garage containing a Ferrari F40, Lamborghini Aventador, Rolls Royce Phantom coupe, a Jeep and a gold-sprayed motorbike for weekend rides. ‘The Rolls is my Bruce Wayne car, the Lambo my Batman,’ Beynon says, explaining that he has two different personalities
Pass the popcorn: The home cinema, kitted out with multiple light settings, rows of red leather chairs that fully recline and a four-metre bed ‘for when it’s just me and the girls’. On the back wall are posters of his eight favorite movies: The Godfather, The Dark Knight Rises, The Wolf of Wall Street, Scarface, Rocky IV, The Great Gatsby, Ironman, and Fifty Shades Of Grey
Womaniser: The Candyman poses at his poolside. Talking about the couple’s joint-decision to introduce other girlfriends into their relationship, his wife Taesha says: ‘I kissed girls when I was younger and have always been curious so we were both keen to try it out and see how it went and it evolved from there’
The courtyard of 46-year-old Beynon’s Gold Coast home, which he bought in 2010 for $3.75million, contains a classical-inspired water feature, two palm trees and a huge mosaic of Bacchus, god of wine.
The words Candy Shop Mansion sit above his gold-plated wooden front doors flanked by two white statues and perfectly trimmed hedges.I make Fifty Shades of Grey look like a kindergarten. I’m f***ing nutsBeynon on his extraordinary sex life
His garage is accessed through two automatic glass doors – engraved with the words ‘work harder, play harder’ – and contains a Ferrari F40, Lamborghini Aventador, Rolls Royce Phantom coupe, a Jeep and a gold-sprayed motorbike for weekend rides.
All are emblazoned with his custom-drawn logo which reads ‘CM’ for his nickname Candyman and ‘TB’ for Travers Beynon when looked at from a different angle.
‘The Rolls is my Bruce Wayne car, the Lambo my Batman,’ Beynon says, explaining that he has two different personalities.
‘Its the two sides of a single coin. You have Travers Beynon – the entrepreneur the family man. On the other side you have The Candyman – the entertainer, the playboy.’
As if to prove his point about his softer, family man side, he then takes a lift upstairs which he had installed for when he moves his elderly father into the mansion to take care of him.
Excessive: Beynon has more than 100 pairs of shoes in the walk-in wardrobe which he shares with his wife. He likes to pick out which outfits she wears from day to day. Speaking to Daily Mail Australia from his Candy Shop Mansion, he insisted that he is neither a sexist nor a misogynist but merely a good-time guy making fun of people who take life too seriously
Extravagant: The wardrobe also has countless jackets, belts and handbags. Talking about his two personalities, Beynon says: ‘Its the two sides of a single coin. You have Travers Beynon, the entrepreneur the family man. On the other side you have The Candyman – the entertainer, the playboy.’
Flash: Beynon carries ‘very expensive’ Mont Grappa pen. He says: ‘I sign so many cheques and contracts it’s a very important tool.’ He also has dozens of watches, mostly by Gucci and Versace which he keeps in a bulletproof case
Attention to detail: Beynon says he enjoys choosing girls’ outfits. He says: ‘I have girls here that want to be models – I look after them and dress them and style them and make them feel beautiful.’ He rejects any accusations that he is sexist and says he only tries to have as much fun in life as possible
The pool: Looming over the water is a seven-tonne marble statue of Poseidon. ‘He’s not just the protector of the ocean but also of my pool,’ says Beynon as he points to walls lined with re-creations of Paolo Veronese’s The Wedding at Cana and Michelangelo’s The Creation Of Adam
Ostentatious: Even the boardroom has dozens of Louis Vuitton handbags and stilettos lying around for the women to try on. Beynon says he spends time with his older children in the boardroom when they come home from school and university. There they discuss their lives and and any problems. Beynon’s son, 19, is at university but also works for Free Choice
He strides into his boardroom from where he runs his business empire in the afternoons and evenings. A large table surrounded by throne-like blue and gold chairs sits opposite his desk supporting a flat screen TV, a golden calculator and golden tissue box.
Behind the desk is a cabinet full of books on leadership and management. ‘When I came back from modelling in Miami, New York, London, Paris and Milan, I put my head down and learnt everything I could about business,’ Beynon says. ‘I read my first book when I was 26 and now I’ve read every one in this cabinet.’
He designed the wooden floor himself with glass panels so he can see his cars in the garage below. ‘This won Australian Residential Floor Of The Year,’ he says proudly, pointing to the framed certificate on the wall.
Next he heads downstairs and through a new part of the house called the ballroom, which is being renovated to host lavish dinner parties and masquerade-style dances.
He wanders outside to a sprawling garden which overlooks the river. ‘This is where the wild parties happen,’ he says, pointing to the swimming pool with a bar, a ‘grotto’, and tiles he designed himself lined with 24-karat gold.
Looming over the water is a seven-tonne marble statue of Poseidon. ‘He’s not just the protector of the ocean but also of my pool,’ says Beynon as he points to walls lined with re-creations of Paolo Veronese’s The Wedding At Cana and Michelangelo’s The Creation Of Adam.
A throne fit for a king: Beynon’s two idols are Gianni Versace and Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy and editor-in-chief of the notorious men’s magazine, which began in 1953. Beynon says of his racy Instagram snaps: ‘The photos are tongue in cheek – we’re having a lot of fun and we’re taking the piss out of this world because it’s so sensitive now.’
The entrance: The enormous gates of the Candy Mansion are flanked by two classical-inspired statues set against gold backgrounds. Beynon says he rolls out of his kingsize bed and goes for a 50km bike ride every morning before work
The open-plan kitchen: This is where the Candyman entertains up to 30 women every Friday night. He says ‘we get the tequila it’s pretty wild.’ Beynon works from home in his boardroom where he sometimes has dinner with his two older children from his previous marriage
Family man: Beynon says his girlfriends are like aunties to the kids: ‘We’re a massive family. Every Sunday night we all sit at the family table, it’s a rule of mine – no phones, we get takeaway, they can’t be at their friends’ and we have dinner.’
Playboy: Beynon poses on the edge of his pool. He then points to a pontoon leading out into the river where his speedboat is moored. ‘That’s my new cigarette boat, she has 200 horsepower and absolutely hammers.’
Artist’s impression: This painting on the wall at Beynon’s poolside is inspired by Paolo Veronese’s The Wedding At Cana
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF TRAVERS BEYNON
4.30am: Rolls out of his king-size bed and goes for a 50km bike ride.
7am: Home for breakfast with his wife Taesha, 27, and their two children Velicia, seven, and Serafina, six.
8am: Goes to his Free Choice head office in the Gold Coast
2pm: Heads to the gym where he lifts weights to keep up his model physique
4pm: Works from home in his boardroom where he sometimes has dinner with his two older children from his previous marriage Valentino, 19, and Luciana, 17
9.30pm: Relaxes with his wife and girlfriends until they head to the bedroom. On weekends he parties with up to 30 women and no men
The underside of the roof jutting out towards the pool is inspired by the Sistine Chapel, he says, adding: ‘I became fascinated by Renaissance art when I was modelling in Italy. These ideas all come from my head and this is how I see the world.’
He then points to a pontoon leading out into the river where his speedboat is moored. ‘That’s my new cigarette boat, she has 200 horsepower and absolutely hammers,’ he says with a smile.
Beynon strolls inside to the main entertainment room adjacent to the pool. There is a mosaic of Versace’s face on the floor – the first thing he had done to the house – and a picture montage of his late mother Sam leans against a fireplace.
‘She passed away in 2015,’ Beynon says. ‘I miss her terribly, she was an incredibly strong woman.’ There are also photos of his teenage son and daughter from a previous marriage to Venezuelan Miss World winner Ninibeth Leal which ended with a messy divorce and a judge granting him sole custody.
He also has two children, six and seven, from his current marriage to Taesha who he met when she was modelling at his party in 2009.
The entertainment room is where guests gather inside during his wild annual parties. ‘I’m trying to give people that escape – to come into a world they would never experience and live like it for a day,’ says Beynon.
‘For the Freaks Unleashed themed bash in December, people came from 15 different countries. I have 7,000 applicants and select 1,000 myself based on their attitude and looks.
‘I’ve got the right venue, the right party, the right ideas but I need the right vibe and the vibe is controlled by the people,’ he adds.
He then glances at the kitchen where he entertains up to 30 women every Friday night and says: ‘There we get the tequila – it’s pretty wild.’
Suave: Beynon poses next to his Rolls Royce Phantom coupe. He says: ‘The first rule of being successful, is put yourself around someone who us successful. These younger girls who are in their 20s are around me and they’re watching me hustle and they’re learning from the way I am, the way I manage people.’
Time for a film: The Candyman poses in his home cinema. He says of his favourite films: ‘They all have meanings for me, for example I relate to the part in Rocky IV where the crowd turn against him he never gives up and they start to cheer for him at the end. That’s what I feel with the hate towards me. Once people get to know me, the won’t feel the same’
‘If you’re going to provoke me, be prepared for a war’: The Candyman hits back at critics who call him sexist and insists: ‘I am a feminist’
With countless racy Instagram posts featuring dozens of scantily clad women, sometimes on leashes and sometimes on their knees, Travers Beynon has copped plenty of criticism from feminists who believe he degrades women.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia from his Candy Shop Mansion, he insisted that he is neither a sexist nor a misogynist but merely a good-time guy making fun of people who take life too seriously.
He said: ‘I’m a feminist. I have girls here who want to be models – I look after them and dress them and style them and make them feel beautiful. But I also employ women who I work with in the boardroom, in the corporate setting, and I would never ask them to come the mansion and wear bikinis.
‘My wife doesn’t want to be in the boardroom, she wants to be at home with the kids and I support that.
The post that caused the most outrage was one of him holding his wife Taesha and another girlfriend by the bikini straps as they crawl at his feet
As the criticism flooded in, he responded in the only way he knows how – by fighting fire with fire and posting this photo
‘The photos are tongue in cheek – we’re having a lot of fun and we’re taking the piss out of this world because it’s so sensitive now. When I was a kid I was taught “stick and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me.”
‘Now they’re teaching kids “names hurt” so it make people more sensitive and people are getting so upset by words that more and more are having breakdowns.’
The post that caused the most outrage was one of him holding his wife Taesha and another girlfriend by the bikini straps as they crawled at his feet.
As the criticism flooded in, he responded in the only way he knows how – by fighting fire with fire.
‘When people who saw that photo started lying that I used a dog collar and and lead on the girls, I turned around and I stood on my balcony holding 13 girls on leads. I took a photo as a f*** you.’
‘If you’re going to provoke me and you’re going to talk shit about me – be prepared for a war.’
Beynon weighed in on the ball tampering scandal that has rocked world cricket with a racy Instagram post featuring his wife (centre) and girlfriends
Beynon said he only aims to ‘have fun’ with the photos and in life generally.
He reeled off the example of his recent mocking of the Australian cricket cheating scandal. He posted a photo of himself in cricket whites alongside three almost-naked women, who wore small pieces of yellow tape after the Australian team used it to tamper with the ball against South Africa.
He said: ‘I’m having fun – just like in the cricket photo. What they did was cheat, what a disgrace. So in true English or Australian humour we take the p*** out of them. It’s part of our culture.
‘Sitting around the family table we take the p*** out of each other – no-one’s sensitive. You have to have fun. The girls were laughing non-stop for five minutes when we did the cricket photo.’
He added: ‘Life is tough, business is tough and everyone needs to lighten up a bit.
‘When someone says I’m sexist it inspires me to come up with something sexist. So if they were smart, they’d leave me alone. Because if they push me, I will bite and I will come back bigger and stronger.’
Beynon walks through the kitchen to the home cinema, kitted out with multiple light settings, rows of red leather chairs that fully recline and a four-metre bed ‘for when it’s just me and the girls’.
On the back wall are posters of his eight favorite movies: The Godfather, The Dark Knight Rises, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Scarface, Rocky IV, The Great Gatsby, Ironman, and Fifty Shades Of Grey.
He says: ‘They all have meanings for me. For example, I relate to the part in Rocky IV where the crowd turn against him but he never gives up and they start to cheer for him at the end.
‘That’s what I feel with the hate towards me. Once people get to know me, they won’t feel the same – they say I’m a sexist and a misogynist but I’m not, I’m having fun and I don’t care what they say: I’m authentic and I won’t change the way I am.
He continues: ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street represents my wild side – no-one parties like I do. And I love The Great Gatsby because there’s nothing that makes me as happy as when I’m entertaining guests. My parties are out of control – there’s nothing like them on this planet.’
Beynon leaves the cinema room and walks back past his Napoleon portrait and upstairs to the master bedroom, where he shares king-size beds with at least three women every night.
Responding to his critics who call him sexist, Beynon says: ‘The girls in my life know I’m not a sexist. I idolise, I adore women, I respect them at a corporate level and I respect them on a personal level – but I take the piss out of anyone who wants to have a go at them or me’
Hedonist: ‘Life is tough, business is tough, it’s like a pressure cooker,’ Beynon says. ‘Everyone needs to lighten up a bit sometimes ’cause that pressure is going to explode. You have to have a valve that releases all that so how do you do that? By laughing’
Everywhere gold: The Candy Shop Mansion is full to the brim with ostentatious furniture including these red sofas next to a chess board with silver and gold pieces. This room also boasts a chandelier and and two classical-inspired statues
Hallway: Left is the new part of the house called the ballroom, which is being renovated to host lavish dinner parties and masquerade-style dances. Right: Collars and chains that the Candyman uses with his wife and girlfriends
There are two bathrooms – one for him and one for the women – and a make-up area where the women each have their own mirror and set of drawers containing all the beauty products under the sun.
The ceiling above the bed is mirrored and on the wall is a staggering Salvador Dali collage which he put together himself. Leaning against the wall is a sword: ‘I never know when I may have to defend my girls,’ Beynon explains.
‘The craziest nights of my life have been in this bedroom,’ says Beynon. ‘On Fridays we get a stripper pole, smoke machine and bring the DJ up to turn it into a nightclub.’ It’s two sides of a single coin. You have Travers Beynon – the entrepreneur, the family man. On the other side you have The Candyman – the entertainer, the playboy’ Beynon on his two personalities
Talking about sharing his bed with so many women, he adds: ‘I make Fifty Shades Of Grey look like a kindergarten. I fell asleep in that movie, I took the girls and we were thinking “is it gonna get serious or what?” I’m just non-stop, I’m f***ing nuts.’
Next to the bedroom is a huge walk-in wardrobe where he keeps more than 100 pairs of shoes, countless shirts and jackets and a range of Gucci and Versace watches, protected by bulletproof glass.
Pulling out a pair of golden Louis Vuittons with red souls, he jokes: ‘You don’t wear these if you’re sensitive to hate and abuse.
‘And when the haters have a go at me, my next move is to put these on’, he says, grabbing a pair of Versace silver gladiator-style sandals and placing them triumphantly on the table.
There are also handbags, dresses and dozens of pairs of high heels for his wife. ‘I buy all the girls their clothes and pick out all their outfits,’ Beynon explains. ‘When we go on holiday I plan their outfits down to the detail of their eye makeup.’
Beynon then walks downstairs and outside into his courtyard. Turning to admire his home, he says: ‘This mansion represents what I’m all about. It’s fun, it’s flamboyant, it’s out there and it’s over the top.’
Travers Beynon is certainly all of those things.
Plush: In the wardrobe there are also handbags, dresses and dozens of pairs of high heels for his wife. ‘I buy all the girls their clothes and pick out all their outfits,’ Beynon explains. ‘When we go on holiday I plan their outfits down to the detail of their eye makeup.’
Unusual: Beynon strolls inside to the main entertainment room adjacent to the pool. There is a mosaic of Versace’s face on the floor – the first thing he had done to the house – and a picture montage of his late mother Sam leans against a fireplace
‘What we do in here is more extreme than porn’: The Candyman’s wife of eight years reveals how her four-way relationship with him and two girlfriends works inside and outside the bedroom – and says she NEVER feels degraded or objectified
The Candyman has been married to Taesha, 27, for eight years after they met at one of his lavish parties.
Her disapproving parents disowned her but she now has two children of her own with the husband she shares with up to 30 other women.
Here, in her own words, she tells Daily Mail Australia her story and hits back at her fiercest critics.
I used to do promotional modelling and Trav hired me at one of his parties in 2009. When I first met him I felt instantly there was a spark there but he was avoiding me and ignoring me so I had to work for his affection.
A couple of months later I was running and he was cycling and we met on the same bike track.
There were a few smiles and then he stopped to talk one time. I was with my mum and I hardly said anything because I was so nervous and just let my mum do the talking.
He was at one of the nightclubs to promote his mate’s party and we saw each other there. I was up on a balcony and he told me that I had a really fat a*se.
I was like ‘what the hell – this guy that I like is telling me that I’m fat’. I went to speak to him and he said ‘you have a really fat a*se in that dress’ and I thought ‘oh my god’.We have a very experimental sex life – it’s extreme Taesha Beynon on sharing her marital bed with up to 30 women
We were flirting and I was talking close to his ear and he was telling me that I was spitting in his ear and making me really nervous and making it worse – it was so embarrassing.
But then we started talking about modelling and he said ‘I can help you with your portfolio’ and we exchanged numbers.
Not long after that I went his place and it happened from there – but it took about four to six months of working to try to get him.
When we started dating I didn’t know he was going to have other girlfriends as well as me but it was something that we discussed together – it wasn’t him saying ‘this is what’s going to happen’.
We’d been together for a couple of years when we started to bring in other girls.
The lift or the stairs? Beynon shared these racy Instagram snaps of him and his wives and girlfriends heading to bed. Taesha says: ‘What girl doesn’t like to be handcuffed and thrown on the bed? It’s so plain these days people need to spice it up.’
I kissed girls when I was younger and have always been curious so we were both keen to try it out and see how it went and it evolved from there.
We have a very experimental sex life – it’s extreme. I haven’t watched porn or anything like that but even if you were to watch porn I don’t think it’s anything compared to what we get up to.
Trav makes us feel comfortable to come out of our shells, to experiment with each other and with him. He is crazy but he definitely has a softer side which is what keeps us close.
Regarding the other girls, I’ve had my time with jealousy and you get past it. Trav and I have a very strong marriage and a very strong relationship – we make enough time to spend one on one together. I feel like I’m always the centre of his life.
To anyone who says Travers degrades women or is disrespectful to women, I say that they don’t know what he’s actually like. I never feel degraded – what we do is fun. Which girl doesn’t like to be handcuffed and thrown on the bed? Sex is so plain these days, people need to spice it up.
I am doing what I choose with my body and people shouldn’t judge me for that. I used to do bikini waitressing and I hated going to work. I love being here.
Day to day I still do normal things: looking after the children, cleaning the house, cooking, laundry and we try to work out as much as we can.
On Fridays and Saturdays it’s crazy – we have heaps of girls over and I love meeting new girls. Some can be too attention-seeking and others are really fun and cool and we invite those ones back.
My parents don’t like Travers and I have nothing to do with them now. They loved him at the start but then my dad asked him for $2.8million for one of his building projects and Trav refused. They have hated him since then and said the worst things about him like ‘I wish he were dead’.
I was a month out of giving birth to my first child and that was it, we stopped talking to the whole family. It was tough but it was the right decision.
I didn’t want anything to do with them, I didn’t want my children to have anything to do with them and I’m so glad I don’t talk to them or see them anymore. I picked Travers instead of them and I haven’t spoken to them since. It’s done now.
Now we have good times all the time, even just waking up next to him and cuddling him, I love times like that.
I’m hoping to be with Trav for the rest of my life and have more children with him.
You’ve read the headlines; you’ve seen the photos of extravagant, lavish parties. Everything you thought you knew is wrong – ORM went to meet the real Travers Beynon and his gorgeous family.
Welcome to the Candy Mansion
When in Rome you would take in ‘The Trevi Fountain’, here you’ll find a decadent ‘Fountain of Travi’ greeting you beyond the crested gates.
Walk the driveway, past the statues, through the front door and into the grand lobby. You’ll see a sweeping staircase, imposing Renaissance art adorning the walls and two plump purple and gold velvet wing chairs perched, awaiting guests. Continue through into the themed room, which comes alive as a VIP room at parties; it’s been The Red Room, a Jungle Room…
But today there is no party. It’s 9am on an average Thursday. Today, it’s time to finally meet Travers Beynon, the real man behind the multimillion-dollar Free Choice tobacco empire. Look beyond the lavish parties and salacious headlines, who is this man really – and what makes him tick?
In the kitchen, his beautiful wife of six years Taesha, pours a juice while two employees tap away on laptops.
Travers, 44, black hair slicked back, wears a sleek Brioni black suit and Louis Vuitton shoes. His presence looms large as he confidently shakes hands and smiles wide. Magnetic. Powerful.
“I bought this house in 2010 and have spent years converting,” he says. “Would you like a tour?”
How could anyone say no?
The first thing he added to the house was a Versace Medusa mosaic to the kitchen floor. We whisk past the Teppanyaki kitchen, through to the glamorous pool encrusted with 24-carat white and yellow gold, ‘Candy Shop Mansion’ worded into tiles, and, of course, the infamous grotto. Words have been carefully painted above the back door, ‘Any place that we love becomes our world’. A 27-ton solid marble statue overlooks the pool.
Everywhere you look, the detail is incredible.
“All of this,” he says, gesturing wide with his arm, “this is my release. It’s a representation of how I see the world. I love beauty; art, clothes, cars, women. Everything beautiful. There are two sides to me. I’m an entrepreneur (Business man) and an entertainer (party man). Two sides to a single coin.”
He’s captivating and there’s unexpected warmth about him.
He shows us where he hosts children’s parties. “We had a Mad Hatter Party here for the kids, I hired an actor as Mad Hatter. I’m very family orientated – this home is very family orientated. I’ve had the same cleaner for 24 years. He does my offices, he’s at every party with his wife and four kids, and usually wins best dressed!”
Travers lives here with his wife, girlfriend Nisha and his four children; Valentino, 18, Lucciana, 15, Velicia 6 and Serafina 5. They’re all here today but he leads us to the chilly air-conditioned movie theatre to tell his story away from little ears. Posters of his eight favourite movies hang on the back wall: Wolf of Wallstreet, Fifty Shades of Grey, The Godfather, Ironman, Scarface, The Dark Knight Rises, Rocky IV, The Great Gatsby.
Today, the real life entertainment is listening to Candy Man’s story…
“I came from humble beginnings. My parents both worked hard, they had an amazing work ethic, my mother was a full-time mum and she worked hard, often until 3am. She was a strong woman, she was the strongest example in my life, I have huge admiration for her. My grandmother was another strong woman; she was nicknamed ‘The General’!
“I came from very humble beginnings, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. I was taught to appreciate all that you have and work hard for what you want. It was important to me to raise my own children the same way, they don’t expect things to be handed to them. My son works in the business while attending University full time, he’s learning the business from the ground up.
“I was a hyperactive child, I slept one hour a night until I was 5, hinting maybe it had something to do with not wanting to miss out. Football became my life. I loved it. From when I turned nine years old, my parents would strap an AFL football in my hands when I slept every night. I dreamt of becoming a footballer. It happened, I was drafted to north Melbourne and became the youngest ever U19’s North Melbourne captain. I skipped school a lot. My parents didn’t push the academic side because at the age of 16 I felt my life was going to be football. I’d drop my friends off at nightclubs but I didn’t go in, I didn’t drink. I was totally focused. I’ve always had intense focus. There were some girls when I was a teenager, but I was focused on football.
Bryn, Travers’ General Manager jumps in, it was only the other day I re-read what one of his coaches wrote about Travers when he was only ten years old; he could have been talking about him, Travers follows on now my attitude to life. ‘Focused’ and ‘goal orientated’ kept cropping up. You see, when you push past your comfort zone, and break into ground you didn’t think was possible, that becomes addictive. If someone says to me, ‘No, it’s can’t be done”, I see it as a challenge. I will find a way to make it happen.
“I had no plan B when I broke my back playing football. Some modelling agencies had been trying to woo me, a model scout from the USA discovered me in Sydney and shortly after I signed with Elite Model Management in Miami Beach, Florida, so when I couldn’t play anymore, I packed my bags and left home and that’s what I turned to.
“My first modelling job was for Levi jeans shot in Mexico City. It was surreal. My friends back home in Melbourne were laughing their heads off – until they saw I was making a success of it. I modelled the Versace snakeskin line in the Super Studios in Milan. That was cool; music blaring, so animated, very flamboyant. Very me. I earned good money – between $2,000 and $35,000 a day. Meeting Gianni Versace was amazing, he oozes style his knowledge about fashion and passion for beauty was incredible. I was based in Milan and New York; I did shows in Paris and London. I became a lover of art.
“Every cheque I got, I took the minimum of what I needed for rent and to live on and sent the rest home to my parents to help with some capital expenses and buying stock of their new business. They set up Free Choice in 1991. There’s a perception out there that they created a business and gave it to me – not true.
“When I was living in New York I had a one-bedroom apartment in Gramercy Park. They came to visit. I walked along the street thinking, ‘Hmm, where am I going to sleep while they’re here?’ I saw a mattress on the side of the road. That’s what I slept on for a week and I tell you, it didn’t smell the best!
“I got the job as premier host a Paris Fashion show. My girlfriend, who was living in Miami, just turned up. I didn’t know she was coming. It was Thursday; I was leaving Monday to shoot in Tunisia, North Africa. She wanted to come with me. She knew I was shooting with other girls. She was hot tempered and jealous. She was also 6 foot, former Miss World Venezuela. But she needed a visa to be able to come.
“We went to the consulate on Friday but arrived at 12:05. It closed at 12pm. I looked up and saw a window was open on the second floor so I climbed up, in through the window and went downstairs to let her in. Three hours later we had a visa. Never tell me you can’t make something happen.”
His flow is interrupted when a woman walks in with his lunch. In fact, he has two lunches; it’s a very strict diet. Everything in his life runs like clockwork with immense, meticulous detail.
As he chews on his lunch, I ask about the nickname Candy Man. “The media came up with that. In my modelling days I was known as ‘The Hunter’. It wasn’t necessarily about girls. My friends said I would get this look in my eyes like, ‘I’ve got to have that’, and I’d get it. I was like a lion; nothing was going to stand in my way.”
So, the story continues that The Hunter married Miss World Venezuala when he was 25. Their wedding was in Spanish, their marriage lasted ten years and bore his two eldest children.
He wanted to start a family in Australia so joined the family business in December 1997. He put a lot of his money into property mainly into beachfront property. Property boomed in 2002-2005 and he earned a lot of money, while learning as much as he could about Free Choice. In 2006, he did a deal with his parents and acquired 51 per cent of the company, putting him in control. There has been repeated speculation that he was given the company by his parents, which he silences with the startling revelation that his father was actually his stepfather. He quickly learned that business with pure hard work. At that time there were 12 employees and just under 100 stores. Now there are over 200 staff, 300 stores and1300 vending machine in pubs and clubs.
“When I bought the majority share of Free Choice from my parents, I promised my father I’d hit a financial target and make Free Choice a household name. At a conference last year, in front of 300 people, my father stood on stage and said, ‘I too can eat my words, he’s done it’. Do you have any idea how happy it makes me knowing I’ve made my father proud?”
That smile of self-contentment speaks volumes about a man who has worked incredibly hard to prove himself.
He knows he has his critics – and he also knows it’s a waste of energy to try to silence them. Free Choice is his business; it’s also his life motto, he is a big believer of “Freedom of Choice”.
Against all the odds, with no education, he made it his priority when he’d made his millions to up-skill himself.
“When I came back from modelling in the U.S and Europe at 26, I’d never read a book,” he says. “I made a point of educating myself. I read like mad. The first book I read was, ‘She Comes First’. I’ve read as many books about women and relationships as I have about business. I did a series of Tafe courses on the weekend and in the evenings from accounting, networking for computers and psychology 1 and 2. He laughs, “I’ve been compared to Hugh Heffner – hardly! He wrote his first piece aged eight. I read my first book at 25, massive catch up there!”
Travers has sole custody of his two children from his first marriage. “People say I’m unfit? Let me say this, a judge doesn’t give custody to a father who is not fit. I’m not the bad guy people like to paint me as. She is not even allowed to contact the children. They literally ran away from her. They were hiding and I drove to pick them up. The system is jinxed against men; I fought hard for two years. Now, my children love me to death. Say what you want about me, but when your teenage daughter thinks you’re a cool dad and people comment that your kids are the best mannered kids they’ve ever met – that makes me so proud.” Manners is the number 1 rule for children.
Travers met his second wife, Taesha when she was 18 and a hostesses at a Candy Shop party.
“Why is she with me? It’s simple: fun is addictive. You can have cars and money and all those things, but that excitement only lasts for so long. Before we got married her family asked me for $2.4 milllion. I said no, going from hero to zero real quick and I didn’t tell her because I didn’t want her to be embarrassed. Six years later, we’ve been renovating the house, we’re happy. I’m a family man. Nisha and Taesha are really close, they feed off each other. We’re all happy here.”
A day in the life of The Candyman
4am-5am: up, cardio for 1 hour.
Work: Free Choice headoffice, Coomera.
Mid-afternoon: Gym. “I’ve found as I’m getting older my body gets a bit tired, so I short-circuit it and make it come alive again by going to the gym at this time.”
Home: works in office upstairs, often until midnight. Older kids come in for chats.
Then? “I go to bed and that’s another hurdle. When you’ve got one girl, that’s one thing. When there’s multiple, there’s so much going on in my mind. In bed, there’s four girls as an average. I often don’t get much sleep. What I’m like in business, life or sport, I’m like that in bed. They love my imagination and my creativity. You need that when you’ve got multiple girls. I think I come up with a new position every week. Bedroom time isn’t for me; it’s to stimulate the girls. To be good in bed it’s not about you.”
The bedroom: Large L-shaped custom-made bed (3 king size beds joined) with smoke machines underneath. Mirrored ceilings. A gold pole, scattered Versace cushions on the floor. Makeup booth along one wall with Hollywood spotlights and four mirrors for the girls.
Secret to making women happy? “Never bore them.”
“I’ve been throwing parties for twenty plus years. It wouldn’t matter what I sold, what business I was in, I’d be throwing parties. I love to entertain. Nothing makes me happier than when people walk out saying, “That’s the best party I’ve ever been to” or “What the f**k will he do next?”
They take about six months to plan. Free Choice is the engine behind it all. The whole team works so hard, there’s so much pressure, I love the bond that grows each time we throw another successful party.
People love coming to watch the show. It’s free and we have international DJ’s, laser shows, fireworks, exotic animals, entertainers and food stalls all around the edge of the house; hot dogs, hamburgers, choro’s everything!
We’ve honed it over the years. Safety is important, we have paramedics on-site, there’s a recovery room and we do a full report for the police.”
Valentino, 18 lives at the Candyman Mansion with his girlfriend, Shona, 17.
“Dad and I speak a lot about how everything works and I understand it’s important to get the trust right in our relationship first.
Yes we are living the dream – but it took a lot to get here. When dad took over Free Choice, he had a lot on his plate. It was hard when I was younger because my Dad worked so hard. I’d wake up and see my dad first thing in the morning and then Taesha would drive me to school. He’d come home from work at around 6pm, say hello and go up to his office. I wouldn’t see him for the rest of the night.
We’ve always had a good relationship, it’s very honest. I was 13 when we moved into this house, but it didn’t look like this! We spent hours outside gardening, cutting down trees, all of us helped.
On my 18th birthday I was happier my dad came out with me than any of my mates! We were out until 5am. We were the last ones dancing in the club. Sometimes he’s a good dancer. I’ve learnt some dance moves from him, sometimes when he’s smashed he shouts out, “Woooah”. I do that too. I’m happy living here. I’ve still got a lot to learn from my dad about business – and life in general.
When I was six years old, I took $50 from the till. Dad drove me to the police station. I was led into a little room, I still remember how tiny the glass window was. I saw my dad walk away and I was crying and crying. A cop came and talked to me. I was balling my eyes out. He took me to the cells and scared me. I learnt my lesson!”
“I’m very close to my dad. He was always tough on manners and respect.
If I need to speak to him, I send a message and he always makes time for me. I’m also very close to Taesha. She’s been around for six years.
When I’m older I want a husband, someone just like dad. I want two children, I’ve already chosen their names. I want to have a child when I’m 26 – I have my whole life planned out!
I want to go to America when I’m 18, I’m really passionate about making it as a model. I want to make my father proud and follow in his footsteps. We have a very close bond. I’ll work at Free Choice when I finish school and save as much as I can. My dad has an amazing work ethic, he’s taught me that. Dad’s said he’ll help me set myself up in New York. I’ll work hard modelling, save and invest in property like my dad did.”
Taesha Beynon, 26 (wife)
“I met Travers in 2009, I was hostess at the first official Candy Shop party. I smiled at him but didn’t speak to him. I used to do a lot of cardio so I’d see him along the beach path, he’d be cycling from his place. I kept seeing him. Then I saw him in a nightclub, he commented on my bum so I started talking to him and we exchanged numbers.
On our first date we went to McDonalds, I believe he did this because he always liked to stay unpredictable and not do the “norm”, we bought food and took it and sat on the Broadwater. Next time he took me to dinner. After a couple of months, it got serious very fast and I started moving my stuff in.
I had an instant connection with the kids. We lived as a family of four on Sovereign Island before we moved in here.
We got married at the end of 2011. It was meant to be a massive do but my mum became really controlling. She wanted me to have this dress, this reception, this church. It was all too much so we called it off.
I ended up having a massive fight with my parents. They asked Travers for $2.8 million. I haven’t spoken to them in six years. I’m fine about it. They’ve done more than enough for me to cut ties, especially appearing on A Current Affair and defaming my husband with lies. I will never forget what they said.
Three days before our actual wedding, Trav said, ‘Right, we’re getting married”. It was beautiful, I had no time to stress. It was intimate with just 40 friends at St Johns Cathedral in Brisbane. Then we came back here for the reception. Then I had my first daughter, Velicia in Feb 2011, Velicia.
There have always been other girls. Sometimes they only live here for a few weeks and then move on. Look at social media, you’ll see so many girls throwing themselves at him. I don’t mind – I’m married to him! he has many girlfriends but only one wife. We’d like more children. I love being a mum.
His first official girlfriend, Kirsty, had to go after a few months. She kept arguing and it wasn’t what we wanted.
It’s very different with Nisha, we’re very close. We have our fights but I love being around her. Since I met her at the first photoshoot she came to, I’d talked about her with Trav. Some nights if Trav’s working, Nisha and I go to bed and get some sleep before he arrives, we get a head start!” because we know he’s worked up when he gets to bed.
Nisha Downes, 21 (main girlfriend)
“I first heard about the Candy Shop Mansion through a friend. I was intrigued. She messaged and said they were doing a photoshoot here and I should go. I’d never done any modelling before so I was quite scared. Taesha was covered in sushi; there was an attraction between us straight away. I loved that day. In the shoot, there’s one shot where I was sat behind Trav and he said I squeezed his shoulders and pushed my body against his. Probably!
I went home that night but we kept in touch. Months later, I came up for the weekend. The three of us went up to Byron Bay for the weekend. On the last night, 23 October 2015 (yes, I remember the date), I jokingly said, “When am I moving in then?”
He said, “Next weekend.” We organised flights and that was it, I moved in. Some nights it’s just the three of us, it really varies. Some nights there are four or five girls on each bed and people even on the floor – after parties, and some random nights. Trav gets an idea in his head, sometimes, he’s seen a photo during the day and suddenly there’s more girls flying in from other states, even from overseas sometimes. We’re out by the pool until the sun comes up, those are the best nights!”
But the 46-year-old tobacco tycoon has explained to The Sun Online that his wife Taesha actually encouraged his ladies’ man lifestyle.
Travers revealed how he and his wife first got together saying: “I would also like to put some blame on my wife, because she used to talk quite openly about a girl that she would like.
“Taesha and I first met at a party in 2009.
“We didn’t talk that much that day because I was busy running the party.
“We (later) bumped into each other at a nightclub and it went from there. She started to come around and I told her the Candyman concept and my vision.
“She is the one that I disclose everything to, she’s the one I have the most trust for and she’s the mother of our children and the one that’s going to be there long term.”
For her part Taesha is more than okay with sharing her playboy hubby with his live in girlfriend Nisha.
Taesha said: “I feel like it’s really normal now. It kind of just works, everyone gets along really well. I’m into Nisha and she’s into me, and she’s into Travers.”
Travers added: “Nisha articulated it well by saying Taesha respects Nisha as a girlfriend and Nisha respects Taesha as the wife.”
He continued revealing that rather than problems arising between his wife and his girlfriend, they usually occurred between the other women he invites back.
Travers says he shares his bed each with “three or four” different women in an average week.
The Instagram star said: “It’s not so much between Nisha and Taesha but between the girls that came in groups fighting for my affection, if they’re trying to pull me away.
“I’m a good manager and I have to be not just at work but at home, with such a dynamic family and relationships.
“I’ve been with Taesha, nine, 10 years. They said it wouldn’t last because she’s so young but she ticked a lot of boxes and she believed in what I was doing. Nisha came on the scene three years ago and people said it’s impossible.
“It’s a massive family when you start to consider all the different relationships and we all do get on as a family.
Revealing how his unique living situation came to being Travers said it was at least partly his wife’s idea.
“I never set out to be the Candyman and I can you my two biggest idols were Gianni Versace and Hugh Hefner but I never wanted to be a fashion designer and I never wanted to be a Playboy with a lot of girls.
Somehow I knew this would end in a sex dungeon. My own stupid fault for asking Travers “the Candyman” Beynon for bedroom advice. We were hitting 180km/h in “The Beast”, the infamous Gold Coast playboy’s gold and black Lamborghini. Beynon suggested my well-mannered and pedestrian love-making ability was me being unwilling to bust through the boundaries of political correctness. “You need to come to the master bedroom tonight,” he said. So here we are, heading upstairs to descend into hell.
The Candyman’s regular Friday night knees-up has been pumping for three hours in the sprawling riverfront mansion they call the Candyshop Mansion, a $3.7 million Hugh Hefner-meets-Hercules palace built on the back of Beynon’s booming tobacco-store empire; on the back of a product killing roughly 15,000 Australians each year. Everybody’s loose. Everybody’s free. Follow the music, trance and hip-hop, through the living room with its marble statues of Roman gods, yellow and white marble flooring, red velvet curtains, faux Louis XIV armchairs and numerous portraits of lusty, naked, ancient Roman women.
“Another drink, sir?” asks a waiter in formal dress. Stay sober and you might just get out of here alive. “Maybe later, thanks.” Past a framed portrait of Napoleon. Climb a spiral staircase to the top floor. The master suite’s ceiling is made entirely of mirrors. There are three king-sized beds fitted with small holes that puff out clouds of mood smoke. Along one wall is a surreal Dali painting blended with a series of naked women in archedback ecstasy. A woman with bright red hair hangs from a stripper pole in the corner. Along another wall is a series of make-up stations where eight young women in lingerie and heels preen before mirrors. Beynon’s wife, Taesha, is among them and so is Beynon’s live-in girlfriend, Nisha. They both wear pink Candyshop Mansion dressing gowns over black leather lingerie.
“I want to show you something,” says Beynon. He’s dressed in a white business shirt, expensive grey vest and slacks, one of his favourite red-pink ties, leaning against a door on rollers built into the bedroom wall. “Open the door,” he says.
“What’s in there?” I ask.
“Go ahead,” he smiles. “Open it.”
The door slides right.
“Oh. My. God.”
A tool room of sorts, an X-rated Pandora’s box, its walls lined with cupboards of chains and leashes and alien sexual objects – unholy moulded rubber implements that defy physics; the dark blueprint designs of twisted fantasists brought to floppy plastic life; the rough-sketched schoolboy dreams of Beelzebub come true.
Beynon smiles, turns his eyes to a machine in the room. A kind of mechanical horse meets bicycle meets Meccano set meets giant black rubber penis co-engineered by Da Vinci and the devil himself. You think this man can’t go any further. You think he can’t get any worse. But he can. The Candyman can. “No boundaries,” he says.
Beynon picks up a small black box, the control switch that brings the machine to life, makes it go backward and forward. Backward and forward. Backward and forward.
The previous day, 7am. Taesha (pictured second from left, with Luciana and Valentino)andNisha are fixing breakfast for four kids. Tanned bodies and school lunchboxes. Brady Bunch meets Baywatch.
Beynon’s teenage children from a previous marriage, Valentino and Luciana (also pictured) – an aspiring Victoria’s Secret model – help stepmum Taesha and an elderly nanny wrangle Beynon’s and Taesha’s two angel-faced toddlers, Velicia and Serafina, who keep throwing themselves over their dad’s muscle-bound body.
“Did you see the coin?” he asks. Everything you need to know about Travers Beynon, he says, is in the coin – the large, Roman-style bronze coin affixed to the mansion’s black entry gates. On one side of the coin is a profile of Beynon above two words, “Work Harder”; the other, a shades-wearing party machine above two words, “Play Harder”.
“One side is the entrepreneur and the family man,” he says. “The other side is the Candyman.”
The Candyman is the increasingly unwieldy and provocative suited sex monster who exploded into global pop culture last year with a single Instagram photo showing the playboy walking Taesha around the mansion’s grounds by a leash.
Depending on your point of view he’s either the walking embodiment of everything wrong with the world today, or the man who’s putting the “Oh!” back into the Gold Coast.
The Candyman is a construct. Beynon, 44, pieced him together slowly, like he pieced together the elaborate gold-flecked Italian mosaic lining his grand backyard pool; still a part of himself but a part that’s been amplified, enlarged. It’s a living, breathing, screwing marketing campaign circumventing anti-tobacco advertising laws to regularly plant his company’s message – in short, that it’s your moral right to choose to kill yourself slowly – directly in the minds of his growing global legion of 617,000 social media followers. He’s a PR-fed toxic monster and he knows it; a social media mutation from the same 21st century cesspool that spat out Kim Kardashian’s oiled rump.
“If you read the papers around the world, anything bad that happens started from me and came from the Candyshop Mansion,” he says, devouring his eggs. “They said it was a collar and leash. Now, have a clear look at the photo. It’s a bikini strap. Because of one photo, it doesn’t mean I’m walking my wife around the house on a leash.”
Beynon rubs his eyes. “I got to bed at 2.10am,” he says. “I need assistance, stuff to go to sleep, it won’t happen otherwise.” Something dawns on him, some deep realisation. “I’m thinking work has become play and play has become work,” he says. “I’m in bed at 3am, I’m working, you know. It feels like work.” I’m not following.
“I’m talking about work as in play,” he says. “In the bedroom. Four [lovers] is just another night. It’s like trying to juggle paper balls in a storm with a blindfold.”
Right now, the construct, it seems, threatens to consume the creator. Sometimes he doesn’t know where the Candyman ends and Travers Beynon begins. He swallows six tablets. “I don’t ask, but they’re keeping me alive,” he says.
For all his sex and dirt and intrigue and bluster, the Candyman remains a coin that’s been flipped before. Travers Beynon is the more interesting study, a one-of-a-kind curiosity, a businessman who suspects he’s living with at least one, maybe several, undiagnosed behavioural disorders; the son of relentlessly driving parents at once burdened by the weight of success and addicted to it.
The Candyman’s casual playboy persona, says someone who worked with him, cloaks a ruthless businessman whom former employees are scared to talk about for fear of retribution. Last year, A Current Affair aired an unfavourable piece on Beynon by journalist Leisa Goddard. In response, he held a party at which guests were entertained by a mock murder scene in which Beynon shot a woman pretending to be Goddard, as Goddard’s voice was played through a speaker. The journalist was then subjected to online taunts from Beynon.
“For those of you that didn’t catch me firing my money shot all over Leisa’s face,” he wrote on Instagram, beside a view of the staged assassination. He calls it “guerrilla marketing”. Leisa Goddard calls it harassment. “It’s offensive,” she says. “What Beynon’s doing under the guise of guerrilla marketing is being a vile online troll. He’s feeding into this frightening ‘bro culture’ where it’s acceptable to use social media to publicly shame, sexually objectify and attack women. It isn’t acceptable.” That’s a view echoed by Queensland’s Minister for Women, Shannon Fentiman, who says Beynon’s “hyper-masculine attitudes underlie the epidemic of violence against women we face”.
The critics can talk all they want, shrugs Beynon, as long as they’re talking about him. A permanent lack of sleep gives him a manic buzz that makes him walk fast and talk faster. Between detailed accounts of his daily fitness regimen, he’ll drop rapid-fire reflections on childhood. He drifts into a story about how he was five years old and he wouldn’t sleep so his parents locked him inside the family car overnight and he held his breath for so long he burst the blood vessels in his face so his parents wouldn’t subject him to such terror. But then he realises he’s digressing and his conversation shifts back someplace else.
Growing up in suburban Melbourne and, later, south-east Queensland, he was a gifted AFL player. And so desperate were his parents to turn that talent into a career, he says, they bandaged a football to his hands every night when he slept.
“My mother and father were pushy,” he says. “It wasn’t until Mum died last year that I realised how intense and driving she was.”
His wife, Taesha, takes a seat at the table. She’s in her mid-20s. They met in 2009 at one of Beynon’s pool parties, events of such legend on the Gold Coast that a German documentary crew recently flew 14,700km to capture one up close.
His last “Release Your Inner Beast” mansion party in December saw 500 revellers partying among hired elephants and crocodiles and dancing bondage queens before the party was stopped by a hammed-up squad of “Fun Police” demanding “conformity and submission”. It was started again by the heroic Candyman who arrived by a flying fox to blow the fun police away with a bazooka.
“She was pretty done up,” Beynon says of the first time he met Taesha. “She wore chicken fillets.”
“Nooo,” she clarifies. “It was a water bra. I tricked him because then he thought I had big boobs.”
“I had to pay for some more,” Beynon shrugs.
And somewhere Taesha’s granddad, Graham Appleby, winces. On A Current Affair last year, Appleby referred to Candyshop Mansion as a “borderline cult”. “Shattered, absolutely shattered,” he said. “I don’t spend a lot of time looking at the [social media] photos because it breaks my heart.”
Here’s a statue of Neptune overlooking a Gold Coast canal.Here’s Beynon’s pet male pig, Chauvinist, in its backyard pen. Here’s the home cinema playing his favourite movies, The Great Gatsby and Rocky.Here’s the garage with the Harley, the Rolls-Royce, the Bentley, the Ferrari and The Beast. Here’s the fountain he built in honour of Rome’s Trevi Fountain, “The Travi Fountain”.
Beynon hands me his phone: “What’s that say?”
A random quote: I’ve been fighting to survive since I was a child. I’m not a survivor. I’m a f–king warrior. “I broke my back playing football,” he says. “All I wanted to do was play football and it was taken away from me. I was 17. My whole life was taken away from me.”
Then salvation, the lifeline that was his own chiselled face, his own spectacular abdominal muscles, his own perfect body. “Elite Model Management,” he says. He modelled for a decade. He’s often called the heir to his parents’ tobacco empire but, in truth, he says, his parents started the company in 1991 with a $100,000 loan from him.
He invested modelling money in beachfront property in his mid-20s. “Come 2002, beachfront properties had tripled and that gave me the money to get into the business and take 51 per cent,” he says. “I had to have 51 per cent because my father was quite strong and my brother and sister were in the business so I had to have the last say.”
The subject turns on a Roman coin. “You coming to gym today?” he asks. He points at my small but growing man boobs, maybe the only pair of breasts he isn’t fond of. “We’ll work chest today.”
Three six-figure numbers fill the top left corner of Bryn Sharp’s office whiteboard. “This is me and Travers arguing over the budget for his next party,” says general manager Sharp, standing in the company’s head office in Upper Coomera. “It was $250,000, then $350,000, and then he came in and scribbled $450,000. We’re making a quarter of a billion annually. We have over 200 employees. We started this business with one store. We plan to hit 300 by December.
“How do you grow in a market where you can’t advertise? The only way to increase your sales is to get more customers into your stores. No more science to it than that. The Candyman drives people into [the tobacco stores.] It’s absolutely linked.”
Beside Sharp sits Suzie Ozioko, Beynon’s HR manager and legal counsel. “My day is putting out fires,” she says. “Fires we start ourselves.” Last month, the Federal Court found Beynon’s empire engaged in deceptive and misleading conduct while poaching franchisees from tobacco rivals.
Beynon leaving court in Brisbane last month.
Back in his sweeping corner office, Beynon is defensive. “We’re responsible retailers of cigarettes,” he says. “It’s not about selling to kids or to push the cigarettes. We’re pushing free choice.” I ask him about the Gold Coast underworld. Have crims tried to muscle in on the Candyman’s lolly bag? “I’ve had a couple turn up to the mansion,” he says. “They come to cause some trouble. I think I win them over because I’m charismatic.”
The connection in itself is an insult and he’s frustrated by it. “I’m a legitimate businessman. And the tall-poppy syndrome means people don’t want to believe I’ve done it the hard way.”
He slides me an A4 poster, a mock prison snap of Beynon against a wall filled with descriptors often levelled at him: “Playboy, perfectionist, party animal, alpha male, leader, risk taker, father … ” “I’m the guy in the house of mirrors and you don’t know which one is me,” he says. He might just be right when he says he has nothing to hide. He’s sinned so much, so publically, that maybe the only things left to conceal are secret wells of vulnerability that he harbours alongside the devilry.
He’s at his most believable when he’s driving one of his prized automobiles and he’s not so much the cocky, one-note Gold Coast millionaire playboy as a cashed-up knockabout bogan dad who can’t believe his luck.
His candour means consistency, his kids say.
No surprises, even in a crazy sex mansion full of surprises for everybody else. Beynon told Valentino and Luciana his master business plan long ago. “We’ve grown up with Dad being so different,” Luciana says. “We’re just used to it. Now we’re older and we can see what he’s done, we realise he’s doing it all for us.”
Candour, says Taesha, makes their decidedly unconventional open relationship work. Full disclosure. “He’s so honest because he works on trust,” she says. “He needs it to feel safe.” It’s his best trait, Taesha says. “And the fact he can make a woman explode,” she adds.
“What’s normal?” asks Beynon (pictured right in his modelling days), slamming the accelerator down on The Beast, hurtling to his gym via the Pacific Motorway. “Husband and wife isn’t necessarily normal. Society’s evolved enough to accept same-sex marriage. Well, this is samesex marriage, plus one. Two girls plus me. My wife is happy with it. It’s not like I’m doing it behind her back. How many guys are doing it behind their wives’ backs and judging me? Gimme a break. I’m not hurting anyone.”
He slams the accelerator again and the car speeds toward several family cars turning unexpectedly into a roundabout. We’re saved only by the car’s impossibly assured braking system.
“I genuinely thought you were going to kill me then,” I confess. He laughs confidently. But he knows he can’t sustain all this. The Candyman can until the Candyman can’t. His great adventure will end in some twisted, high-speed car wreck; or in some twisted, sleepless, 30-woman-orgy, sexmachine, heart-attack nightmare. He nods his head. “I know I might regret how I lived one day,” he says. “But, you know what, I’ll never look back and regret how I didn’t live.” After an exhaustive hour of weight-lifting, Beynon exits the gym in his favourite old blue singlet.
A young regular spots him walking toward The Beast in the parking lot. The young man saunters around the car, pulls out his phone: “Do you mind?” Beynon shakes his head, no. The young man takes a selfie by the car. His name is Philip Tolo. He points at Beynon. “This guy is living the dream,” Philip says. “It will never be possible for me to get to his level.” Beynon gives him an eyebrow-raised head shake that suggests anything is possible in a popcorn world such as this, then strides around to the driver’s side door.
He’s in a rush now because it’s 5pm. Girls are already arriving at the Candyshop Mansion for the Friday night knees-up. The nanny has already picked up the kids for babysitting. The Candyman has a sex-dungeon party to host and he wants to show me the master bedroom.
As I slip into the passenger side of The Beast, Philip rushes in close to give me an urgent word of advice. “Don’t you ever forget this day, man.”
It wouldn’t be the unlikeliest of conclusions if you thought that a guy like Travers ‘Candyman‘ Beynon had always aspired to to lead the partying, polygamous lifestyle he leads. For some it’s the stuff of dreams.
But the family man revealed to LADbible that it wasn’t the path he’d always planned to take, believe it or not. In fact, as a teen he dreamt of a career as a footballer – until he broke his back and ‘life took away the only thing that mattered’.
Did that take you by surprise? Turns out there’s a lot about the guy behind the Candyman persona that you probably didn’t know.
He has four children – two of which he won sole custody over – and he was previously married for a decade, to the former ‘Miss World’ (obviously).
He certainly rubs plenty of people up the wrong way, which isn’t completely unbelievable considering what he does. He also has some controversial views, including his belief that bringing up his children in a polyamorous setting is ‘no different’ than a gay couple bringing up kids.
He explained: “They [his children] are like ‘yep, that’s our dad – he’s always been like that, he’s always been different’. What if I was in a same-sex marriage and they had to come home to two dads, or two mums?
“How do they cope with that? I can assure you that adults have been taught to be accepting of the world and the diversity but that’s not the way it is in the school ground.
“The kids’ friends at school think it’s pretty cool that their dad has more than one girl. But explaining to one of your mates that a kid at the school has two dads or two mums – that can cause a lot of heat and a lot of hate at school still.
Travers, Taesha and eldest children, Lucciana and Valentino. Credit: Supplied
“The world has changed, people are hating on me – but if they’re hating on me, are they saying they’re against same sex marriage? Because I’m no different.
“I’m diverse, I’m different. I live a different lifestyle and I don’t think it can be any more different than two males or two females bringing up a child.”
And if you’re in disagreement with him and wanted to throw a bit of hate his way, don’t bother – he’s just not arsed. In fact, he actually ‘loves’ it.
He told LADbible: “I don’t get so much hate on the street but most of the haters, like anything in life, is online, the trolls. I think that’s an epidemic and it’s not a good thing.
Ignoring the haters. Credit: Instagram/traversbeynonofficial
“Hate has never bothered me, it only inspires me. I think times have changed from the beginning when I was first in the news, I think they’ve seen me stick around and think, ‘This guy is actually authentic.’
“All the haters go, ‘Oh, he’s a party animal,’ and they’ve stuck around and gone, ‘He has a business, he’s working his way up, and he’s a good father with good kids, so maybe he’s ok.’
“I love hate. During the Australian ball tampering [cricket scandal], I did a post with three naked girls with yellow tape all over their parts. Australians are a bit like the English; we like taking the piss out of each other and having a bit of a laugh.
“At the end of the day I’m a father and a businessman and I do that well – and I throw the biggest and best house parties around the world. I can do both, it takes a lot of energy.”
But how did he get to where he is today? Travers told us that it ‘evolved over the many experiences’ he’s been through.
He continued: “It started very far from what my lifestyle is today. I started just as a young boy, I was obsessed about playing football to a point where my parents used to strap a football with a bandage to my hand every night when since about nine or ten years of age.
“I didn’t have much interest in school. All I wanted to do was play football and I won a few awards for Australia when I was a teenager – I was picked up by North Melbourne, a football league team, at the age of 16 or so.
“And then unfortunately I broke my back aged 17 or 18 so I couldn’t take football anymore. Life took away the only thing that mattered to me when I was a teenager, so I had to cope with that. And at that time a modelling agency scouted me and then I shot off to Miami in Florida.
Travers during his modelling days. Credit: Supplied
“And then from there I travelled all over the world for the next 10 years or so, modelling. Then I met my first wife in Miami – the former Miss World – and we decided to settle back on the Gold Coast and had two children, so I was married for ten years with my first wife.
“After that I really started to brand the parties the ‘Candy Shop Mansion’ and they really evolved from there and the ‘Candyman’ came through that. It’s often said I call it myself but that’s not really the case. People just assumed the owner of the Candy Shop Mansion must be the Candyman.”
Travers met his second wife, Taesha, when she worked as a hostess at one of his shindigs. The pair now have two other children and Travers is proud of his four kids.
He told LADbible: “I won sole custody of the two eldest children about eight or nine years ago. I get a lot of the public just jealous, a lot of hate and they [public] want to attack me because I live a wild lifestyle, [so] I must be a bad father.
“In fact that’s quite the opposite because I was awarded by the court sole custody of my eldest two children – the proof is in the pudding.
“Just two years ago my son was captain of year 12 and won all of the academic awards and he’s a great leader. That comes back to one thing that I was taught – manners.
“I think that’s been lost these days, but my parents were so strict on manners and that followed through to me. I think that’s the core of any good upbringing.
“I certainly didn’t set out to lead this lifestyle. I grew up with two very conservative parents and I was married for ten years.”
He also gifted LADbible with some dating advice – particularly beneficial for anyone struggling. We would argue it could be pretty solid guidance as well.
Travers told us: “Be yourself.”
Well, he didn’t say just that, there was some other stuff as well.
“If you’re talking from a male’s point of view and how to attract women,” he continued, “it’s to be authentic. When you’re authentic you project the most important part which is that you don’t give a fuck. Learn not to give a fuck and live your life the way you want to live your life.
“Don’t try and work on a girl; work on yourself, it’s all about how you project yourself. Females are a smarter race, they’re gonna watch more closely and have more perspective. A man has to concentrate on himself.
“Be authentic and really be strong in that sense and that will project. If he doesn’t give a fuck about what people think it will become attractive to a woman, that’s the most important step. And clearly I don’t give a fuck about too much.”
Finally, we wondered whether there would ever come a day when he decided to throw the towel in on his partying lifestyle – although you might be wondering, ‘why the fuck would he do that?’
Well he said: “I don’t know but if you look at the history with my life you could probably say that my life – and I think everyone should look at their lives the same – [is] like chapters in a book.
“For mine, football was a chapter, then to a modelling chapter, then to property, then to business. I would say that I can’t see what will happen next in that sense, but the chapters have been very different and I’m sure one day I will wake up and think of something creative to do. Anything could happen next.”
And a parting note from Travers: “I’ve had some really tough moments in my life. I think life is like that for people who have worked hard and gone through really bad experiences, but if they stick it out and don’t give up they are rewarded.”
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