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EXC: Usain Bolt speaks about his three children and building up mental health resilience


Usain Bolt has spoken candidly about building up mental health resilience, while joking his three children ‘have a long way to go’ before they realise their dad’s worldwide fame.

The eight-time Olympic gold medallist, 35, shares daughter Olympia, two, and twin sons, Saint and Thunder, 12 months, with his girlfriend Kasi Bennett, 32.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline during training ahead of Sunday’s Soccer Aid in aid of UNICEF UK, he said: ‘I just learnt from a young age that you will win some, you’ll lose some but if you work hard, you’ll be fine.

Opening up: Usain Bolt has spoken candidly about building up mental health resilience, while joking his three children 'have a long way to go' before they realise their dad's worldwide fame

Opening up: Usain Bolt has spoken candidly about building up mental health resilience, while joking his three children ‘have a long way to go’ before they realise their dad’s worldwide fame

‘For me, I’ve always worked hard. As long as you work hard, you shouldn’t worry about anything. If you don’t win, you go back with your coach and figure out what you did wrong, work on that, and go and try again.’

While he’s known globally as the fastest man alive, he quipped that his brood of three will be completely unaware of his successes for a good while.

He said: ‘They’re young. My daughter’s just two and my boys are one so they have a long way to go before they know or understand who their dad is.’

Family: The eight-time Olympic gold medallist, 35, shares daughter Olympia, two, and twin sons, Saint and Thunder, 12 months, with his girlfriend Kasi Bennett, 32

Family: The eight-time Olympic gold medallist, 35, shares daughter Olympia, two, and twin sons, Saint and Thunder, 12 months, with his girlfriend Kasi Bennett, 32

Having found a friend in Tom Grennan during practice for their upcoming charity football match, Usain, who turned to producing music after his retirement from sprinting, vowed to collaborate with the singer, 27, on a track for his second album.

Usain previously revealed he was keen to collaborate with artists in the UK and had reached out to several of them already, after releasing his first LP Country Yutes last September.

He’s now admitted he tried his hand at singing once before realising he ‘wasn’t good enough’ and would be better suited as a DJ.

Usain said: ‘I’m a producer, I can’t sing. I’ve learnt that from the start. I’ve tried once and I didn’t feel like I was good enough. Do you know what I mean? I knew my limitations, so I produce music.’

Wow! While he's known globally as the fastest man alive, he quipped that his brood of three will be completely unaware of his successes for a good while (pictured in 2016)

Wow! While he’s known globally as the fastest man alive, he quipped that his brood of three will be completely unaware of his successes for a good while (pictured in 2016) 

An eager Tom, who teamed up with Calvin Harris on By Your Side in 2021, soon butted in: ‘I’ll jump on a track with him though.’

Usain replied: ‘Yeah, next year when I’m working on an album.’

The Little Bit Of Love hitmaker then revealed he would ‘100 percent’ be up for jetting to Usain’s studio in Jamaica.

Tom was the victim of an unprovoked attack in April which left him with a ‘ruptured eardrum’ when he was mugged following a gig in New York.

Talented: Usain, who turned to producing music after his retirement, admitted he tried his hand at singing once before realising he 'wasn't good enough' and would be better as a DJ

Talented: Usain, who turned to producing music after his retirement, admitted he tried his hand at singing once before realising he ‘wasn’t good enough’ and would be better as a DJ

Giving an update on his health, he said: ‘It’s healing, it’s healing. Unfortunately things like that happen and I’ve just gotta look forward and look positive but it was a scary time.

‘Listen, I’ve been to the doctors and my hearing is healing but, like I said, gotta look forward and enjoy where I’m at. I’m living my dream.

‘The only thing I’d say is, I can’t wear headphones right now. Yeah it is horrible, but it’s giving me a bit of a break so it’s all good.’

Exciting: Having found a friend in Tom Grennan ahead of the charity football match, Usain vowed to collaborate with the singer, 27, on his second album (Tom pictured with Kem Cetinay)

Exciting: Having found a friend in Tom Grennan ahead of the charity football match, Usain vowed to collaborate with the singer, 27, on his second album (Tom pictured with Kem Cetinay)

Meanwhile, Mo Farah said of being a role model to young people: ‘I think it’s really nice because, like myself, if I didn’t have the right support and the right people guiding me, I don’t know if I would have got far in life.

‘So it’s really important for us to give back to the community, back to charity and change people’s lives because we can.

Regarding Soccer Aid, he added: ‘To us, it’s not a lot. It’s one day a year where we get all celebrities together to raise as much money as we can. If everyone got involved, we can change lives, particularly kids.’

Set to be held on Sunday 12 June at The London Stadium, the match aims to raise money for the charity UNICEF, who help the world’s most disadvantaged children.  

The event has raised over £60 million since its initial beginning in 2006, with 2021’s match raising a record-breaking £13 million.

Money acquired from this year’s game could help UNICEF provide vaccines, fight malnutrition, and provide safe spaces to protect children in times of crisis, helping kids get back to the childhoods they are entitled to.

Liam Payne, Damian Lewis, Mo Farah, Mark Wright, Chelcee Grimes, Martin Compston, Idris Elba and Mo Gilligan are just some of the names set to take part.

Soccer Aid for UNICEF will air on ITV at 6:30pm on Sunday. 

Beaming: Meanwhile, Mo Farah said of being a role model to young people: 'If I didn't have the right support and the right people guiding me, I don't know if I would have got far in life'

Beaming: Meanwhile, Mo Farah said of being a role model to young people: ‘If I didn’t have the right support and the right people guiding me, I don’t know if I would have got far in life’

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