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Joe Wicks reveals the impact of his parents' 'severe mental health problems' ahead of documentary


Joe Wicks bravely opened up about the impact his parents’ ‘severe mental health problems’ had on him during an appearance on Lorraine on Monday.

The Body Coach, 36, is at the helm of an upcoming Louis Theroux documentary titled Mental Health, My Family And Me and explained why his childhood ‘shaped’ him in a particularly poignant way. 

Talking of the moving venture to Lorraine, 62, the fitness guru said: ‘I think everyone just sees the Joe Wicks body coach and that’s the end result. My childhood, it shaped me. It gave me a drive, it gave me empathy to want to help others.’

'My childhood, it shaped me': Joe Wicks revealed the impact of his parents' 'severe mental health problems' as he discussed upcoming documentary on his family during Monday's Lorraine

‘My childhood, it shaped me’: Joe Wicks revealed the impact of his parents’ ‘severe mental health problems’ as he discussed upcoming documentary on his family during Monday’s Lorraine

He continued: ‘Now knowing my parents’ upbringing, I realise they both had severe mental health issues. My mum had OCD and eating disorders, my dad had a drug addiction. 

‘Being a young boy in that environment – it’s very chaotic, you’re up and down, you’re anxious. I think exercise was my go to. The documentary reveals that.’   

Joe recently revealed that he is ‘best friends’ with his former heroin addict father, Gary, and the pair have ‘bonded again’ after reconnecting.

Honest and open: The Body Coach, 36, is at the helm of an upcoming Louis Theroux documentary titled Mental Health, My Family And Me and talked of the moving venture to Lorraine, 62

Honest and open: The Body Coach, 36, is at the helm of an upcoming Louis Theroux documentary titled Mental Health, My Family And Me and talked of the moving venture to Lorraine, 62

Reflecting: He said: 'Now knowing my parents' upbringing, I realise they both had severe mental health issues. My mum had OCD and eating disorders, my dad had a drug addiction'

Reflecting: He said: ‘Now knowing my parents’ upbringing, I realise they both had severe mental health issues. My mum had OCD and eating disorders, my dad had a drug addiction’

The personal trainer, who recently announced that he’s expecting his third child with his wife Rosie, said his own father’s mistakes taught him to be a better dad.

Joe explained how Gary’s absence during his childhood inspired him to be ‘more stable’ and ‘supportive’ for his own children Indigo, three, and Marley, two.

Speaking to The Sun, he explained: ‘When your father is absent as a young kid, it makes you want to be stable.’   

Family: Joe recently revealed that he is 'best friends' with his former heroin addict father, Gary, and the pair have 'bonded again' after reconnecting (pictured with his brother George, centre and dad, Gary, right)

 Family: Joe recently revealed that he is ‘best friends’ with his former heroin addict father, Gary, and the pair have ‘bonded again’ after reconnecting (pictured with his brother George, centre and dad, Gary, right) 

Joe continued as he added that his childhood experiences made him strive to be a ‘supportive’ parent as this is something he lacked as a child. 

He said: ‘It’s made me be very committed to Rosie for one and to work through stuff – if we have an argument I don’t want to drag it out.’  

Speaking of his new relationship with his father, he detailed: ‘We’re like best friends now – my dad obviously was a drug addict, he is a drug addict and will always be a drug addict but he’s in recovery.’

Doting dad: Joe explained how Gary's absence during his childhood inspired him to be 'more stable' and 'supportive' for his own children Indigo, three, and Marley, two

Doting dad: Joe explained how Gary’s absence during his childhood inspired him to be ‘more stable’ and ‘supportive’ for his own children Indigo, three, and Marley, two

Tough: The lockdown PE teacher spent 15 days filming BBC show Joe Wicks: Mental Health, My Family and Me with filmmaker Louis, 51, which was announced in July last year

Tough: The lockdown PE teacher spent 15 days filming BBC show Joe Wicks: Mental Health, My Family and Me with filmmaker Louis, 51, which was announced in July last year

The fitness guru said that the pair have a ‘really wonderful’ time together and have bonded over motorbikes trips. 

Joe has spoken about his troubled childhood in the past as he delved into memories of his past for the upcoming documentary.  

He suffered turmoil in his younger years, living through family addiction and mental health issues, admitting his past ‘buckled’ him.

Whilst Gary was a heroin addict who spent time away at rehab, his mother Raquela suffered obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia and anorexia, while his grandfather was an alcoholic.

The lockdown PE teacher spent 15 days filming BBC show Joe Wicks: Mental Health, My Family and Me with filmmaker Louis, 51, which was announced in July last year.  

Congratulations! Last week, Joe took to Instagram to announce he was expecting his third child with Rosie

Congratulations! Last week, Joe took to Instagram to announce he was expecting his third child with Rosie

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