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Joe Wicks fights back tears as he recalls dad's heroin addiction in emotional This Morning interview

JOE Wicks fought back tears as he appeared on today’s This Morning to discuss his troubled childhood ahead of his upcoming, deeply personal documentary.

The 36-year-old was overcome with emotion after watching a scene where he confronts his dad Gary over his heroin addiction.


In the clip Joe is told how his dad used to hide his addiction from him and his siblings when they were younger by saying he was nipping to the shops. 

Speaking to Gary as he broke down in tears, Joe said: “You may as well have just said, ‘I’m just going to go and score some gear’. 

“You never came back with milk, but it was like I knew that that's what it meant. 

“I almost just didn't want to let you go. I always used to think, ‘why can't you be clean, ain’t we enough at home?’”

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Speaking about the difficult memory to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, he said: “That scene still brings out in emotion in me.

“There is stuff locked inside you as a kid that you suppress and you don’t want to confront. In my head the documentary was going to be about other families, mental health in the UK but it became a really personal thing.

“I realised that all the things I have been through have shaped who I am, it’s given me that drive and empathy to want to help others and even share this story.

“I was aware and around loads of destruction. Heroin addiction is a really destructive thing. I was just anxious all the time and scared and nervous. I was disruptive in school, I became the naughty kid, no one stopped me and said ‘what is going on at home’, no one asked if I was OK.”

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Joe admits he blanked out swathes of his upbringing with two mentally ill parents on an Epsom council estate, but brings a lot of it up in the BBC One documentary Joe Wicks: Facing My Childhood. 

As well as talking to his dad about his addiction in the film – produced by Louis Theroux – Joe speak to his mum Raquela Mosquera about her OCD and eating disorder. 

Raquela went to rehab for five months to get better when Joe was 12 and his younger brother George was just one.

Roofer Gary struggled with his smack addiction after he first tried sniffing glue and booze aged 13. 




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