FITNESS guru Joe Wicks has revealed he grew up with a drug addict father in a “dysfunctional” household.
Opening up about his childhood ordeal for the first time the Body Coach, 32, who is now worth an estimated £14.5million, told how the torment left him determined never to go near drugs himself.
Joe Wicks opened up about growing up with a drug addict father who went in and out of rehab for years[/caption]
The cookbook star and healthy living expert, who has a seven-month-old daughter Indie with his Page 3 girl fiance Rosie Jones, 28, confessed that his roofer dad Gary put his social worker mother Raquela and through siblings through torture growing up in South London.
Joe said: “My dad was a drug addict from a very young age, so he was in and out of rehab when I was a kid.
“He’s been through the 12-step programme God knows how many times, but he’s clean today, which is the most important thing, and he’s doing the London Marathon this year.”
“I grew up in a dysfunctional household. I grew up on a council estate, but I still had a roof over my head, we still had food, I went on school trips. I wasn’t completely deprived.
“The only thing was my dad was in and out – that was difficult. My dad was in and out of rehab, so he wasn’t always there.”
Asked if his father’s addiction was a catalyst for his dedication to health and fitness Joe responded: “Not health, but it definitely made me never want to get involved with drugs.
“It made me understand how damaging drugs can be to a family and someone you love, so I learned through his mistakes.”
Joe revealed that he is now “really good friends” with his father.
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Speaking to Happiful magazine he said: “I love him because of the journey he’s been on. I don’t look back and go ‘Oh, the trauma’ and ‘I was abandoned’.
“I don’t live with judgement or resentment, I don’t have time for it. My mum and dad have gone through therapy for so many years, and I always think: ‘If you keep looking back, what are you doing today? How are you going to feel good today?’
“I love my mum for raising us, and I love my dad for teaching me what to avoid. I really believe you need to have some challenges in life, because you come out of it, and are better for it.”
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