Joe Wicks confronts his father’s addiction and mental health issues

Joe Wicks has revealed he burst into tears while delving into memories of his troubled childhood for an upcoming documentary with Louis Theroux. 

The Body Coach, 36, suffered turmoil in his younger years, living through family addiction and mental health issues, admitting his past ‘buckled’ him.

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

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Troubled past: Joe Wicks, 36, burst into tears as he delved into memories of his troubled childhood for an upcoming documentary with Louis Theroux, saying his past ‘buckled’ him

The lockdown PE teacher spent 15 days filming BBC show Joe Wicks: Mental Health, My Family and Me with filmmaker Louis, 51, with the programme set to air next month.

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On filming the show, he told TalkRadio: ‘It’s a tough subject to talk about.

‘I was interviewing my mum and she said, “When your little brother George was two, I went into rehab to deal with things.”‘ 

He added that he thought his dad may have been using drugs at the time, confessing: ‘That buckled me…

‘Chatting to my dad, he got emotional. Realising what I went through – I had actually blocked a lot of it out…I was really emotional in every scene.’

Speaking out: The lockdown PE teacher spent 15 days filming BBC show Joe Wicks: Mental Health, My Family and Me with filmmaker Louis Theroux (pictured) 

However, while Joe admits his past was tough, he insists it has made him a stronger person today.

The fitness coach – who married wife Rosie Jones in 2019, with the couple sharing daughter, Indie, three, and 22-month-old son Marley – believes he is better husband and father because of his past experiences, saying he’s ‘really stable and loyal to my wife and kids’.

He added that he knew how much it hurt his father when he couldn’t be there for his family amid his addiction troubles.

Happy family: The fitness coach is married to wife Rosie Jones in 2019, with the couple sharing daughter, Indie, three, and 22-month-old son Marley

Joe previously said of making the documentary: ‘I’ve spent a lot of time helping people improve their physical health, but as a child that grew up in a home with parents that struggled with their mental health, I know that this is just as important, especially given what’s happened over the last year.

‘I’m passionate about exploring it and I want to use my own experience to connect and help families today who are in similar situations to the one I was in. 

‘I also want to share the message that exercise can be a really powerful tool in helping to boost our mental health.’

Joe Wicks: Mental Health, My Family and Me is set to air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in November. 

Stable: Joe believes he is better husband and father because of his past experiences, saying he’s ‘really stable and loyal to my wife and kids’

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