Real Full Monty viewers ‘broken’ as Teddy Soares opens up about losing dad aged 13

Strictly The Real Full Monty viewers were left heartbroken last night as they watched Love Island star Teddy Soares opening up about losing his dad to cancer when he was just 13 years old.

Teddy, who is part of the all-star line-up taking part in the ITV show where famous faces dare to bare for charity, had a heart-to-heart with fellow celebrity participant James Jordan.

During their frank conversation, the 26-year-old spoke about the ‘painful’ impact the tragedy had on his life, including hiding his grief from school friends and teachers and the last conversation he had with his dad.

Teddy also admitted it was the ‘first time’ that he’d spoken openly about what he’d experienced in a bid to help others going through similar circumstances.

Watching the emotional scenes play out, Strictly The Real Full Monty viewers took to social media to praise Teddy for speaking out so bravely.

One said: ‘Hearing Teddy Soares’ story of losing his dad breaks my heart. Losing your dad is the worst pain in the world.’

Another added: ‘Teddy Soares talking about losing his dad just broke me. I can’t imagine being 13 and losing a parent.’

While others thanked Teddy for being so open, writing: “It makes a real difference to many fighting their own battles.”

Speaking with James, who earlier in the programme had opened up about dealing with his own grief since his dad passed away in March, Teddy confessed: “Thanks for doing that because it was so powerful and it just reminded me of when I was younger.”

The reality star continued to speak of his own painful experience, saying: “I was 13 when my dad passed away from cancer.”

Teddy then went on to recall growing up in a house where his dad was secretly battling the disease.

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He explained: “My first memory of my dad was when I saw one of those cardboard bowls that you get in a hospital and I would always hear him throwing up in it. That’s what sticks when I think about my dad being ill with cancer.”

Teddy then told James: “We didn’t actually know at the time that he had cancer. I initially thought that he was just sick.”

And emotions ran extremely high as Teddy recalled seeing with his dad for the very last time.

He said: “We were sat down speaking to my dad and he was telling us how much he loves us and how much we need to continue to respect my mum and treat her like an absolute Queen.”

“I remember my older cousin broke it to us that dad has passed away, it was painful. We just couldn’t even fathom the words that came out of his mouth and we were crying for hours.”

“Literally, hours on end, just crying. I was a mess, I was a mess going into school. You’d see parents together laughing and joking and you’d think to yourself, ‘why us?’”

Speaking about the impact on his life, Teddy continued: “I didn’t tell anyone at school. Even teachers would ask, ‘are your parents coming to parents’ evening?’ and we’d say, ‘no, my mum’s coming.’”

“I remember when teachers did used to ask me and I’d f*** off to the toilet and have a good cry and nobody would know that.”

“As a family we were broken, but we had to keep it together because my mum was also pregnant with my little sister who was due to be born a month later.”

Teddy also revealed how his dad still inspires everything he does today.

The star, who revealed he wears his dad’s gold chain all the time, concluded: “Every single day and everything that I do, my dad is always in the back of my mind.”

“I wear [his chain] every single day because I can actually feel some part of him is still with me.”

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