Jay Blades, star of BBC’s The Repair Shop, has opened up about the mistakes he’s made in the past.
We all make mistakes and it seems that even picture perfect TV stars are not exempt from them.
The Repair Shop host and furniture expert recently released his own book, Making It: How Love, Kindness and Community Helped Me Repair My Life.
The book is a memoir which opens up about Blade’s personal life, especially during his younger days.
In the book, Jay Blades opened up about things he regretted, which according to him where ‘terrible mistakes’.
He wrote in his new book: “I’ve been more than a little bit naughty and I could have turned into a proper wrong ’un, but I’m relieved to say that I managed to turn my life around.”
He grew up on an estate in the Hackney area of East London where he lived with his mother and half brother.
As a young child, Jay had a troubling start to life as he faced racism from peers and also lived with dyslexia.
He left school at 15 without any qualifications and worked as a labourer and in factories.
“And the impulses that helped me to do that are the same ones that power The Repair Shop – love, and family and community,” Jay added.
Before the star gained national recognition for his hit BBC show The Repair Shop, which he has been presenting since 2017, it seemed that his journey to success was not an easy one.
The widely watched show showcases talented craftsmen use their expert skills and talents to bring old treasured antiques and heirlooms back to life.
In the show, antique holders bring a range of items, where Blades and his crew work together to recondition them to their former condition.
However, in Jay’s memoir, he revealed: “I’ve done things that I’ve been proud of, and made terrible mistakes.”
The antique expert further added: “I even, not all that long ago, lost my way so catastrophically that I broke down and wondered if I wanted to carry on living at all.”
Blades spoke about how his life was dramatically different, before he found stability and success which led to his popular TV show on the BBC.
He said: “Before I got into TV, I had another life. Actually, I had a few!
“And, after being on the wrong side of the law, I even found myself policing the police!”
The TV presenter revealed how he tried to turn his life around at times: “I worked with homeless people and with would-be delinquent teenagers. I was a community worker, and a philosophy student.”
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However, Jay revealed in his book that his life, despite his efforts to turn his life around, for a while his life was spiralling out of control.
“I even, not all that long ago, lost my way so catastrophically that I broke down and wondered if I wanted to carry on living at all,” the star confessed.
We are glad that the star pulled through his experiences and went on to use his talents to star in a brilliant TV show; his story is also a testament to how anyone can turn their life around if they have the will.
His book Making It: How Love, Kindness and Community Helped Me Repair My Life is available now.
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