Lorraine: Jay Blades says he’s ‘excited’ to meet his sister
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Jay Blades, 51, is set to reunite with his eldest sister after they spent over four decades apart. The Repair Shop star opened up on discovering he has 25 brothers and sisters, as he detailed his troubled upbringing.
I’ve always wanted to meet
Jay began by discussing his dad, who he does not like to refer to as his dad, but instead as the man who “contributed” towards his conception.
He told Lorraine Kelly on her ITV programme this morning: “I call him the man who contributed towards my birth.”
The TV personality is now set to meet up with his older sister, for the first time since their childhood.
“I’ve got 25 brothers and sisters and met 11 of them, and recently I got in contact with my older sister that I’ve always wanted to meet.
“I can’t wait to meet her. It’s gonna be a real emotional time.
“Last time I saw her I think I was five years old.”
Jay has said in the past that he has siblings all over the world, with six in America, two in Africa, and three in Jamaica.
In his new book Making It, the presenter shares details about “dark” moments in his life.
He talks about dealing with horrific racist abuse, going through a mental breakdown, and how he came out the other side.
The TV star revealed: ‘When I look back at my life I’m just like, really?
“It’s like, wow it’s an unbelievable life that I’ve had.
“Because I’ve lived it I haven’t reflected. Six years ago I just fell down, there was no vision for me. It got dark.
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“There are a lot of people that suffer but what helped me was when I spoke out.
“I cried for the first time at 45 in front of a black guy and he didn’t take the mickey.
“I was reborn at 45 and got into TV at 46, now I’m 51.”
Jay has become a household name on BBC’s The Repair Shop alongside his colleagues Suzie Fletcher, Steve Fletcher and Will Kirk.
The restoration experts travel around the country, repairing family heirlooms, with Jay acting as the foreman.
The star has also spoken out on his dyslexia battle, which leaves him struggling to read his BBC scripts on the programme.
He told The Sun: “I am heavily dyslexic and if they send me a script I can’t read it.
“They tell me who is coming on and we do it one take.”
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