Jay Blades admits he felt like ‘a complete failure’ as he cheated on his ex-wife
Jay Blades reveals first time he cried in front of his friend
Jay Blades has confessed to feeling like a “complete failure” after he cheated on his first wife.
Speaking to Spencer Matthews, 34, on the Big Fish podcast hosted by Global, The Repair Shop host Jay, 53, opened up about a “dark time” in his life.
The BAFTA-winning presenter was discussing how he felt when his charity, Out of the Dark, which Jay co-founded with his ex-wife and ran for 15 years, was forced to close in 2015 due to financial difficulties.
When asked whether he felt suicidal, Jay responded: “Absolutely. I was running a charity, Out of the Dark, and basically I ran it with my ex-wife, and the funding dried up, and also I, to cut a long story short, I cheated.”
Sounding upset, he continued to tell Spencer: “My ex-wife ran finances and helped with the business side of things whilst I dealt with the young people, and basically, I remember getting in the car and everything had flopped; the marriage had flopped, the business, the young people I was working with, the whole shebang. I felt like a complete failure with the decision I decided to take to destroy the relationship.”
Out of the Dark was a Wycombe-based charity that helped young people restore furniture. It was launched as a way to train, educate and employ people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Jay launched the charity with his ex-wife Jade, whom he met whilst they were at university.
Jay married his second wife, Lisa Zbozen, 42, in a lavish ceremony in Barbados. Lisa, who is a fitness trainer, works with the subscription-based workout website and app The Wkout.
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During the podcast interview, the presenter also opened up about his battle with depression after he found himself homeless due to the breakdown of his first marriage to Jade.
But he turned his life around and credited his community for “building him back up”. He also praised the support from several counsellors, who taught him how to get rid of the “macho male” attitude he had shown since his youth, and how to express his vulnerabilities.
He also opened up about the relationship he has with his estranged father, whom he describes as “the man who contributed to my birth”, and recalled how a conversation with his half-sister led him to find out that he has 27 brothers and sisters, with potentially more abroad.
Jay has presented Repair Shop on BBC One since 2017, where a team of skilled craftspeople rescue and repair items their owners thought were beyond saving.
The full interview with Jay Blades can be listened to on the Big Fish with Spencer Matthews on Global Player or Spotify.
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