Repair shop star Jay Blades has announced that he plans to reunite with a long-lost sister he hasn’t seen in 25 years.
The 51-year-old TV favorite told Lorraine Kelly that he is planning a reunion this year.
What did Jay Blades from The Repair Shop say about his sister?
Jay appeared in today’s edition of Lorraine (Thursday 13 May) and talked about his complicated family life.
Host Lorraine Kelly told viewers Jay had no relationship with his father but was now seeing many of his 25 siblings.
“I don’t call him my father, I call him the man who contributed to my birth,” Jay told Lorraine.
“I have 25 brothers and sisters and have met 11 of them.
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“I recently got in touch with my older sister, whom I’ve always wanted to meet.
“I can’t wait to meet you. It’s going to be a real emotional time.
“The last time I saw her I was five years old.”
What did Jay say about his upbringing?
In an exclusive interview with ED! In November 2020, Jay described his difficult upbringing.
He announced that he has no heirlooms because he grew up on the “poor side of town”.
“Growing up on the poor side of town,” he said, “what happens is that anything that has value is either sold for Christmas gifts or bought clothes to go to Sunday school.”
“I couldn’t see tomorrow”
Jay also revealed in his new book, Making It: How Love, Kindness, and Community Helped Me Fix My Life, that he once thought of suicide after his marriage breakdown in 2005.
“I couldn’t see tomorrow, I couldn’t see myself in the future,” he said.
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“It was all, the breakdown of my marriage, my business, I couldn’t talk to anyone about it.”
He continued, “I had entered a world that was dark and utterly dark.
“I couldn’t even think clearly about the impact on my children, whom I loved more than life itself.”
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