Jay Blades: The Repair Shop star talks being ‘abused and spat at’ in bullying ordeal

The Repair Shop star Jay Blades, 50, mentioned he needed to defend himself in school after struggling racial and bodily abuse by bullies. Opening up concerning the ordeal, he mentioned: “I went to a predominantly white secondary college and skilled loads of hate and racism.

“They might racially abuse me, spit on me, throw stuff at me, journey me up, smash my books up. I needed to defend myself towards bullies quite a bit.

“There have been additionally loads of medicine in Hackney, however once I noticed individuals strung out, it simply taught me they have been tousled and I didn’t wish to do this.”

The presenter went on to say coming from a household with “no cash” is what began his love for restoring furnishings.

He added to Radio Instances: “Second-hand was model new to me.

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“Behind the cameras in addition to in entrance, we’re only one large comfortable household.”

In the identical interview, Jay opened up a couple of troublesome time he confronted away from the cameras.

The BBC star mentioned he reached a low level in his life, however was given a “new lease of life” by a businessman he met.

He defined: “About 4 years in the past, I had a time the place I simply fell down, I used to be fairly low.

“A businessman in Wolverhampton picked me up and took me below his wing. He really gave me a brand new lease of life.

“It allowed me to do my artistic stuff in the constructing that he owned and now I’m on The Repair Shop.”

Learn the total interview in Radio Instances journal out now.

The Repair Shop continues tonight at 8pm on BBC One.

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