Joe Wicks admits he ‘cries all the time’ as he opens up about tough childhood

Joe Wicks – already a national treasure – has earned himself even more credit after his new documentary 'Facing my Childhood' aired for the first time on Monday evening.

The emotional, hour-long film showed Joe – also known as The Body Coach – revisiting his chaotic childhood. Joe looked back on his experience of growing up with a dad who was addicted to heroin and a mum with obsessive compulsive disorder.

When we caught up with the fitness guru, 36, ahead of the documentary's release, he revealed that letting out all those emotions was "like therapy."

Joe breaks down in tears a couple of times during the documentary – especially when talking to and about his father – and he admits to us that he "cries all the time."

He explained: "It’s so important. I just think a lot of men struggle with showing emotion and being vulnerable and crying. But if you can unleash that emotion it’s a superpower."

Joe continued: "I've cried on TV, radio shows, my podcast. I'm a crier and I love it. I'm not embarrassed. I cry all the time because I'm proud and I get emotional."

Reflecting on the documentary, Joe added: "I really don't want it to be a heavy documentary that's really sad and depressing. I want there to be a positive outlook on it.

"No matter how difficult your life is and how challenging your mental health might be, it's just temporary. The person you think you are, can change. So that's the most important thing."

"The Body Coach" became a household name during lockdown when Joe decided to help the nation through the pandemic with his lively virtual PE lessons.

Inspired by his own love of fitness, Joe helped the country keep their mental health on track with exercises fit for all the family.

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Since then, Joe has leaned into his position as a mental health role model and continued to try and aid people through the mental health crisis.

His new documentary sheds light on the issues faced by families across the country as we emerge from the pandemic and begin to navigate the effects it's had on our wellbeing.

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Joe Wicks: Facing My Childhood is available from Monday, 16 May on iPlayer. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised, go to bbc.co.uk/actionline. For information on Our Time and their work supporting young people who have a parent with a mental illness, visit ourtime.org.uk

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