Jay Blades said The Repair Shop team “fixed” him by placing him in another family after a difficult childhood that saw him abandoned, racist and violent. force.
He is a furniture restorer and popular BBC One presenter who reflected on his challenges growing up including having an absentee father, whom he calls “the one who men have given birth to me”, and how this did not prepare him to have his own child at the age of 20.
Blades told Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs: “I wasn’t ready, simple and straightforward. I don’t know what it’s like to be a father and that proves I’m not ready because I haven’t been with Maria, Levi’s mother, for a long time.
“I think I was with her for about a year and that was it. If you don’t see something, you can’t get it. You have to be taught how to do that or you have to see a positive role model.
“I had a lot of positive role models like growing up uncles, extended uncles, but I never saw them as a father, I usually just played with the kids and we just went out to do things. what we did.
“I don’t see what they did as a father. So it’s very difficult for me to do that. Really, really hard.”
The TV presenter explained that when his mother took him 17 or 18, she was kicked out of the house and Blade’s father promised to buy them an apartment but instead he disappeared with the same amount of money. .
Blades also revealed that he later found out he had 27 half-siblings and said he was close to two of them.
The furniture repairman recalls how his school and boyhood in Hackney, London was also challenging when he experienced racist bullying and was put in the back of a car. police load and “beaten” during interception and search.
In later life, Blades embarked on furniture restoration and founded a new venture called J&CO before joining the BBC to host The Repair Shop in 2017.
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Reflecting on the impact the show had on his life, he said: “The repair shop fixed me because what it did really put me in another family, people in front of and behind the camera, who took care of me and understood. my kind, I’ll call them the difference, and just accept them.”
He added: “Kirsten, Steve, Will – you have to be there to understand that what you see on TV is amazing, don’t get me wrong, even better in real life.”
Blades says he thinks the show’s success comes from its community spirit.
“It’s like people just feel more relaxed and open-minded.”
The full Desert Island Discs interview is available on BBC Sounds.
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