Love Island's Teddy Soares breaks down in tears over death of his dad when he was 13 – moments before Real Full Monty
LOVE Island's Teddy Soares has revealed he broke down in tears over the death of his dad when he was 13 – moments before he stripped live on stage for Strictly: The Real Full Monty.
The 26-year-old star is taking part in the ITV show to honour his "hero" dad who he lost to cancer as he helps raise awareness.
"On the day of the performance I cried just moments before going on," Teddy told The Sun at his Jack Wills edit launch at Nobu.
"They played a snippet to the audience there about the journey we have been through and I could hear it before we performed.
"When I heard my voice and the cast's experience, it was surreal – having not spoken about it ever before, and then suddenly talking to people I have idolised.
"In particular Martin Roberts and Laila Morse who I watched when I was younger. Homes Under The Hammer and EastEnders was my vibe when I was growing up."
The reality star said that he believes his dad was looking down on him during the performance.
The TV favourite continued: "It was unreal revealing my whole story and my whole naked self to them…
"But afterwards I felt liberated. I felt free.
"And as weird as it sounds, I felt my dad was watching me.
"If one person watches the show and understands the journey I went on when I was 13 and everything I battled through with my family and relate and learn from it, I'll be really happy."
Teddy explained that being open about his grief has helped him process his feelings and realise how far he has come.
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"Cancer doesn't discriminate whatsoever. It doesn't matter, age, race or colour," he added.
"Me sharing this story is much bigger than myself.
"It helped me realise how far I've come and how I really feel about losing my dad at a young age.
"It was a process that helped me be able to say confidently, 'speak out about your grief'.
"Don't be afraid to talk to someone if you're low or in a dark place. It's liberating once you get it off your chest."
CLOSE TO HIS HEART
It comes after Teddy revealed the secret meaning behind the gold pendant necklace he wears and NEVER takes off.
"I lost my hero," Teddy told The Sun.
"It broke the family.
"He's always on my mind. I wear his chain every day so he's always with me.
"I never take it off. People on social media ask me why I wear it every time I take a picture."
Spearheaded by Diversity's Ashley Banjo, the two-part programme Strictly: The Real Full Monty shows celebs learn a dance routine to perform in front of a 3,000-strong crowd.
Teddy joins stars including EastEnders actress Laila Morse, ex-Strictly dancers James and Ola Jordan, Blue singer Duncan James, model Christine McGuiness, Olympian Colin Jackson, musical theatre and Loose Women star Brenda Edwards, TV presenter Martin Roberts and Love Island's Demi Jones.
Alongside filming for the ITV series, Teddy has launched his very own influencer edit with Jack Wills.
Growing up working for Hollister and Abercrombie and Fitch, Teddy says it's a dream come true to have hand-picked his own collection for Jack Wills that's on sale now.
The brand ambassador said: "To think I've been wearing Jack Wills since I was a teenager and now I've become the face of this edit.
"Every other brand I spoke about working with were more about fast-fashion. What I love about Jack Wills is that everything is to do with quality. You can wear it now and in years and years' time. It's a brand I'm proud to have my face against."
- Use code TEDDY10 for 10 per cent off his Jack Wills edit.
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