Joe Wicks tells Louis Theroux about troubled childhood with ‘struggling’ parents

Joe Wicks will talk about his troubled childhood growing up with parents who struggled with mental health and addiction in a documentary made by Louis Theroux.

Lockdown fitness hero Joe, 33, will tell how his mum suffered from acute OCD while his father battled heroin addiction.

He will speak to family and friends who knew him at a young age about his difficult family life and show how it made him turn to exercise.

Body Coach Joe wed model Rosie Jones in 2019 and they have a daughter, Indie, and a son, Marley.

Explaining why he decided to make the BBC film, Joe Wicks: Mental Health, My Family and Me, Joe said: “I’ve spent a lot of time helping people improve their physical health, but as a child that grew up in a home with parents who struggled with their mental health, I know that this is just as important, especially given what’s happened over the last year.

“I want to use my own experience to connect and help families today who are in similar situations to the one I was in.”

He has also told how his mum Raquela’s obsession with cleaning meant from the age of four he and older brother Nikki had to vacuum their rooms twice a day.

Despite everything, Joe is close to his parents and dwells on the positives in his childhood, saying: “I always had love.

“The antidote to addiction is connection and love, that’s what I’ve learned.”

*Joe Wicks: Mental Health, My Family and Me will be screened later this year.

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