Jake Quickenden says Celebrity SAS was ‘form of counselling’ after death of brother and dad

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Jake Quickenden has spoken out on how Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins helped him through his emotions of loss over the death of his dad and brother.

The X Factor star's father Paul lost his life after battling non-familial bone cancer over a decade ago in 2008. Then a second bombshell arrived – Jake's younger brother Ollie fell ill with osteosarcoma, known as bone cancer, and passed away in 2012.

It's no secret that Jake has struggled with the loss of his family members, previously explaining that it was all "such a shock – it came out of nowhere."

Now, the star has spoken out on how he managed to pull through and revealed the important part the Channel 4 show had to play.

Speaking about his man-to-man with instructors Ant Middleton and Jason Fox on Sunday's episode of the programme, he said: "This show was a form of counselling. The way Ant and Foxy dealt with me was great.

"They were amazing in how they made me look at things. Being stripped back and realising we all go through loss, it really helped me.

"I left them looking at life in a different way. I'm a very emotional person and I don't think that's a bad thing."

Jake, who recently said trolls told him to "drown" his baby, continued: "I always know that I've struggled with the loss of my dad and my brother.

"That's why I am who I am and that's why I push myself. I want to do the best I can because I feel that they could be watching somewhere."

It comes after Jake recently appeared on ITV's Loose Women, where he revealed his son Leo has "filled a void" left behind by his brother and dad.

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He said: "It has just filled this void and it's hard work, don't get me wrong, anyone who has had babies knows it's hard.

"But honestly, every morning I just look forward to waking up and seeing his little face smiling at me."

Asked how he felt about his dad and brother not meeting Leo, he told the Loose Women: "Yeah, I have a cry and I'm not one to shy away from that.

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"This generation, we're in a time when guys should be able to open up and show their feelings and I do have a cry every now and again, especially now it's coming towards Father's Day, I wish my dad was here to see who I've become.

"He never even got to see me on TV and that's unbelievable considering I've done as many shows as I possibly can."

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