This Morning presenter Alison Hammond got emotional speaking to TOWIE star Joey Essex ahead of his documentary surrounding grief.
The show, which will air Thursday at 9pm on BBC Three, shows Joey’s journey with how he has handled the loss of his mum at such a young age.
His mum, Tina, sadly took her own life when Joey was only 10 years old which he admitted to the presenters was extremely hard to deal with.
He told the presenters that he never used to speak about his mum and this documentary was a huge step for him that he didn’t want to do but needed to do.
Joey said that he used to have therapy behind closed doors but would never take it seriously before because of the mixed emotions he had of anger, guilt, fear and paranoia.
Asking what had changed to make him want to speak about it now Joey said that it came down to maturity and growing up.
He said: “I feel like becoming 30 it just hit me I thought I need to do something about this because people see this Joey Essex on TV laughing and joking which is the truth but behind closed doors when I get home it’s not laughing and joking no more. I make a cup of tea and I’m sat there on my own and that’s how it is, I’m dealing with pain.”
Speaking to Joey, Alison shared that although she didn’t lose her mum quite as young she was touched by what he had said in the documentary.
Alison said: “When I watched it, it stopped me in my tracks because, obviously, I didn’t lose my mum at aged 10 which I can’t imagine you going through that.
“I lost my mum as an adult. But there was a moment you said ‘I’d give it all up, all the fame and fortune for just one hour with my mum and it killed me, it’s killing me now sorry.”
Viewers could see that Alison started to get choked up as she continued to speak.
She said: “The documentary was brilliant thank you for being so honest. I just want you to find love, I really do. I want you to find love and love like you’ve never been hurt because you have to.”
Noticing her getting upset Joey said he wanted to give her a hug but was unable to due to social distancing regulations.
People on Twitter praised both Joey and Alison for being so open on the show.
Sophie said: “I’m so happy to see @JoeyEssex_ speaking out about his bottled-up grief and pain. It’s so important that we never judge someone based on their exterior, you never know the internal struggles they’re battling”
Keri said: “Oh I just love Joey Essex, bless him, Alison has got me in tears here.”
Madelaine said: “Joey Essex taking on #ThisMorning is so eye-opening. Bless him”
Someone else said: “Never seen Joey Essex this vulnerable and honest before. Tragic thing to go through, good on him for sharing. Hope it can help someone else’s experience”