James Jordan emotionally opens up on father’s death putting him in ‘very dark place’

Loose Women: James Jordan on dealing with his father's death

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Former Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer James Jordan opened up on Friday’s episode of the ITV show about losing his father Allan. The 43-year-old described his father’s death as the worst experience he’s ever been through. He appeared on the episode to discuss how he has coped. 

Speaking to Coleen Nolan, Craig Revel Horwood, and Denise Welch, James said he felt everyone deals with grief differently. 

He explained: “I don’t think men suffer from grief any differently to women, I think everyone deals with grief differently – every human being. 

“I wasn’t very good at all and it was something which put me in a very dark place and I think I started grieving the day I found out that he was going to die.”

“So I was grieving for about a year and then obviously we lost him and then you start grieving again because you’ve lost them.”

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James added: “It’s the worst thing I’ve ever been through.

“I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, but unfortunately, it happens to many many people. 

“It’s going to happen to everyone at some stage, and as my dad would say, unfortunately it’s a part of life.”

Earlier this year James admitted he’s suffered with anxiety attacks since his dad Allan, died in March earlier this year. 

Allan passed away following a battle with a brain tumour and the former Strictly Come Dancing star explained his first Father’s Day this year without his father by his side was especially difficult, as he also celebrated his first as a father himself.

Speaking on Loose Women on Friday, James said: “He [Allan] wouldn’t want me to be the way I was six months ago and I think that’s part of the reason why I can at least talk about it now.

“But six months ago I would literally be in tears because it was so hard and so raw.” 

He managed to keep his composure on the show with everyone in the studio listening to him open up about his struggles with grief. 

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James said: “I cried pretty much every day for a year. I have no shame in saying that. 

“My dad was one of my closest friends and I’ll miss him every day.”

He went on to say that he still thinks about his father every day and gets upset.  

“It was cruel he was taken the way he was. [He had] just retired and just started enjoying life.” 

James said he was couldn’t visit his father in hospital for months at a time as he was suffering from a brain tumour during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

‘Until you go through it yourself, you don’t know what people are going through and it’s absolutely horrendous,’ James added.

The former Celebrity Big Brother contestant explained he is a strong believer in the importance of looking after your mental health. 

Loose Women airs on ITV 1 on weekdays. 


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