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TOWIE favourite Joey Essex has opened up about the trauma he suffered as a result of his mum’s death in an emotional BBC One documentary titled Joey Essex: Grief & Me, which aired tonight at 9pm.
Joey’s mum Tina tragically took her own life when he was just 10 years old, and since losing her he has struggled to sustain relationships with women.
The heart-breaking documentary follows Joey as he confronts his grief and subsequent trauma head-on by attending therapy.
He said: “The truth is, I’ve never been able to deal with it.”
Joey came to the realisation that he needed help, saying: “I’ve kept all this pain bottled up for 20 years – getting panic attacks, feeling anxious and pushing people away. I can’t go on like this, something’s got to change.”
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Friends, family members and fans have rushed to praise him for being so brave and delving into his childhood trauma on national TV.
Close friend and former TOWIE co-star James ‘Arg’ Argent wrote a beautiful post on Instagram to him.
He penned: “I am so proud of you @joeyessex & I know your mum would have been too. You’ve been through a lot of pain and suffered with anxiety & depression but your doing something about it & been so brave. I’m so pleased your getting the help you need, You’ve been an amazing friend to me & I’ll always be there for you!”
Joey appreciated the gesture, responding: “Forever my brother [heart emoji]”
TOWIE stars rallied around Joey during this important moment in his life, outpouring their support for him on social media.
Also quick to urge the public to watch the important documentary was James ‘Diags’ Bennewith, who wrote on his story: “Please give this a watch tonight on BBC1- a powerful & compelling documentary on dealing & coping with grief.”
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Cousin Chloe Sims simply shared the promotional picture of the documentary, tagging both Joey and the BBC in her story.
Gemma Collins wrote: “So proud of you [heart emojis]”
Cousin and TOWIE star Frankie Sims wrote on her story: “Love you and so proud of you Joey Essex.”
TOWIE’s Georgia Kousoulou shared on her story: “Well done Joey Essex so proud of you.”
Not only have TOWIE stars and family members shown support for Joey, but also fans via social media.
One wrote: “Joey Essex: Grief and Me’ is brilliant. There’s a moment when @JoeyEssex_sits on the backstep of his childhood home that is utterly heartbreaking. I had no idea how much he and his family have been through. Appearances can be so deceiving.”
If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.
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