Ian Wright breaks down as he revisits home where he was abused ‘He was frightening’04/26/2021
Ian Wright breaks down as he remembers childhood teacher
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The former footballer is set to front a new BBC documentary titled In Home Truths that details the harrowing domestic abuse he and his brothers faced by both their mother Nesta and stepfather as children. Not only will Wright give a first account of his own experience of abuse, but he will also talk to other victims that were abused as children and who are struggling to come to terms with it as an adult.
After his biological father left when he was a toddler, Wright and his brothers Nicky and Morris were raised by their mother and stepfather at a flat on the Honor Oak Estate in Lewisham, south London.
In the one-off special, the radio personality will recall how he and his older brother Morris shared a bedroom with his mother and stepfather.
He and Morris would share a bed, while his mum and stepdad were in another.
Wright explained that when his stepdad became abusive to his mother, his older brother Morris would cover his ears to try and shelter him from what was going on.
The father-of-eight said he tried to pretend for years the violence and abuse didn’t happen.
Although, when he reached 32, he finally sought therapy to try and help him deal with his childhood trauma.
He went on to add that he spent years feeling angry because he didn’t know how to deal with the confusion of being abused as a child.
The former Arsenal legend said for some reason his stepfather abused him more than his brothers although, even to this day, he never understood why.
In the programme, Wright revisited his childhood home where the abuse took place.
He recreated what his stepfather would make him do when his favourite TV show, Match of the Day, was on.
As a form of punishment, Wright would be made to stand with his nose against the wall while his stepfather watched football and if he turned around, he would instantly get screamed at.
The 57-year-old broke down in tears as he touched the walls of his old bedroom.
Reliving that moment, Wright told Radio Times: “The wall was horrible. It was bloody freezing cold, and at the time I was very asthmatic.
“The bed was up against the wall, so I was lying right next to it, and my ears were being covered. It was a horrible, claustrophobic thing. I don’t like thinking about it.”
He went on to add that the Match of the Day punishment upset him the most because, as a presenter on the show, he explained the theme tune still makes him feel both proud and traumatised.
The TV host explained that his stepfather walked out on his mum and brothers when he was a teenager.
However, that didn’t stop the anger inside him as he admitted he would often get into fights as a way of getting out the aggression.
After his stepfather left, Wright admitted that his relationship with his mum was what scarred him the most.
Despite the mental torture she put him through and the fact she once told him she wished she’d had him terminated when Wright became a successful footballer he made sure she was well cared for.
At the age of 14, Wright gave up on school after he got a job as a plasterer.
At just 21-years-old he was still working, although he began playing Sunday League Football until he was signed for Crystal Palace a year later.
He went on to spend seven years with Arsenal Football Club before going on to play for West Ham.
After retiring from football, Wright went on to have a successful career in TV and radio.
He has presented Top of the Pops, he had his own chat show, Friday Night’s All Wright and he was a team captain for They Think It’s All Over which ended in 2008.
In Home Truths is set to air on BBC One
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