James Martin opens up on how ‘severe dyslexia’ became an ‘absolute nightmare’

James Martin opens up on how ‘severe dyslexia’ became an ‘absolute nightmare’

07/17/2021

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ITV viewers got a second chance to watch James Martin’s Saturday Morning this weekend as the channel aired a repeat episode of the hit cooking show. During the episode, TV chef James opened up about his experience of living with learning disorder dyslexia. Chatting on the show to former The Saturday’s band member, Mollie King, James shared his struggles with dyslexia after he was diagnosed as an adult.

Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, spelling and writing.

Children are most commonly tested for the learning disorder at the age of five, however TV chef James wasn’t diagnosed until he was an adult.

He spoke about the condition on his Saturday Morning show to singer Mollie who is an ambassador for the British Dyslexia Association.

While chatting to Mollie about her work as an ambassador, James opened up about his own struggles with the learning disorder.

The pair discussed how their experiences of diagnosis were very different.

The TV chef said: “I know a big passion of yours is this dyslexia foundation, which I wanted to pick up on because it’s something that’s close to my heart, because I’m dyslexic as well – severely dyslexic.

“I know that you are as well and you found that out when you were a young kid,” he explained.

Radio 1 DJ Mollie revealed that she first got diagnosed with dyslexia when she was around 10 years old.

The singer was in primary school when she first noticed she was having difficulties.

Mollie explained: “Having that diagnosis and an understanding as to why I was finding reading so difficult, made such a big difference to me.”

However, James confessed his diagnosis experience was very different as he didn’t discover he had the condition until he was an adult.

He noted: “That’s quite fortunate that you got diagnosed for that.

“I didn’t know about mine until I was 30 years old, when I started in television to read the autocue.

“For me it’s an absolute nightmare to read that,” he explained.

The chef turned TV presenter went on to explain that it wasn’t until he received help in the form of a lesson and an official diagnosis, that he started to build up his confidence.

James then credited his presenting confidence to a lady who works for the BBC that helped him overcome his difficulties.

He said: “She turned around and said, ‘You’ve got to walk and talk at the same time,’ and sent me away for a little lesson on how to do it.

“You need somebody like that to give you the confidence, don’t you really?” James said.

Speaking to Woman and Home back in 2018, James revealed his learning disorder stopped him from passing cooking classes when he was at school.

“I failed cookery in school because I was dyslexic, still am. Severely dyslexic. I’ve never read a book in my life,” he confessed.

James Martin Saturday Morning airs Saturdays at 9:25am on ITV.

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