Ian Wright’s harrowing domestic abuse documentary aired last night on BBC, where he details the horrific experiences he and his brothers faced by both their mother and stepfather when they were younger. The tell-all film titled Home Truths, left fans and and his celebrity pals alike in tears, as the footballer relived the most painful years of his life.
Massive props to @IanWright0 for being seeringly honest & opening doors for so many others. A big man
Taking to Twitter, the likes of Katie Piper and Dawn French both praised Ian for his bravery to speak out about his suffering.
“Massive props to @IanWright0 for being seeringly honest & opening doors for so many others. A big man. #hometruths,” Dawn penned emotionally after watching the film.
Katie also shared: “Watching #hometruths @IanWright0 incredibly powerful documentary and huge respect for Ian, so honesty, open and courageous.”
Other viewers took to social media to commend the brave footballer, with one writing: “Such a wonderful role model, survivor and advocate for children who have no voice. Hats off wrightey.”
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Another agreed: “Extremely brave- he deserves credit, examining not only how the cycle of violence can continue but also how it can be broken.”
“In tears here… Very moving,” a third penned, tearfully.
A fourth wondered: “Heartbreaking, I just keep feeling we need some breakthrough, something big has to come to bring us back to basics, caring, loving, respect and connection.”
“The emotion is still raw remembering almost 50years on,” a fifth sympathised.
Prior to the documentary airing, Ian recalled the horrific trauma he and his brothers went through to Radio Times.
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Ian and his brother Morris talked about their abuse for the first time
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Speaking of the violence his stepfather inflicted on the family, he said: “He’d rough you up. Shout at you, intimidate you, swear at you.
“He was really strong, big and overpowering. He was frightening.”
The father-of-eight said he tried to pretend for years the violence and abuse didn’t happen and finally sought therapy to try and help him deal with his childhood trauma.
In the programme itself, he talks to his brother Morris about their shared experience for the first time.
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Ian told the publication that Morris would “cover his ears” when his stepfather became violent to his mum, Nesta who is now in her 90s.
“Morris was covering my ears to try to protect me from the noise, and I’m facing the wall not knowing what’s going on,” the sportsman recalled.
“All I’m thinking is, ‘Why is he doing this to my ears?’
“We never spoke about it, simply because…” he paused, “We just didn’t.”
Ian revealed he also suffered at the hands of his mum too, after she told him constantly that she wished she would have terminated him.
While the beatings were bad enough, she wounded him mentally because he was “so desperate” to be loved by her.
“Knowing that the person you love the most and want love from most has those feelings…” he thought back.
“Whether she meant what she said or not, nobody should ever have to hear that.”
Ian’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.
Ian Wright: Home Truths is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
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