Strictly Come Dancing star James Jordan struggled to hold back the tears on Loose Women after a picture of his terminally ill father popped up on the screen.
The professional dancer appeared on Monday’s instalment alongside his wife Ola and their one-year-old daughter Ella, who has just celebrated her first birthday.
The couple, who underwent IVF to conceive Ella, also spoke with the panel about how their miracle baby has been a shining light for them in a very difficult year.
James got choked up as he spoke about his dad, who got diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour last year.
He began by explaining that his dad is currently back in hospital as he’s ‘really not very well’.
‘It’s very difficult as obviously we can’t see him, his mum can’t go and see him either,’ Ola chipped in.
Trying to hold back the tears, she added: ‘When people say about you know about how tough it is to be at home, I think the worse thing is you know…’
‘It puts everything into perspective,’ James added. ‘We’ve just all need to do what we’ve got to do.
‘My dad is such a positive person and so strong in his mind and his opinion is: “Yes, we have to stay at home, it’s an annoyance, it’s frustrating but we have to do it to protect everyone else”.
‘That is why we’re staying at home to protect our children, our families, our friends and it could be a lot worse, you could have someone that’s dying of cancer and there are people out there who are burying their children. You’ve got to put it in perspective.’
Taking to Twitter after the interview James told his followers that it was the ‘hardest interview’ he’d ever done.
‘I said I wouldn’t cry no matter what and then I saw the picture of my dad come up on the screen,’ he penned. ‘Sorry if we came across a bit miserable.’
The dance pro’s followers were quick to send him and Ola messages of support, with one tweeting: ‘Not miserable at all. Understandable you being upset about your father.
‘Ella is lovely and wanted to get in on the interview. I hope people in Poland get their vaccine soon so that Ola can take Ella to meet them.’
Another replied: ‘Not at all, you came across as a man who is worried about his dad and it’s made harder by the lockdown. Ella is adorable.’
One added: ‘U, Ola & Ella were brilliant, what u showed was real emotion & feelings, not at all miserable. U are in a horrible situation.’
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.