TV presenter Jay Blades MBE recalled the brutal moment one of his teachers told him ‘you’re going to amount to nothing’ after he was diagnosed with dyslexia.
The Repair Shop frontman, 51, was Wednesday’s guest on Lorraine, and he spoke to the 62-year-old host via video chat to promote his latest documentary Learning To Read at 51.
Lorraine asked Jay how he felt after the ‘heartbreaking’ ordeal of being unable to read, but the star explained he didn’t really think about it too deeply at first.
‘It was one of those things, when it happened to me, it didn’t really register,’ he said.
‘So, everybody’s queuing up for the careers day and you find out what you want to be and he says “you’ve got to take this exam” and this and that.
‘When it was my turn to come to the actual careers teacher, he just turned round to me and said, “Blades, you’re going to amount to nothing, next.”
He continued: ‘Then he just looked behind me and I didn’t get a chance to sit down in the chair, it was just like, “ok cool,” and that was it.’
‘And look at you now, on one of the best shows on telly, you know how much I love The Repair Shop,’ Lorraine replied.
Viewers also took to Twitter and praised Jay for opening up about the cruel encounter.
One person wrote: ‘Lovely interview with @jayblades_ on #Lorraine . Looking forward to both Jay’s shows tonight. The teacher who said you would amount to nothing, they are eating their words.’
The furniture restorer’s journey will documented in a one-off BBC One film, Jay Blades: Learning to Read at 51, and he revealed that the main motivation to learn, was so he could belatedly share bedtime stories with his 15-year-old daughter.
Asked about how he finds reading he told the PA news agency: ‘What I see is, it’s like having a book of ants.
‘So the letters are all ants, and they just keep on moving around. So you try and hold them down.
‘It’s insane, I’m telling you. And it gives you a headache because imagine trying to see something that’s constantly moving.’
Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV and Jay Blades: Learning to Read at 51 airs on BBC One at 9pm on January 26.
Credit: Original article published here.