‘I call him the man who contributed towards my birth’: The Repair Shop’s Jay Blades details why his father has not earned the title of Dad  

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The Repair Shop star Jay Blades has opened up on his relationship with his father, explaining why he doesn’t call him Dad.

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The TV presenter, 52, first met his father Trevor when he was 21, and explained that as he didn’t raise him he hasn’t earned that title.

Speaking on Thursday’s This Morning, he said: ‘You can’t call a mechanic who doesn’t fix a car a mechanic. So to be a dad you have to have some of those responsibilities that go with it.

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Candid: The Repair Shop star Jay Blades has opened up on his relationship with his father, explaining why he doesn’t call him Dad

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‘So that’s why I call him the man who contributed towards my birth. Because that’s all he did – he’s done nothing else apart from that.’

He added: ‘He has contact with me but I tend to kind of brush him off.’

Jay also spoke about growing up on a rundown council estate in East London with his single mother Barbara and his half-brother Justin.

He shared: ‘Yeah, growing up on a council estate, I know some people think it’s gloomy and stuff but I had the best times. It was a bit like Enid Blyton’s famous 5.’

Mother and son: The TV presenter, 52, first met his father Trevor when he was 21, and explained that as he didn't raise him he hasn't earned that title (pictured as a child with his mum)

Mother and son: The TV presenter, 52, first met his father Trevor when he was 21, and explained that as he didn’t raise him he hasn’t earned that title (pictured as a child with his mum)

‘I had the best time and that’s where I model what I’m trying to do later in life. That community aspect that I had in Hackney is exactly what I’m trying to copy.’

However, on Channel 5 new documentary series, There’s No Place Like Home he admitted that times were often tough.

He told how he was brought up in impoverished conditions, after his mother Barbara was abandoned by his father when he was a baby.

He said: ‘When I was born my mum came to live here with my uncle. My mum got pregnant with the man who contributed towards my birth and he left her high and dry.’

Jay added: ‘[He] took all her money from her, said he was going to promise her this and that, and he didn’t, he just disappeared. The time for my mum must have been quite desperate I would say.

‘There was loads of rubbish everywhere, there was rats.’

It comes after he admitted he became homeless when he moved back to London, which he had fled from after getting into fights, after he had his first child and split up with his then-partner.

The father-of-three said he could fit all his belongings in one carrier bag when he lived in a hostel before he was given social housing on the Victorian Peabody estate.

Struggles: However, on Channel 5 new documentary series, There's No Place Like Home he admitted that times were often tough

Struggles: However, on Channel 5 new documentary series, There’s No Place Like Home he admitted that times were often tough

Speaking about when he was homeless, Jay said: ‘At 21 I was all over the place, I had no direction, I left London because I was getting into loads of fights and there were people after me.

‘My mum moved to Luton and I lived up there with her for a bit.

‘I had my first child, and then split up with the missus, and moved back to London, then I ended up homeless and went into a hostel.

Looking back: He told how he was brought up in impoverished conditions, after his mother Barbara was abandoned by his father when he was a baby

Looking back: He told how he was brought up in impoverished conditions, after his mother Barbara was abandoned by his father when he was a baby

‘I had a supermarket carrier bag with all of my stuff in there and it wasn’t a lot.

‘I remember thinking, “is this what my life has come to, is this the end for me?”‘

But the TV star was helped out of the hostel and was given social housing on the Peabody estate, which was built in 1910, along with three other young men.

When Jay lived on the estate, it had a strict list of 17 rules for tenants which banned dogs and wallpaper and said everyone had to be Vaccinated against smallpox.

The Peabody estate was founded by American philanthropist George Peabody who wanted to provide affordable housing for Londoners living in slum conditions, but with rules on moral conduct.

Difficulties: He revealed that he ended up homeless when he moved to London after he had his first child and split up with his then-partner

Difficulties: He revealed that he ended up homeless when he moved to London after he had his first child and split up with his then-partner

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