Ian Wright recalls painful moment mum told him she wished she’d had termination

Ian Wright recalls painful moment mum told him she wished she’d had termination

May 6, 2021

Ian Wright recalled the moment his mum told him that she wished she had got a termination.

The Arsenal footballer opened up about his harrowing childhood abuse in a powerful new BBC One documentary, Ian Wright: Home Truths.

In heart-wrenching scenes, the 57-year-old visited his family home where he became emotional at the memories.

After discussing the way his step-dad had treated him, the athlete revealed his mum’s abuse.

‘My step-dad did some terrible things to me and my mum, but what made it worse was that my mum also took it out on me,’ he said. ‘She regularly beat me. 

‘But it was the things she said that really hurt. What does come back to me, it was here, it was at this house, when my mum told me about termination, [that] she should’ve terminated me.

‘I hope your head feels emptier and your heart feels fuller #hometruths #bbc1.’

‘@IanWright0 so much admiration and respect, that documentary has really raised an Important journey some families go through,’ a Twitter user replied. 

‘Continually talking about it openly can only help future victims of such abuse and hopefully end it!!!’

‘@IanWright0 what a fella, his willingness to show his vulnerability and explain the issues he dealt with and will continue to deal with….will help so many people watching this #hometruths,’ another penned.

One added: ‘#ianwright is an absolute legend in our house. 

‘To think that he and many others experience domestic abuse by the very people that should make them feel safe, loved & nurtured is just heartbreaking.’

Ian Wright: Home Truths is available to stream on iPlayer now.

Cybersmile and NSPCC

Cybersmile provides a range of support options for people affected by cyberbullying and online abuse, with advice on who to contact on their website.

 

To contact Childline, you can call their helpline on 0800 111, or speak to a counsellor on their website.

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