Jay Blades is a regular favourite on BBC show The Repair Shop, having starred on the show since it began in 2017. The 50-year-old is also the founder of Jay & Co, a social enterprise that helps disadvantaged and disengaged groups. But when he's not on our screens, the furniture restorer and successful businessman, who also presents the show Money For Nothing, can be found at home in Wolverhampton with his partner, Christine. Want to know more? Here's all we know...
Jay Blades' ex-wife and battle with mental health
Jay met his ex-wife Jade while they were studying at university. Five years ago, however, the marriage broke down and he left their family home – moving to Wolverhampton. The presenter has previously spoken candidly about "hitting rock bottom" and revealed the pressure was "too much". He told Radio Times: "I left the family home, gave the house to my ex-wife and just drove. I didn’t know where I was going." The presenter shares daughter Zola with ex-wife Jade, and recently shared a picture of her on his Instagram to celebrate her getting into drama school. Jay also has a step-daughter, Paris Goodman, who is the daughter of his partner Christine.
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Jay recently shared this picture of his daughter
Jay Blades' current partner
After his marriage broke down, Jay began a relationship with his current partner of four years, Christine Goodman. Christine works as a marketing specialist for consumer goods and retailers. The couple live in Wolverhampton.
Jay Blades' siblings
It seems Jay comes from a large family. The presenter recently revealed the fascinating story of when he discovered he is one of 26 children. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the 50-year-old told how he first met his father, who was described as a womaniser, when he was 21 years old. "He told me I had four other siblings but I then found out that wasn't true at all," he began, adding: "I have 25 in total, including six in America, two in Africa and three in Jamaica. I've met 11 of them and I am really close to my half-sister, Sophie."
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Jay presents hugely popular show The Repair Shop
Jay Blades' journey to The Repair Shop
Jay didn't have the easiest start to his career. Growing up in Hackney, east London, the presenter never considered a career in television, and he had left school at the age of 15. After doing a number of other jobs, he decided to turn to studying. "I wanted to set myself a challenge of doing something that I didn't like, which was school," he told the BBC. After university, Jay set up a charity encouraging young people who struggled, like himself, academically to get involved with practical jobs. After learning how to restore furniture, he began teaching others and eventually became presenter of the popular show which is watched by over six million people.
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