James Jordan says Real Full Monty is therapy after dads untimely death

James Jordan has describedStrictly The Real Full Montyas "therapy" following the death of his father, Allan.

James’ father passed away at the age of 67 in March after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

The former Strictly Come Dancing star, 43, is now taking part in this year's Strictly The Real Full Monty to strip off and raise awareness for cancer, urging people to check their bodies.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday 14 December, James said: “I lost my dad in March, and when I was asked to do (The Real Full Monty) initially, my first thought of actually stripping naked wasn’t really something I was thinking about.

“But, after chatting with Ola and thinking about it, it was something I decided I wanted to do in memory of my dad.”

“Obviously it’s all about raising awareness of cancer and making sure you go and get yourself checked,” James continued.

“That’s the reason why we all strip – to say to people, basically, if we can strip in front of millions of people, you can go to the doctors in privacy and go get yourself checked, too.”

All those taking part in The Real Full Monty have had personal experiences with cancer, something which James found helped him when he heard his fellow celebs’ stories.

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He explained: “Everyone who was part of the show was kind of a little bit of therapy for me because I lost my dad very recently and, I’m not going to lie, I still find it hard today to talk about it.”

While it was hard, James went on to describe the programme as being an “amazing thing to be part of”.

Another member of The Real Full Monty line-up to have had a parent diagnosed with cancer is Christine McGuinness, who described hermum’s cancer diagnosis as having “torn her family apart”.

Christine’s also had four aunties battle the illness – three of whom have survived but one has since sadly passed away.

The Real Housewives of Cheshire star explained that her mum was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer during the pandemic.

Christine told This Morning’s Vernon Kay and Josie Gibson: “My mum last year, found a lump during the pandemic. She was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer.

"She had to have the most intense treatment that you can get and she had to have it on her own during lockdown, so that’s why I’ve done (The Real Full Monty), for my mum.”

“Cancer’s cruel. It was just an awful time.”

“She’s the best nan ever,” Christine continued. “Honestly this cancer tore our family apart.”

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