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My Mum, Your Dad star shares story of losing wife

My Mum, Your Dad spoilers follow.

Tonight's (September 13) episode of My Mum, Your Dad saw contestant Roger open up about the loss of his wife.

During the episode, the singletons participated in a self-acceptance workshop, where Roger reflected on his grief after losing his wife Joanne to cancer.

"I do carry a massive resentment against cancer," he said.

Later, Roger's daughter Jess explained to the other children how the loss had impacted her father.

"He's lost everything," Jess told the group. "She was his hype man."

She added: "He said to me that he wishes it was him that had died instead of my mum because he doesn't think he's good enough to look after us without her."

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Earlier in the episode, Roger had been seen getting to know newcomer Janey, who also had an emotional confession of her own. She revealed the feelings of rejection she'd been left with after being adopted as a child.

"I've got the best parents in the world," she told everyone, explaining that she'd often found excuses to end relationships. "But rejection and abandonment.. they're all traits of being adopted."

"I'm frightened of rejection," Janey added.

Later in the episode, there were two new arrivals, as retired basketball player Martin H made his way to the retreat, accompanied by his daughter Jessica.

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"I've spent 90% of my life in the friendzone... I'm everyone's best friend," Martin said before his arrival, while Jessica added that her dad can often be "naive" about romantic connections.

"I think he’s a bit naive when people might be interested in him," she said. "It comes down to him not being closed off and putting himself in a position where he can explore a relationship."

My Mum, Your Dad began airing Monday, September 11 at 9pm on ITV1 and ITVX. The series will run on consecutive weeknights for two weeks.


If you would like more information or support about living with cancer or treatment, please click here for guidance from Macmillan Cancer Support, or click here to learn more from Stand Up to Cancer. The NHS has resources available to help with grief counselling and other support in the UK. In the US, the CDC also has resources available for those grieving.

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