SAS: Who Dares Wins star Ant Middleton tells

‘First life I ever saved was my suicidal brother’s: SAS: Who Dares Wins star Ant Middleton tells how he ‘sprung into action’ to save 17-year-old sibling from killing himself over split with exDaniel, 17, tried to jump in front of a lorry on a busy road due to his depressionAnt saved him by leaping on…

‘First life I ever saved was my suicidal brother’s: SAS: Who Dares Wins star Ant Middleton tells how he ‘sprung into action’ to save 17-year-old sibling from killing himself over split with ex

  • Daniel, 17, tried to jump in front of a lorry on a busy road due to his depression
  • Ant saved him by leaping on top of him and throwing himself around his neck 
  • Their father died ten years before and they weren’t allowed to attend the funeral 

By Amelia Wynne For Mailonline

Published: 11:19, 31 August 2019 | Updated: 16:56, 31 August 2019

TV’s hard man Ant Middleton has told of how at just 15 he saved his suicidal brother’s life after he had spiraled into depression after a break up and the death of his father. 

In his new book the TV star reveals he stopped brother Daniel, 17, from jumping in front of a lorry on a busy road.

Daniel, who was depressed at the time had recently broken up with a girlfriend and was still upset at their father’s sudden death which had happened ten years earlier. 

Speaking to The Sun the SAS: Who Dares Wins star said that after the split things got worse and one day Ant found Daniel by the road, attempting to stab himself with a fountain pen.

The SAS: Who Dares Wins star (pictured) said that after his brother split form his girlfriend he found Daniel by the road, attempting to stab himself with a fountain pen

He then realised he planned to jump in front of an oncoming lorry. 

He writes in his new book, The Fear Bubble: ‘In the space of less than a second I saw Dan fix the lorry in his gaze and tense his body to spring up under its path.

‘Time almost ground to a halt. With all my strength, I leapt on top of him, throwing myself around his neck, his throat gripped in the crook of my arm, my other hand going for the bloody pen.’

Ant, Daniel and their brothers Peter and Michael said their father Peter Aaron – a computer programmer who played chess for Great Britain – was ‘wiped from their lives’ after a fatal heart attack on New Year’s Eve 1985, aged 36. 

In his new book the TV star reveals he stopped brother Daniel, 17, from jumping in front of a lorry on a busy road

While Ant, 38, says that ‘self reflection’ helped him cope, his brother Daniel sunk into depression and planned to jump in front of a lorry

Ant (pictured during his army days) is now a father to his five children – Oakley, 17, Shyla, 11, Gabriel, ten, Priseis, three and Bligh, two

Two weeks later, five-year-old Ant’s mother moved their soon-to-be stepfather into their home and all traces of their father were removed.

The brothers were not even allowed to go to his funeral. 

While Ant, 38, says that ‘self reflection’ helped him cope, his brother Daniel sunk into depression and planned to jump in front of a lorry. 

Ant’s new book, The Fear Bubble, talks about his brother’s suicide attempt and explores ways of breaking down fear until it can be used as a tool, rather than an obstacle

However Ant says his positive thinking was what spurred him join the Army at 16 before becoming one of Channel 4’s best-loved TV stars.

Discussing his brother’s attempted suicide in the interview with The Sun the former Army recruit recalls: ‘I can remember it as clear as day. My mum was so panicked and she was saying she’d given up on him and I thought, ‘No, I can’t do that’. 

‘It was the first time I’ve sprung into action and I took the weight of the world on my shoulders. That’s when I grew up, I suppose.’

Ant’s new book, The Fear Bubble, explores ways of breaking down fear until it can be used as a tool, rather than an obstacle. 

Ant is now a father to his five children – Oakley, 17, Shyla, 11, Gabriel, ten, Priseis, three and Bligh, two – and a committed husband to wife of 14 years Emilie, 39. 

For confidential 24/7 support in the UK, call Samaritans on 116 123. 

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