Jordan Banjo has credited his brother Ashley for helping him overcome his past weight struggles and said he ‘saved his life’.
The dancer, who revealed other half Naomi got sepsis twice after giving birth, was over 22 stone during his teenage years and his brother had to step in twice to help him when his weight got out of control.
Speaking to the Irish Mirror, the 28 year old said: “It’s no secret that I struggled with my weight. But what I’ve never spoken about is how I went too far the other way.”
At the age of 13, Jordan was told he was morbidly obese by a doctor, and it was only when he hit 18, that he turned to brother Ashley for help.
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“I turned to Ash because I knew I was either going to have to do something about my weight or things were going to get way, way worse,” the dad-of-two explained.
“Ash was brilliant. He helped me rethink my diet and put together a workout routine. The weight came off pretty quickly.”
Despite losing nearly half of his body weight, Jordan felt he could lose even more.
“No matter what I looked like in the mirror, I always thought I could lose more weight. Ash had set me on a good path but he’s super busy, so he’d left me to get on with it on my own.
“When you’ve been that big and you lose so much weight, that quick, it’s not like everything is easy and you’re just there looking ripped, you know? I had to work hard to try and maintain it.”
The presenter continued: “But all I could think about was losing more weight, and it got out of control.”
Jordan went on to reveal that his drastic change in appearance shocked his fans and they were unable to recognise him.
“We’d done a tour at the start of the year and I’d been at my heaviest, but by the time we came back to do a Christmas series of shows the same year, I’d lost it all.
“My name was announced and I walked on stage past an old picture of me where I was over 20 stone.”
The Britain’s Got Talent star, who got engaged in 2020, added: “I was 12 stone at this point and I remember walking on stage and no one cheered. They all looked confused.
“Ash had to get on the microphone and make a joke about how I looked different from my picture on screen – it’s only then that people realised it was me.
“It took a lot for me to ask for help that first time, but he had my back – and he had it again when I’d got out of control. Ash saved my life at both ends of the scale – literally,” Jordan concluded.