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Dad, 37, drank 24/7 at height of his addiction and ended up homeless – but is now a UK boxing champ

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A boxing champion whose drug and drink addiction saw him lose his house, family and job in just a few years has revealed how he was forced to live on the streets for six months before a brutal wake-up call finally changed his fortunes. 

UMA Fighter Ian Maddocks, 37, from Crewe, began smoking weed aged 11 to ‘fit in’ and quickly progressed onto harder drugs including cocaine and ecstasy.

Describing his younger self as a functioning alcoholic with a love for partying, dad-of-two Ian, who is partially deaf, managed to hold down a job at the Bentley factory in Crewe for ten years and even get a mortgage with his former partner before his life began to unravel after the birth of his second child. 

His descent into addiction took him to a life where he would ‘drink and pass out’ and saw him disowned by his family.  He found himself sleeping on the streets, where he says he was ‘ready’ to take heroin but was told to ‘think of your children’, a moment that kick-started his long, hard road back to sobriety.   

Ian Maddocks, 37, from Crewe, is the current UMA World Thai Gold boxing champion after being crowned earlier this year but just four years ago he was living on the streets of the north west after his life spiralled out of control due to a drink and cocaine addiction

Ian Maddocks, 37, from Crewe, is the current UMA World Thai Gold boxing champion after being crowned earlier this year but just four years ago he was living on the streets of the north west after his life spiralled out of control due to a drink and cocaine addiction

Ian Maddocks, 37, from Crewe, is the current UMA World Thai Gold boxing champion after being crowned earlier this year but just four years ago he was living on the streets of the north west after his life spiralled out of control due to a drink and cocaine addiction

Bloated: Ian pictured as he entered a detox programme that would eventually turn his life around. At his lowest point, he was forced to live on the streets after becoming trapped in a cycle of 'drinking to pass out' and becoming estranged from his family

Bloated: Ian pictured as he entered a detox programme that would eventually turn his life around. At his lowest point, he was forced to live on the streets after becoming trapped in a cycle of 'drinking to pass out' and becoming estranged from his family

Bloated: Ian pictured as he entered a detox programme that would eventually turn his life around. At his lowest point, he was forced to live on the streets after becoming trapped in a cycle of ‘drinking to pass out’ and becoming estranged from his family 

A dad again: Ian pictured with his two children Amelia, right, nine, and Jack, eight, left, in happier recent times. At the height of his addiction, he didn't see his children for six months and wasn't allowed to spend time alone with them when he did see them

A dad again: Ian pictured with his two children Amelia, right, nine, and Jack, eight, left, in happier recent times. At the height of his addiction, he didn't see his children for six months and wasn't allowed to spend time alone with them when he did see them

A dad again: Ian pictured with his two children Amelia, right, nine, and Jack, eight, left, in happier recent times. At the height of his addiction, he didn’t see his children for six months and wasn’t allowed to spend time alone with them when he did see them

Hardest decision: Ian with his mum Jacqueline who he moved in with for two weeks when his drinking was at its worst; when police escorted him from her home at her request, she found 197 empty bottles in his bedroom amassed over just 14 days

Hardest decision: Ian with his mum Jacqueline who he moved in with for two weeks when his drinking was at its worst; when police escorted him from her home at her request, she found 197 empty bottles in his bedroom amassed over just 14 days

Hardest decision: Ian with his mum Jacqueline who he moved in with for two weeks when his drinking was at its worst; when police escorted him from her home at her request, she found 197 empty bottles in his bedroom amassed over just 14 days 

Ian describes how his early childhood saw him bullied for his poor hearing and his ginger hair. His late grandfather, Steve Jones, decided to enroll him into martial arts classes to give him more confidence, a sport that he quickly got good at. 

He says: ‘People started to notice me and it went to my head a bit. I started bullying the bullies.’

Desperate to fit in with the cool crowd, Ian tells MailOnline that by his early teens, he’d already tried harder drugs and was taking ecstasy and speed at 16. 

I did go to Alcoholics Anonymous. There was a guy who told a story about ending up homeless, losing his family – and I just thought “I’m not even that bad”. It fuelled my denial.’ 
Ian Maddocks 

He says: ‘My family didn’t know, I got away with it for a long time. In my late teens and early twenties, I was partying all the time and I just thought “I’ll just do it every weekend”’. 

‘Looking back now, I’d drunk for most of my life, I was a functioning alcoholic for a long time.’

Becoming a father to Amelia, nine, when he was 27 made him stop taking cocaine but he struggled to control his drinking.  

Within months of his second child, Jack, now eight, being born in 2011, he was drinking heavily, often downing two glasses of wine before going to work at the Bentley factory to ‘take the edge off the working day’. 

He says: ‘It was drinking to function. I was waking up in the morning and having half a bottle of wine. Before we even had Jack, I knew that I couldn’t even look after myself let alone another baby, but I kept it to myself.’ 

The rave scene in the late 90s saw Ian going on benders every weekend but he managed to hold down his job at the Bentley factory in Crewe for a decade

The rave scene in the late 90s saw Ian going on benders every weekend but he managed to hold down his job at the Bentley factory in Crewe for a decade

The rave scene in the late 90s saw Ian going on benders every weekend but he managed to hold down his job at the Bentley factory in Crewe for a decade

By his early twenties, Ian was 'taking things to the next level' on the late 90s rave scene.

By his early twenties, Ian was 'taking things to the next level' on the late 90s rave scene.

He says his downward spiral began when the 'benders' turned into drinking wine before work

He says his downward spiral began when the 'benders' turned into drinking wine before work

By his early twenties, Ian was ‘taking things to the next level’ on the late 90s rave scene. He says his downward spiral began when the ‘benders’ turned into drinking wine before work

New life: Ian with his girlfriend Louisa, 36, who he met on social media after celebrating his sobriety. The couple live separately but Ian describes her as his 'rock'

New life: Ian with his girlfriend Louisa, 36, who he met on social media after celebrating his sobriety. The couple live separately but Ian describes her as his 'rock'

New life: Ian with his girlfriend Louisa, 36, who he met on social media after celebrating his sobriety. The couple live separately but Ian describes her as his ‘rock’

In recovery: Ian in his local boxing gym where he trained to be a UMA fighter

In recovery: Ian in his local boxing gym where he trained to be a UMA fighter

With his children Jack and Amelia

With his children Jack and Amelia

In recovery: Ian in his local boxing gym in Crewe where he trained to be a UMA fighter. Right: With his children Jack and Amelia. He says his children know that alcohol makes him ‘poorly in the head’

Four years after he made the decision not to take heroin on the streets - after a dealer told him to 'think of his kids' - Ian is now regularly competing as a UMA fighter

Four years after he made the decision not to take heroin on the streets - after a dealer told him to 'think of his kids' - Ian is now regularly competing as a UMA fighter

Four years after he made the decision not to take heroin on the streets – after a dealer told him to ‘think of his kids’ – Ian is now regularly competing as a UMA fighter

His bosses noticed his decline and signed him off work for nearly a year on sick leave, something Ian says increased his dependency on cocaine and alcohol as he used his statutory pay to feed his addiction.  

He says: ‘I did go a couple of times to Alcoholics Anonymous. There was a guy who told a story about ending up homeless and losing his family there once – and I just thought “I’m not even that bad”. It fuelled my denial.’

At the same time, heated arguments with his then partner in front of their two children saw her ask him to move into a rented flat. The death of his granddad, who’d raised Ian as a son, left him reaching for the bottle even harder.  

I got money from begging. A bottle of cider from Aldi for two quid – it’s not a lot of money. It’s easy to get two quid…

A disciplinary hearing followed at work and Ian was laid off, which prompted his landlord to end his tenancy forcing him to move back in with his mum.  

After just two weeks at his mother Jacqueline’s home, she called the police and asked him to leave, unable to cope with her son’s ’24/7′ addiction.    

‘I was literally drinking myself to death. I was at her house for two weeks and when she cleared my bedroom out, she found 197 empty bottles of cider and wine. I was stealing her rings to fund my habit.’  

Ian with his grandfather Steve; his death at 90 came as a huge blow and sent Ian further into his descent into addiction

Ian with his grandfather Steve; his death at 90 came as a huge blow and sent Ian further into his descent into addiction

Ian with his grandfather Steve; his death at 90 came as a huge blow and sent Ian further into his descent into addiction 

A recent photo of Ian with Louisa, who he met at one year sober after chatting on Facebook, and younger family members

A recent photo of Ian with Louisa, who he met at one year sober after chatting on Facebook, and younger family members

A recent photo of Ian with Louisa, who he met at one year sober after chatting on Facebook, and younger family members

Ian’s downward curve continued and he says his mother saved his life by calling the police, saying: ‘She had no other way out, she was enabling my addiction by letting me live there. I was just drinking and passing out.’ 

The YMCA told him that night that ‘it wasn’t cold enough’ and he was over 30 and so they couldn’t offer a bed; he ended up sleeping in a church before spending six months on the streets. 

He says: ‘I got money from begging. I’d then buy a bottle of cider from Aldi for two quid – it’s not a lot of money. It’s easy to get two quid.’

Ian’s lowest moment was when he was ‘ready’ to take heroin because life on the streets was so bleak he couldn’t see any way out of his situation. 

‘It was a turning point. The guy I was with said “think of your kids” and he took it himself instead. Shortly after I went to a homeless shelter and told them ‘I need to get off the drink.’

On a particularly freezing night, Ian also went to A&E and threatened to take his own life and mental health services became involved in his plight.  

Ian with his family in a recent photo; he began seeing his children again after completing the ten-day detox programme

Ian with his family in a recent photo; he began seeing his children again after completing the ten-day detox programme

Ian with his family in a recent photo; he began seeing his children again after completing the ten-day detox programme

The key to his recovery was getting a physical address, he says, after mental health worker Mandy Moorcroft found him supported accommodation at Adullam Homes in Crewe. 

On his third attempt to prove he could take recovery seriously, his alcohol readings were low enough that he was enlisted in a detox programme and he says he ‘didn’t look back’. 

With an address, he got benefits and he could afford his train fare to Birkenhead where he did a ten-day detox. 

However, seeing his estranged brother in October 2015 sparked a relapse that lasted for seven days and saw Ian drinking cider in a bush, something that jeopardised his supported accommodation place.  

How common is alcohol addiction?

It has been estimated that 1.4 per cent of all adults (aged 18+) drink at dependent levels and potentially need treatment

October 16th 2015 would be the last time he would have a drink. 

He had four months of intensive therapy with charity Acorn Recovery Projects and started hitting the gym to beat a bout of depression that followed ‘from having nothing to fill the void of drinking’. Ian also trained as a counsellor. 

Re-discovering Thai boxing has, he says, helped his mental health and last year he competed in the British championships just because he had the opportunity. This year he won the World Thai Gold Boxing Champion, held in Barnsley, after training hard twice a day. 

He says: ‘I went to fight and I ended up winning. It was the best feeling in the world. My children watched a video of me fight and we all had a cry when I won. It was a money-can’t-buy moment for me.’

He adds that he would never have believed it would be possible to bring himself back from the brink, saying: ‘No matter how far in the ground you go, you can always pull yourself out. I honestly thought “how am I going to get a job, get off the drugs and the alcohol”. It seemed impossible but I’ve worked hard and good things have happened to me since.’  

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Shannon Noll says he is still haunted by his legal and and drug issues

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As Shannon Noll, 44, releases his new single Long Live The Summer, the singer claims he’s still plagued by his past sins.

Despite a mostly-positive year in 2019 with regular gigs and the birth of his fourth child, Shannon told Daily Mail Australia it hasn’t been easy to escape his past.

With a well-documented history of legal woes and a connection to drug use, he said: ‘I’m still paying the price for it career wise and financially.’

'I'm still paying the price for it': Shannon Noll said he is still suffering from past controversies as he releases his new single Long Live The Summer

'I'm still paying the price for it': Shannon Noll said he is still suffering from past controversies as he releases his new single Long Live The Summer

‘I’m still paying the price for it’: Shannon Noll said he is still suffering from past controversies as he releases his new single Long Live The Summer

In October 2018, Shannon avoided conviction when he was caught with 0.53 grams of cocaine and was handed a one-year good behaviour bond. 

This incident came after he was arrested for assaulting a bouncer at a nightclub the previous year in 2017, before the charges were later dropped.

Shannon told the Daily Mail Australia that his family saved him from plunging into depression as the fallout soon became ugly, both personally and professionally.  

‘Even a couple of weeks ago a deal was on the table and someone got send a video [of Shannon] and they knocked it on the head, so that cost me a big chunk of money for a bit of work.’

'I don't know what would have happened': Shannon said the impact on his family put him in a dark place, but he was able to get past it with their help

'I don't know what would have happened': Shannon said the impact on his family put him in a dark place, but he was able to get past it with their help

‘I don’t know what would have happened’: Shannon said the impact on his family put him in a dark place, but he was able to get past it with their help

The impact it had on his young family and his heavily-pregnant wife at the time, Rochelle Ogston, did not go unnoticed and left Shannon riddled with guilt.

‘There was nothing I could think of but that for a long time, it’s been a hard struggle getting past it mentally,’ he admitted.

‘Lucky for my family, without them I don’t know where I would have been or what could have happened in all honesty.

Not a good look: In October 2018 Shannon escaped conviction when he was caught with 0.53 grams of cocaine and was handed a one-year good behaviour bond

Not a good look: In October 2018 Shannon escaped conviction when he was caught with 0.53 grams of cocaine and was handed a one-year good behaviour bond

Not a good look: In October 2018 Shannon escaped conviction when he was caught with 0.53 grams of cocaine and was handed a one-year good behaviour bond

‘Thank goodness they were right behind me and kept propping me up – I can’t thank them enough,’ he said.

The What About Me singer said he did not have any issues with drug addiction at the time, but added he had struggled with alcohol in the past.

‘At that stage it wasn’t a case of I needed help or anything like that, it was just unfortunate timing and bad choices and it was totally, 100 per cent my fault,’ he said.

Happy! Shannon

Happy! Shannon

 We’re here for you! Shannon said it was the support of his wife Rochelle (pictured) and the rest of his family that got him through tough times

‘This last year I’ve quit smoking. I only have a couple here and there now, which is a lot better than a packet a day like it used to be.’

Shannon said he has ‘taken it on the chin’ and is doing his best to put his past troubles behind him.

He is now touring every week with his new single Long Live The Summer and has big plans for the next year.

The singer will also live out a long-held dream of performing at the Big Red Bash in outback Queensland along with the Summernats car festival in Canberra and said there is only more to come from him.

Back on track: The 44-year-old is now touring ever week and will perform at the Big Red Bash and the Summernats next year

Back on track: The 44-year-old is now touring ever week and will perform at the Big Red Bash and the Summernats next year

Back on track: The 44-year-old is now touring ever week and will perform at the Big Red Bash and the Summernats next year

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James Haskell shows off his taut physique as he works out on the beach before I’m A Celebrity starts

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He is set to wow I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here viewers with his rippling abs and taut physique.

And ahead of his stint down under, James Haskell revealed that he’ll ‘throw himself in the creek’ to cope with missing sex with his wife Chloe Madeley.

The hunk, 34, offered a glimpse of what is to come while on a stroll along the beach at Surfers Paradise in Australia on Friday. 

Fitness mad: James Haskell offered a glimpse of what is to come while on a stroll along the beach at Surfers Paradise in Australia on Friday

Fitness mad: James Haskell offered a glimpse of what is to come while on a stroll along the beach at Surfers Paradise in Australia on Friday

Fitness mad: James Haskell offered a glimpse of what is to come while on a stroll along the beach at Surfers Paradise in Australia on Friday

James wore a grey t-shirt and black shorts for a quick workout just hours before entering the jungle.

He quickly ditched his shirt and shoes as he walked along the beach following his intensive sweat session.

The former rugby player showed off his substantial muscles with a series of exercises including pull ups and leg raises.

He later felt the sand on his feet as he rested on a sandbank and dipped his feet into the water during a gentle walk, before removing his shirt in an effort to cool down.

Desperate measures: And ahead of his stint down under, James Haskell revealed that he’ll ‘throw himself in the creek’ to cope with missing sex with his wife Chloe Madeley

Pose: The hunk, 34, wore a grey t-shirt and black shorts for a quick workout just hours before entering the jungle

Pose: The hunk, 34, wore a grey t-shirt and black shorts for a quick workout just hours before entering the jungle

Pose: The hunk, 34, wore a grey t-shirt and black shorts for a quick workout just hours before entering the jungle

Show-off: James walked along the beach following his sweat session

Show-off: James walked along the beach following his sweat session

Show-off: James quickly ditched his shirt and shoes

Show-off: James quickly ditched his shirt and shoes

Show-off: James quickly ditched his shirt and shoes as he walked along the beach following his sweat session

Casual: The rugby star later felt the sand on his feet as he rested on a sandbank and dipped his feet into the water during a gentle walk, before he removed his shirt in an effort to cool down

Casual: The rugby star later felt the sand on his feet as he rested on a sandbank and dipped his feet into the water during a gentle walk, before he removed his shirt in an effort to cool down

Casual: The rugby star later felt the sand on his feet as he rested on a sandbank and dipped his feet into the water during a gentle walk, before he removed his shirt in an effort to cool down

Buff: The former rugby player showed off his substantial muscles

Buff: The former rugby player showed off his substantial muscles

Buff: James completed a series of exercises including pull ups and leg raises

Buff: James completed a series of exercises including pull ups and leg raises

Buff: The former rugby player showed off his substantial muscles with a series of exercises including pull ups and leg raises

James’ beach work-out comes after he revealed he plans to resort to desperate measures to curb his sexual frustrations in the jungle.

Chloe, the daughter of TV’s Richard and Judy, previously revealed that the couple have sex ‘sex every night’.

When asked how he’ll cope without nookie for up to three weeks, the rugby ace responded to The Sun: ‘I think I’ll be able to stay calm.

‘When you’re on 700 calories and everything smells of smoke, I’ll be fine. I’ll just throw myself in the creek.’

Frustrated: When asked how he'll cope without nookie for up to three weeks, the rugby ace responded to The Sun: 'I think I’ll be able to stay calm'

Frustrated: When asked how he'll cope without nookie for up to three weeks, the rugby ace responded to The Sun: 'I think I’ll be able to stay calm'

Frustrated: When asked how he’ll cope without nookie for up to three weeks, the rugby ace responded to The Sun: ‘I think I’ll be able to stay calm’

Drastic: 'When you’re on 700 calories and everything smells of smoke, I’ll be fine. I’ll just throw myself in the creek'

Drastic: 'When you’re on 700 calories and everything smells of smoke, I’ll be fine. I’ll just throw myself in the creek'

Drastic: ‘When you’re on 700 calories and everything smells of smoke, I’ll be fine. I’ll just throw myself in the creek’ 

The star went on to say how ‘bizarre’ it would be to not have her around and he’ll ‘miss her a lot’ as they speak ‘every day.’

He added: ‘We speak ten times a day. From the first time we met for the last five years, we’ve been pretty much inseparable and we do everything together. She is the most supportive person in the world.’

It comes after Nadine Coyle and James seemed to strike up a bond just two days into filming the show – which is set to air on Sunday. 

They were tasked with running through the water before slumping on the beach. 

Nadine, 34, then exhaustedly fell into his arms as he gave her a congratulatory hug. 

Content: James seemed content as he rested on a bank and sunk his toes into the soft sand ahead of his I'm A Celeb appearance

Content: James seemed content as he rested on a bank and sunk his toes into the soft sand ahead of his I'm A Celeb appearance

Content: James seemed content as he rested on a bank and sunk his toes into the soft sand ahead of his I’m A Celeb appearance

Relaxed: James took a gentle stroll along the sand

Relaxed: James took a gentle stroll along the sand

Relaxed: James prepared to enter the I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here jungle

Relaxed: James prepared to enter the I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here jungle

Relaxed: James took a gentle stroll along the sand as he prepared to enter the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here jungle

Hardworking: James lifted his legs high up into the air as he worked on his already taut physique

Hardworking: James lifted his legs high up into the air as he worked on his already taut physique

Hardworking: James lifted his legs high up into the air as he worked on his already taut physique 

Strained: He lifted his legs up during one ab-clenching exercise

Strained: He lifted his legs up during one ab-clenching exercise

Strained: James looked slightly uncomfortable

Strained: James looked slightly uncomfortable

Strained: As he lifted his legs up during one ab-clenching exercise James looked slightly uncomfortable

Strength training: James lifts his feet up as part of an intense set of exercises at a set of metal frames on the Surfers' Paradise beach

Strength training: James lifts his feet up as part of an intense set of exercises at a set of metal frames on the Surfers' Paradise beach

Strength training: James lifts his feet up as part of an intense set of exercises at a set of metal frames on the Surfers’ Paradise beach

Workout: James strained his arms as he lifted his legs

Workout: James strained his arms as he lifted his legs

Workout: James worked on his triceps by doing a round of dips

Workout: James worked on his triceps by doing a round of dips

Workout: James strained his arms as he lifted his legs and worked on his triceps by doing a round of dips

Wistful: The star appears to be dreaming about the food he will no longer be able to consume when he enters the jungle

Wistful: The star appears to be dreaming about the food he will no longer be able to consume when he enters the jungle

Wistful: The star appears to be dreaming about the food he will no longer be able to consume when he enters the jungle

The singer has already said she fears ‘death’ on the show and worries she won’t even make it across the rope bridge into camp.

And James himself said people have a misconception he has no fears because of his stature, but that it’s not true.

No doubt cheering him on from home will be his wife, Chloe Madeley, 32, who has said she is proud of him for going on the show. 

All the gear: James wore an Apple watch on one wrist as he pulled himself on the bar. His muscular frame almost appeared to burst out of his shirt

All the gear: James wore an Apple watch on one wrist as he pulled himself on the bar. His muscular frame almost appeared to burst out of his shirt

All the gear: James wore an Apple watch on one wrist as he pulled himself on the bar. His muscular frame almost appeared to burst out of his shirt

Smiles: He gazes into the distance while grinning to himself as he poses on the beach before heading further along the beach

Smiles: He gazes into the distance while grinning to himself as he poses on the beach before heading further along the beach

Smiles: He gazes into the distance while grinning to himself as he poses on the beach before heading further along the beach

Expectant: Australian high-rise buildings can be seen in the background as James looks out into the ocean in front of him

Expectant: Australian high-rise buildings can be seen in the background as James looks out into the ocean in front of him

Expectant: Australian high-rise buildings can be seen in the background as James looks out into the ocean in front of him

She shared a picture of herself kissing her man on Instagram as he jetted off to Australia.

She wrote: ‘When you go through a lot with someone you end up somewhere remarkable. I couldn’t be prouder of you.’

The couple married on December 15 at All Saints’ Church in Berkshire.

Nadine split from her long-term love after Jason Bell, 41, 11 years in September – they are parents to five-year-old Anaiya. 

Fitness: Veins in James' arms began to pop as he pulled himself up on the beach-side metal frame on Friday

Fitness: Veins in James' arms began to pop as he pulled himself up on the beach-side metal frame on Friday

Fitness: Veins in James’ arms began to pop as he pulled himself up on the beach-side metal frame on Friday

I'm A Celebrity: Nadine Coyle and James Haskell have struck up a bond as he gave her a celebratory hug after they got soaked during exhausting water race on Friday

I'm A Celebrity: Nadine Coyle and James Haskell have struck up a bond as he gave her a celebratory hug after they got soaked during exhausting water race on Friday

I’m A Celebrity: Nadine Coyle and James Haskell have struck up a bond as he gave her a celebratory hug after they got soaked during exhausting water race on Friday

Love: No doubt cheering him on from home will be his wife, Chloe Madeley, who said she is very proud of him for going on the show

Love: No doubt cheering him on from home will be his wife, Chloe Madeley, who said she is very proud of him for going on the show

Love: No doubt cheering him on from home will be his wife, Chloe Madeley, who said she is very proud of him for going on the show

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Children In Need: Cheryl says her son Bear ‘means the world to me’ as she introduces story

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It’s been a successful night of fundraising with almost £48million being raised for disadvantaged youngsters across the country. 

And Cheryl made sure to play her part in the worthy efforts by making an emotional introduction to one of the heart-breaking real life stories and candidly discussing her toddler son Bear.

The singer, 36, said ‘my son means the world to me, he’s the reason I get up in the morning, I can’t imagine ever having to be without him’ before the video started.

Get involved: Cheryl made sure to play her part in the worthy efforts by making an emotional introduction to one of the heart-breaking real life stories and candidly discussing her toddler son Bear

Get involved: Cheryl made sure to play her part in the worthy efforts by making an emotional introduction to one of the heart-breaking real life stories and candidly discussing her toddler son Bear

Get involved: Cheryl made sure to play her part in the worthy efforts by making an emotional introduction to one of the heart-breaking real life stories and candidly discussing her toddler son Bear

Cheryl is mother to two-year-old Bear, who she shares with former One Direction star Liam Payne. 

Cheryl was introducing a video about a family who have benefited from Children In Need by going to a bereavement centre in Newcastle.

In the hard hitting clip twins Jack and Molly are seen talking about their mother Jenny, who passed away in July 2018. 

After losing their mother the family met Beth a bereavement counselor who explains that Jack worries other people in his family will get sick.

Emotional: As the singer introduced the VT she said 'my son means the world to me, he’s the reason I get up in the morning, I can’t imagine ever having to be without him'

Emotional: As the singer introduced the VT she said 'my son means the world to me, he’s the reason I get up in the morning, I can’t imagine ever having to be without him'

Emotional: As the singer introduced the VT she said ‘my son means the world to me, he’s the reason I get up in the morning, I can’t imagine ever having to be without him’

Love: Cheryl shares her two-year-old son Bear with former One Direction singer Liam Payne

Love: Cheryl shares her two-year-old son Bear with former One Direction singer Liam Payne

Love: Cheryl shares her two-year-old son Bear with former One Direction singer Liam Payne

It is then revealed that their father Scott had Hodgkin lymphoma and was off work for five years and Molly was ill with meningitis as a baby.

Tragically just months after going into remission, Jenny was diagnosed with bowel cancer.

Beth said: ‘Jenny came to me and said “I need your help so the children can cope with my death”. it was a very brave thing to do.’

Heartbreaking: Cheryl's clip was followed by the story of youngsters Jack and Molly whose mother Jenny had bowel cancer and died in July 2018

Heartbreaking: Cheryl's clip was followed by the story of youngsters Jack and Molly whose mother Jenny had bowel cancer and died in July 2018

Heartbreaking: Cheryl’s clip was followed by the story of youngsters Jack and Molly whose mother Jenny had bowel cancer and died in July 2018

Also on Friday Cheryl took to Instagram to encourage her 3.6m followers to donate to the show.

She wrote: ‘It’s that time of year again. Children In Need changes the lives of children and subsequently adults all over our country every year and it is all down to the generosity of the donations you give and that is priceless.

‘Tune in to tonight’s show on @bbcone. Let’s get together and make this our best one yet. Sending lots of love to all involved.’

The annual telethon raised a spectacular grand total of £47,886,382 on Friday. This was a decline from last year’s total of £50.6m on the night which later rose to £58m. 

Family: Twins Jack and Molly, pictured with their mother Jenny, benefited from Children In Need by going to a bereavement centre in Newcastle

Family: Twins Jack and Molly, pictured with their mother Jenny, benefited from Children In Need by going to a bereavement centre in Newcastle

Family: Twins Jack and Molly, pictured with their mother Jenny, benefited from Children In Need by going to a bereavement centre in Newcastle

Loss: The twins' father Scott, pictured with Jenny, also battled Hodgkin lymphoma and was off work for five years before his wife received her cancer diagnosis

Loss: The twins' father Scott, pictured with Jenny, also battled Hodgkin lymphoma and was off work for five years before his wife received her cancer diagnosis

Loss: The twins’ father Scott, pictured with Jenny, also battled Hodgkin lymphoma and was off work for five years before his wife received her cancer diagnosis 

It comes after  Cheryl revealed that she worried her Bear would be swapped for another baby in the hospital after she gave birth to him.

The former Girls Aloud singer said that she felt ‘irrational’ and wouldn’t let doctors take him out of her sight.

During a chat on on Ru Paul and Michelle Visage’s podcast What’s The Tea, Cheryl detailed why she felt that Bear might be taken away from her.

She candidly revealed: “When I had him, first of all I wouldn’t let the doctors take him out of the room. I read this story about two girls being swapped at birth and it was playing on my mind. I was so irrational…I didn’t want anyone to take him.’

Cheryl and Liam made their first public appearance as a couple in May 2016 before appearing to confirm their pregnancy during a night out six months later.

The former Girls Aloud star stepped out at the time wearing a form-fitting khaki dress which showcased her blossoming baby bump.

However after two and a half years together the pair announced their split, but vowed to remain close while they raise their son in a ‘loving family’.

Struggles: Cheryl has previously revealed that she worried Bear would be swapped for another baby in the hospital after she gave birth to him

Struggles: Cheryl has previously revealed that she worried Bear would be swapped for another baby in the hospital after she gave birth to him

Struggles: Cheryl has previously revealed that she worried Bear would be swapped for another baby in the hospital after she gave birth to him

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