Repair Shop presenter was left homeless after marriage and business flopped

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The furniture expert, 48, found fame on the daytime hit The Repair Shop, where members of the public have their damaged items restored.

But hosting his own television show looked a long way off for Jay four years ago when he found himself without a job or a home.

He said: “I was homeless. You heard me right – yes, homeless.

“Everything fell down for me. My marriage broke up, my business broke up. I left my ex-wife the house and everything like that.”

As well as losing his home and his marriage, his charity Out Of The Dark – which helped steer youths away from crime by teaching them repair skills – folded due to lack of funding.

But Jay reckons hitting rock bottom helped him to rebuild his life. He added: “I felt like I was being reborn.”

Wolverhampton businessman Gerald Bailey, a pal of Jay’s, took him into his family home and loaned him a workshop.

Jay added: “I couldn’t have been luckier than to have found two such loving people to have taken me in, nurtured my spirit and soul and treated me as their own.

“This loving environment gave me hope and enabled me to recharge, grow and experience life through a child’s eyes.

“In turn this reignited my creativity, ambitions, drive, and made me feel all my dreams could come true.”

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