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Made in Chelsea star Joshua “JP” Patterson has revealed that he considered taking his own life at the “lowest point” in his life but his daughter India has “empowered” him on his journey to breaking a world record.
The former reality star, 31, who recently shared his painful injuries, made history last month after becoming the first person to run a marathon, 26.2 miles, in all four UK nations in under 24 hours.
JP, who shares four year old daughter India with ex-girlfriend Binky Felstead, described how he strives to be a “huge role model” in his little girl’s life and is "humbled" to be recognised as an ultra-athlete.
In a raw and honest chat, JP spoke exclusively to OK! about the “really difficult period in his life” when he was just 22 years old.
He said: “Years and years ago I was really at the extreme end of the spectrum where I was going to take my life.
“I have been really vocal about this because I am at point now whereby having India, it has really empowered me.
“I am not ashamed to talk about my past and if anything, I am proud that I can be vocal about it. Talking can normalise these situations and let people know that it is okay to feel that way.”
The former reality star, who completed the Run 4 Nations challenge in 23 hours, 47 minutes and 10 seconds and has so far raised £27,255 for charity Samaritans, also spoke about what kept him going through the gruelling distance.
He said: “My little girl Indy is young and she doesn’t have a great idea in what is going on but, for me, there is a huge part in wanting to be a big role model in her life.
“I didn’t necessarily believe in myself when I was younger. I was probably my biggest limitation and I would like to think, with what I am doing, that as India gets older, she can dream as big as she likes and know that she has a daddy who is going to support that.”
JP, who crossed the Run 4 Nations finish line in North Wales clutching the Union flag with muscle tape wrapped around his calf, described how the feeling of making history was "surreal".
"I was half-elated and half in shock that I had just done it which is just another reminder of how strong the mind is and how far you can physically push yourself," he said.
Speaking about the intensity of the challenge, he said: "I was at breaking point from the mid way to three-quarter mark where my injuries really started to occur and I was in pain for such a long time. I was actually vomiting in the helicopter on the way which was pretty foul!"
JP, who has garnered 404,000 Instagram followers through his tireless work in "changing the narrative" of mental health, described how there will always be "good days and bad days", adding: "I think with time and experience comes knowledge and you learn ways in which to face those days when you can make the process a little bit easier each time."
Talking about how her overcomes "bad days", JP revealed how he tries to "reflect" on the "incredible things" he has achieved which also includes his world record of travelling 900 miles in just 19 days from John O’Groats to Land’s End by wheelchair in 2019.
He added: "If you have that bad day where you feel a little bit worthless you have those images, videos or a friend who you can connect with over those experiences and remind yourself that it is just nonsense."
The remarkable athlete, who credits his running coach Ben Parker and Ultra X for their support, told how he is "humbled" for the support he has received since leaving the Channel 4 reality show on his journey to becoming a recognised sportsman.
He ended: "When you do reality TV a lot of people pigeon hole you to that industry and that is your value. It has taken me a long time since I left that show to earn people’s respect.
"Ultimately I am going completely against the grain and no one is really doing what I do in this industry and so it means the absolute world that people continue to support me."
If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.
Donate to Josh’s Run 4 Nations challenge at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/josh-patterson-r4n
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