I’m A Celeb’s Victoria Derbyshire reveals her violent dad once poured hot soup over her

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‘I thought, ”I have complete contempt for you”’: I’m A Celeb’s Victoria Derbyshire reveals her violent dad once poured hot soup over her when she was a teen

  • If you are a victim of domestic abuse, call Refuge’s freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 

Victoria Derbyshire has revealed her violent father once poured hot soup over her when she was a teen. 

In a new interview, the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star, 52, recalled having ‘complete contempt’ for her dad, who passed away from a stroke following the UK’s first national lockdown earlier this year.

The journalist, who never saw her father again after her parents’ split, reflected on coping with the ordeal by ‘not reacting’ to her father’s rage.

Heartbreaking: Victoria Derbyshire has revealed her violent father once poured hot soup over her when she was a teen (pictured last year)

Heartbreaking: Victoria Derbyshire has revealed her violent father once poured hot soup over her when she was a teen (pictured last year)

Broadcaster Victoria told The Times: ‘Once I was sitting eating my tea – tomato soup – in my school uniform. He was shouting at me across the kitchen table.

‘I looked up and I didn’t say anything. But I was thinking, ”I have complete contempt for you.” And he could see it in my eyes.

‘So he leant across the table and tipped the hot soup all over my school uniform. My way of dealing with that was not to react. Don’t scream. Don’t cry.’

The publication reported that the media personality and her family did not attend Anthony’s funeral.

'He was shouting at me across the table': In a new interview, the I'm A Celebrity star (pictured as a child), 52, recalled having 'complete contempt' for her dad, who passed away this year

‘He was shouting at me across the table’: In a new interview, the I’m A Celebrity star (pictured as a child), 52, recalled having ‘complete contempt’ for her dad, who passed away this year

'I looked up and I didn’t say anything': The journalist, who never saw her father again after her parents' split, reflected on coping with the ordeal by 'not reacting' to her father's rage

‘I looked up and I didn’t say anything’: The journalist, who never saw her father again after her parents’ split, reflected on coping with the ordeal by ‘not reacting’ to her father’s rage 

Victoria has detailed her late dad’s abusive behaviour in the past, having explored the topic of domestic violence in a recent episode of BBC’s Panorama.

Speaking to the BBC ahead of the programme, the TV star explained how her ‘whole body’ would ‘tense’ every time she heard her father’s key in the back door.

The presenter insisted she wouldn’t know whether his mood would provoke an argument or result in him hitting or whipping her with his belt, or slapping her round the back of her head. 

Victoria shared that while she could escape her father’s temper by going to her friend’s house down the road, she feels for those who were ‘trapped’ in the same house as their abusers amid the coronavirus lockdown. 

The Ramsbottom native said: ‘When the prime minister told us all to stay at home because of coronavirus, one of my first thoughts was for those living in abusive households.

‘Women, men and children, essentially trapped, forced to stay inside week after week – what would happen to them?’ 

During an emotional segment in the show, she revisited the childhood home she grew up in in Littleborough, Rochdale, for the first time in 35 years.

Hard times: The presenter has detailed her late dad's abusive behaviour in the past, having explored the topic of domestic violence in a recent episode of BBC's Panorama

Hard times: The presenter has detailed her late dad’s abusive behaviour in the past, having explored the topic of domestic violence in a recent episode of BBC’s Panorama 

‘Like I could really cry, I could really cry,’ she explained. ‘Pathetic. So this is the house where I grew up. It’s so weird, I haven’t been here for so long and I’ve got some really happy memories of being there, but there were some really difficult times because my father was violent.’

‘You know, this was the 70s and 80s. No one had heard the phrase ”domestic abuse”. No one knew what it meant, what it was or what it involved. 

‘If he was in the house we were on eggshells all the time. I remember once he locked my mum in their bedroom and he was hitting her and there was loads of noise and I was scared.’

She continued: ‘So I ran from here down to the police station which is maybe a mile. I was 12 or 13. I was so scared I just ran to the police stations and said “my dad’s hitting my mum, please can you come.”‘  

If you are a victim of domestic abuse, call Refuge’s freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 

Impressive stint: Just a few weeks ago, the TV star competed on this year's I'm A Celebrity at Gwrych Castle in North Wales (pictured with Beverley Callard)

Impressive stint: Just a few weeks ago, the TV star competed on this year’s I’m A Celebrity at Gwrych Castle in North Wales (pictured with Beverley Callard)

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