‘I did really go through it emotionally’ Nick Knowles opens up about dealing with split from ex Jessica

Nick Knowles has opened up about one of the most difficult times in his life after the breakdown of his relationship with wife Jessica, revealing it was his brother who got him through the experience.

Nick and his estranged wife Jessica hit headlines at the beginning of last year when they announced they had separated.

But after the mum-of-one was diagnosed with cervical cancer, Nick made it clear he was still there for her.

At the time the 54-year-old tweeted his support, telling followers that he ‘stood by her’.

Now, in a recent interview with the Mirror, the DIY SOS presenter has spoken out about how difficult that period of his life was, and how his brother helped him deal with the breakdown of his three-year marriage all while supporting Jessica through a miscarriage and cancer diagnosis.

Nick said that although times were tough, he always had ‘people to talk to’.

‘I did really go through it emotionally. Jess was really, really unwell. All those things are hugely difficult but I always had people to talk to who are close to me.’

Nick and Jessica back in May 2016 at the Chelsea Flower Show

And when it came to taking advice, Nick chose to spend time with his big brother, who luckily was well equipped to support Nick as he has trained as a councillor.

‘When I come under extreme stress, I spend time with my older brother John, who has had counselling training.’

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The dad-of-one also reflected on some of the less helpful advice he received, including friends that encouraged him to go on dating app Tinder.

Quipping that the press would go ‘mental’, the father revealed that it isn’t an approach he would be taking anytime soon.

‘One friend said I should go on Tinder.’

‘Can you imagine what would happen in the press if I was suddenly to appear on Tinder? It would be mental.’