We’ve always had a soft spot for Martin Lewis, whether it’s watching how animated he gets about mortgage rates on TV programmes, or checking his website for discount codes, but we had no idea the cheery chap had a very sad childhood.
The Money Saving Expert opened up on a recent interview with Radio 5 Live, telling presenters that he had lost his mother in a horrific car crash just days before his 12th birthday. He describes the tragedy as ‘the end of my childhood’ and he told host Tony Livesey that he’d cried every day until he was 15.
He’s channelled his sadness into something positive, and is now a patron for the charity Grief Encounter, which helps children who have lost their parents. But he admitted he was worried about getting involved with the cause initially as he wasn’t ready to speak about his mother’s death. Previously he’s remained so tight-lipped on the topic that he admitted even his wife had learnt something new from his interview.
It’s clearly still a difficult subject for the financial expert to speak about, and his open attitude on the programme has won over a new legion of fans. Many readers were left in tears, and praised his honesty and bravery.
In fact, he admitted on Good Morning Britain last week that he had to turn off his social media as he’d received so many messages. He said he was ‘overwhelmed’ by the response and thanked fans for their support. He then joked: “I want to go back to being the guy that saves you money. I couldn’t copy with [talking about grief] any more.”