SAS: Who Dares Wins: Jake cries after grilling from Ant Middleton
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SAS: Who Dares Wins is back on Channel 4 tonight and the tough TV competition series will continue to push the latest recruits to the limit. The show is known for its physical challenges, but there are also tests of mental and emotional strength. Recruit number six, Jake, opened up about the death of girlfriend Emily Hartridge.
What happened to Emily Hartridge?
This season of SAS: Who Dares Wins has already seen the recruits face some emotional battles.
Jake, 28, from London, knows all too well about facing emotional challenges in life and he tells the story of his relationship with girlfriend Emily Partridge.
Emily was a well-known YouTuber and social media influencer, who was killed in a tragic road accident while she was riding an electric scooter.
The presenter and Instagram star had more than 335,000 YouTube subscribers, and more than 63,000 Instagram followers.
She was an advocate for mental health awareness and took part in a documentary about turning 30, in which she staged her own funeral.
Emily and Jake moved in together in July 2019 and they had hoped to start a family in the same year.
Only a week after moving into their new home, Emily was travelling to an IVF appointment at a clinic.
She was killed in a road accident on her way, having been on an electric scooter which was a present from Jake.
No-one was arrested following her death, and no-one was blamed for the incident, which happened in Battersea.
Emily was 35 when she died, and the accident turned Jake’s life upside down.
He received backlash from strangers online, who blamed him for her death.
Jake did not let the comments get the better of him and he has since used social media as a platform to help others open up about their mental health.
He signed up to the gruelling TV series as it was approaching the one year anniversary of Emily’s death.
He has since used Instagram and YouTube to help others and encourage conversations regarding mental health. He wanted to take part in the course as it was nearing the one year anniversary of Emily’s death and he felt lost.
Speaking about his experience on the series, he said it was one of the toughest challenges he has ever faced.
He said: “I am sure most people would say it would be without doubt the toughest. However after losing my girlfriend Emily in 2019, SAS: Who Dares Wins takes second spot.
“It’s fair to say that I was not expecting it to be as challenging as it was for me.
“It brought up things in me that I have had buried deep down for a very long time.
“And I am so grateful for the show and the opportunity as since leaving the course, it has helped me face up to and deal with some of those issues, rather than bury them down inside me.
“It helped me make peace with the whole situation. To the fellow recruits, DS, and all of you that work on the show, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.”
He said the hardest part was the unknown, and the feeling of not knowing what would happen next.
Even though he is an active person, this is the first time he has had to face a physical challenge quite as tough.
He said one of the main reasons for signing up was that he “felt very lost” in the year after losing Emily, and he wanted to prove he had some fight left in him.
The fitness instructor said: “I fear sometimes that I have given up in life without her. I needed to prove to myself that I hadn’t. I screamed down that cliff during the abseil task, but the fact I walked off that edge proved that I still had some fight left in me.”
He said one thing to take away from the experience was that he still had some fight left in him, and Emily would certainly be proud of his incredible efforts.
SAS: Who Dares Wins airs on Sundays on Channel 4
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