Dale Winton’s heartbreaking early years: Star’s ‘one regret’ was not meeting to his mother before her death
Dale Winton suffered heartbreak at an early age, losing both his parents by the time he was 21
Dale Winton will be remembered by many of us as the smiling star who was never afraid to push for a laugh on the likes of Supermarket Sweep and The Other Half.
The star, who sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 62, credited his mother, Sheree, for much of his success, explaining that he got his impressive work ethic from her.
‘My mum came from a very poor background, and she dragged herself up by her own bootstraps,’ he said of his mother in an interview.
The star once said that his one regret was not coming out to his mother before her death (Picture: Tony Harris/PA Wire
However, in the same searingly honest talk with The Times, he also described the heartbreak that shaped his early years and saw him robbed of his dearest friend and rock.
Having already lost his father when he was aged just 10, Dale recalled the heartbreak surrounding his mother’s death when he was just 21, saying he was ‘sorry’ that he never came out to her before she died by suicide.
Sitting down with the publication, the star explained that he was left terrified at the prospect of telling his mother he was gay after she heard him chatting to his boyfriend on their telephone at home; promptly packing a suitcase he fled the house before they had to have that conversation.
However, in a touching twist, his mother tracked him down and offered him nothing but love and support. Dale recalled of the moment his mother reached out, remembering the words she said to him:
‘I will always be your best friend as well as your mother, and I never want you to feel there’s something you can’t tell me, and I will never judge or discriminate. You are my son, and you don’t have a father; you can trust me with anything.’
He once said: ‘If I have a regret, It’s actually that I never sat [down and told her]… Although she knew, I’m sorry that I never gave her the benefit of that trust’ (Picture: Ken McKay/REX/Shutterstock) entertainment
Unable to find the words to say what he wanted to say, the pair left it at that and reconciled, but Dale never got the chance to actually sit down and tell his mother the truth.
‘If I have a regret,’ he said. ‘It’s actually that I never sat [down and told her]… Although she knew, I’m sorry that I never gave her the benefit of that trust. I kind of wished I had, because she died not long after.’
Dale’s mother, a glamorous actress who had a CV that included work on a Bond film, had brought him up on her own since his father Gary’s death, and suffered from depression.
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Speaking about her death and the affect it had on him in his autobiography, Dale: My Story, he said: ‘I had some really desperate personal moments soon after Mum died. On one occasion, I telephoned the Samaritans and went to see one of their volunteers.
‘Whatever people say to comfort one, suicide is chiefly thought of as the ultimate rejection of loved ones, as well as of life, and those who are left need time to get beyond these thoughts.’