FORMER Geordie Shore star Vicky Pattison has been hailed by her fans as “heroic and brave” for her “raw” new documentary.
The reality TV favourite could be seen opening up about her struggles with alcohol in the emotional programme Vicky Pattison: Alcohol, Dad and Me on Tuesday night.
Fans were left emotional as Vicky, 34, who is best known for appearing on Geordie Shore, recounted her difficult childhood.
She recalled how she dealt with her dad John’s alcohol struggles at a young age as she broke down in tears about the impact.
In the hour-long special, Vicky spoke with her family and specialists about how her dad’s behaviour had led her to a life of her own alcohol abuse through partying with friends.
She opened up for the first time about how John’s alcohol abuse during her childhood showed similarities to her own behaviour – and her worries about suffering the same fate as her dad.
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She was joined by John for a therapy session, where she admitted her fears that he wouldn’t be alive to see her have children due to his ongoing battle with alcoholism after a recent relapse.
As she sobbed, Vicky revealed how she was “scared” of losing her dad, and begged him to make a change once and for all.
In return, the star promised to better her own drinking habits, revealing at the end of the programme she was taking small steps to improve her drinking – including leaving nights out early.
Fans watching the “difficult” scenes at home were full of praise for the star about opening up, and took to Twitter to gush over her as “brave” and “heroic” for tackling the issue.
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“Profoundly moving documentary,” one wrote to Twitter. “Well done Vicky, it’s really brave what you’re doing.”
Another added: “What a brave thing she’s doing. This would be tough enough privately, but letting us all into her world takes courage.”
“Heroic of Vicky Pattison speaking truths and raising awareness in her documentary,” a third gushed, as a fourth said: “This was so raw and honest. Thank you so much Vicky for your honesty.”
A fifth concluded: “Well that had me crying with you. So relatable, so very brave and I am sure it will help lots of people going through it.”
In the documentary, Vicky revealed she was scared her dad John would pass away before she and her boyfriend Ercan had children.
“I really want to be a mum. I really want to have kids,” she said as she sobbed to her dad. “I want my kids to meet you. I’m so worried that if you don’t stop drinking that you won’t meet them.”
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Speaking about the reasons behind filming the documentary, Vicky said: “I’ve wanted to make this documentary in one form or another for years, but in retrospect, I was not in the right place to make it.
“I was still struggling with an awful lot of my own issues around alcohol. I think for me, so much of who I am and who I’m becoming is being shaped by my childhood, by my dad’s illness.
“I think a part of me maybe wanted to understand it more as well.”
Vicky Pattison: Alcohol, Dad and Me is available to stream on Channel 4oD