Bear Grylls opened to Louis Theroux in a BBC meeting over ‘weeping’ as well as ‘battling’ when he was delivered off to boarding institution at the age of 8.
The speaker, 48, from London, contrasted the ‘raw worry’ as well as ‘susceptability’ he really felt training for the SAS to being sent out to prep institution.
In a free-and-easy chat for Louis Theroux Interviews… Bear told the presenter his experience was symbolic of a ‘generation’ of parents believing their boys could only become men by going to boarding school.
During his interview on the BBC, Bear said: ‘I remember [going to boarding school] really well being dropped off.
‘My mum as well as dad were bawling their eyes out driving away… I couldn’t figure out what part of nature thinks this is a good idea.
‘I’m crying, they’re crying… It was definitely a trickier time for me. I don’t think I dealt with it particularly well.’
‘You develop survival mechanisms to deal with the upset and the fear, there were definitely bullies at some of the schools I went to.
‘Looking back I was too young to be able to deal with those sort of fears.’
Louis said could ‘not imagine’ sending his seven-year-old away from home for his education.
Bear Grylls (pictured right), 48, from London, compared the ‘raw fear’ and ‘vulnerability’ he felt training for the SAS as he did being sent to prep school
Bear is the son of the late Conservative politician Sir Michael Grylls (left)
Bear (left) pictured with his mother Sarah Grylls (right) and sibling Lara Fawcett (middle)
Bear is the son of the late Conservative politician Sir Michael Grylls and joined the army and the SAS before becoming a TV star and expert survivalist.
As a youngster he went to Eaton House, Ludgrove School and Eton College, but admitted his time at school made him more coy and introverted.
On living and learning away from the home, Louis asked him: ‘Did you ever talk to your parents about it?’
Bear replied: ‘A little bit, my dad died when I was pretty young after school.
The TV star said that wehn he started his SAS training, the feelings of raw vulnerability came flooding back to him
‘And I never got the chance to ask him that…. He was the most lovely dad, cosy, kind, loving… same with my mum. That was hard for them as well.’
Louis then asked: ‘I have the sense that you were close to both of your parents’.
To which Bear said: ‘My mum, she’s amazing, she’s a true character and I think as she gets older I am gentler with her eccentricities.’
He added: ‘She’s quite unusual my mum, she had some mental health issues going on. My dad shielded us from her more unusual episodes.’
The TV personality and documentary maker informed Louis Theroux (right) he only spoke to his moms and dads ‘a little bit’ about his experience of boarding school
Bear (right) told Louis (left) ‘You develop survival mechanisms to deal with the upset and the fear, there were definitely bullies at the schools I went to’
He described his mother (right) amazing, she’s a true character while his father was the most ‘lovely dad… cosy, kind [and] loving.’ (pictured with his sister Lara and Bear as a baby)
On GMB earlier last month, Bear revealed that his new book Mind Fuel, that will come out on Thursday, will focus on his own mental health battles
To encapsulate his time at school, Bear told Louis a story after just completing his SAS training.
The rigorous assessment, which is renowned for being physically taxing and psychologically torturous, brought back memories of him going to boarding school.
When he sat down and talked to the psychiatrist, he said: ‘It’s weird because I haven’t felt that feeling of raw feeling and vulnerability since I went to prep school.’
He thought the professional would laugh, but he replied: ‘I can’t tell you how many times I have heard that from this process’.
This is not the first time Bear has opened up about his mental health.
On GMB in October Bear revealed that his new book Mind Fuel focuses on his own mental health battles.
He then went on to talk about male mental health, citing 75 per cent of suicide attempts currently are ‘male’.
GMB host Susanna speculated: ‘We can imagine that people view you as rock solid, nothing bothers you – that sort of thing. What is this fragile bear?’
He said: ‘All of us are a work in progress. The suicide rates are crazy at the moment. When guys face the storms of life a lot of them don’t have the framework or tools to deal with that.
‘My book is to strengthen the mind and build up resilience. Simple stuff like go for a walk, go for a cold shower, get fit.
‘This is for everyone – people who haven’t suffered mental health issues as well because storms come for everyone.’
Bear’s TV work came under media scrutiny when people started to accuse him of sensationalising his programmes
Susanna said: ‘How do people who they think they should be strong cope? If people have a stereotype of how they think that strength should be.
‘So, they see someone like you who’s meant to be strong and think ‘we all have bad times and you can get through’- how do you claw your way out?’
In his recent BBC meeting the global megastar stated his coping mechanisms have been his Christian faith as well as praying every day – although he is not specifically religious – as well as regular exercise.
During the early days he regularly faced danger as well as narrowly escaped death 21 times.
And at the age of 23, he was the youngest people to have ever climbed Mount Everest.
But even with his career achievements he came under media scrutiny, with some viewers suggesting his survival programmes were sensationalised.
When Louis asked him about this type of criticism, Bear replied: ‘Some is unfair, some is justifiable, some I look back as well as made mistakes, you have obtained to maintain doing your task as long as you can.’