Sunday 24 March 2019

WATCH: Ireland's Jonathan Walters breaks down in powerful and emotional interview about the loss of his mother

Ireland's Jon Walters and (inset) he breaks down talking to BBC Radio 5
Ireland's Jon Walters and (inset) he breaks down talking to BBC Radio 5
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Jonathan Walters broke down in tears as he recalled hearing about the passing of his mother.

The Ireland striker was speaking to BBC Radio 5 on International Women's Day when he was overcome with emotion as he remembered when his father told him his mother "would not be around much longer".

He was just 11 years old at the time.

"I remember getting told, probably a week before, by my dad," said Walters.

"He just pulled us into a room and said 'look, your mum's not going to be around for much longer'.

"I took myself off and I probably would have cried for about six hours, seven hours."

At this stage, Walters broke down in tears in front of presenter Tony Livesey who himself lost his mother at the age of 13.

"I've got kids the same age as I was," added Walters.

"You worry for your kids now. You worry for your kids and how they're going to grow up and what they're going to deal with in their lives so yeah, how do you deal with it?"

Walters added that he does not talk about his mother's death regularly because it is not something he is asked about. 

"I lock it away. That's how I deal with it, I lock it away.

"I probably did from the day she passed away."

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