‘I wanted to do something positive in his memory’: James Jordan shaves his hair live on Loose Women in honour of his father… just weeks after his tragic death from a brain tumour
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James Jordan shaved off his hair on Loose Women in honour of his father who passed away last month.
The former Strictly star, 43, got rid of his long locks with the help of wife and dance partner Ola, 38, and explained he didn’t want to cut it while his father Allan, who died from a brain tumour, was ill.
He took part in the challenge to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity live on air on Tuesday and admitted he was honoured to take part.
James explained that he wanted to do ‘something positive’ in memory of his father, and that the sadness from losing him ‘comes in waves’.
He said: ‘It’s been a month now and I say it kind of comes in waves, it’s extremely upsetting for my family.
‘The funeral is going to be next week on the 20th and I just wanted to try and do something positive from the whole thing in his memory.’
The ballroom dancer added that keeping his long tresses became a ‘superstition’ and that he didn’t want to cut it because he ‘thought something bad’ would happen.
Speaking to presenters Nadia Sawalha, Kaye Adams, Jane Moore and Penny Lancaster, he added: ‘It became a bit of a superstition that I kept my hair long all the time he was alive and doing well.
‘I didn’t want to cut my hair as I thought something bad was going to happen, so now I want to do it as a positive to raise awareness for brain rumours and the charity.
‘He was a great husband, dad grandfather, a daredevil unlike his son who became a dancer, he is my hero and I’m going to miss him every day.
‘What he went through at the end with my family was truly horrendous. It’s an experience I wouldn’t want anyone else to go through.’
He added: ‘I’m going to miss my hair!’
The couple’s one-year-old daughter Ella was less than impressed with her father’s new hairdo, as she appeared not to recognise him.
But she quickly came round and brought James a cake out to celebrate his 43rd birthday while on air.
Earlier this month, James returned to social media following the death of his father and shared an emotional video saying he was ‘totally devastated’ by the loss.
He revealed he had previously tried to post a video but was ‘too emotional’.
James said: ‘I haven’t been on social media for quite a long time now because my father unfortunately passed away on 13 March at 8.05am.
‘I’ve been totally devastated. I did try and do this post before, but I wasn’t able to because I was too upset.’
James added: ‘This could potentially change your life or someone in your family’s.
‘My dad had a stage four brain tumour – a glioblastoma. He was diagnosed approximately one year ago and myself and my family watched him slowly disappear.
‘It’s an absolutely horrendous horrendous disease. Cancer is awful no matter which cancer it is but brain tumour in particular takes away that person’s identity a lot.
‘Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer in children and adults under 40. Out of £600million raised in the UK, less than three per cent goes to brain tumour funding for treatments.
‘I want to change that because I don’t want any of you guys to go through what I and my family went through.’