Dancing on Ice star Regan Gascoigne has not always been as close to his famous dad as he is today.
The dancer and choreographer, 25, had a fractured upbringing due to dad Paul Gascoigne leaving home and battling his drink and drug demons.
The former England midfield left when Regan was just a baby – leaving him to be brought up by mum Sheryl along with older half-siblings Mason and Bianca.
When Regan was 12-years-old, he was interviewed as part of a Channel 4 documentary called ‘Surviving Gazza’ which aired in 2009.
And the former footballer was left fuming when he found out that his son had been allowed to take part.
In one alarming moment, young Regan said that his dad was ‘beyond help’ and wished he was not a part of their lives anymore.
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“He’s probably going to die soon. I don’t think there’s any point helping him. We’re wasting our time,” said a 12-year-old Regan.
“If I could wish, I would wish that he would go away from us.
“Everyone thinks he’s Gazza but because he’s the top player doesn’t mean he’s a good dad or a good person to be with, does it, really?”
The programme saw Regan, Bianca, Mason and Sheryl tracking down Gazza to a hotel in Portugal.
Gazza hit out at Channel 4 bosses and Sheryl for allowing the documentary to be made and for having his 12-year-old son be interviewed.
“It is beyond belief that a TV documentary has allowed an interview with a kid of 12 to be broadcast like this,” he said at the time.
“How can a 12-year-old understand the things I’ve gone through? He’s 12 for God’s sake.
“I don’t blame him one bit. He is my son and I love him and I always will.”
At the time a Channel 4 spokeswoman defended the documentary, saying: “It is an intimate portrait of the Gascoigne family as they struggle to cope with an alcoholic and mentally ill father and ex-husband.
“Filming took part during last summer and reveals the heartache, chaos and fear Sheryl and the children face everyday.
“The film was made with their full co-operation. The family have seen the final film and are happy with the way their story has been told.
“The family was also offered counselling throughout and after filming was finished.”
Some of Regan’s childhood weekends were spent at The Priory clinic, where the ex-England star underwent rehab for alcohol, drug and mental health issues.
Time has been a healer and Regan wants to focus on happier times, saying he is proud of his dad.
“The past is the past. He’s my dad, I’ll always love him and he’ll always love me no matter what,” he said.
And when it comes to Regan following in his dad’s chaotic footsteps, Paul has no worries, saying: “He’s got a good head on his shoulders. He won’t be like me.”
Emotional Gazza was left in tears last weekend when he watched his son take to the ice.
Regan scored an epic 33.5 points during the stunning routine – and presenter Phillip Schofield pointed out that his dad “was nearly in tears, he was loving it”.
Paul previously joked he’d liked to see his son fall on the ice – but he knows his son would style it out rather than get embarrassed.
“I’d quite like to see him do a Gemma Collins and fall over! But he’d probably turn that into the worm dance or something, he’d style it out rather than be embarrassed, but it would be funny!” he added.
Regan joked back: “I’ll just laugh if that happens. I’ll just smile and get back up and carry on, it’s all you can do, right?”
*Dancing on Ice airs tonight on ITV at 6pm
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