SAS: Who Dares Wins star Ant Middleton has admitted he once stole money from his daughter’s piggy bank to pay to milk at the height of his money struggles.
This week Ant opened up about his personal battles after coming out of prison in 2013, and how he had to turn his life around after stealing his girl’s pocket money.
Speaking on Eddie Hearne’s No Passion, No Point BBC podcast, he recalled emerging back into the public with no money to his name.
Ant, who has five children, said: ‘I remember when I got out of prison, I remember opening the fridge and literally having no milk for the kids and I had to get my daughter’s penny jar and smash it open and get all the 20 pences and all the 50 pences.
‘I had to literally accumulate to get two pints of milk until I waited for my next paycheque and I remember thinking to myself “We can’t live like this, I’ve got so much to give”.’
He went on: ‘I was a special forces operator, I know I’ve got a robust and resilient mindset and unique way of thinking so this can never happen again.’
The former military man revealed he was inspired to change direction, and he chased other projects to dig himself out of the hole – landing a role as an instructor on SAS: Who Dares Wins which launched his career in the public eye.
He added: ‘I went from that to writing my first book, more TV shows, more books, doing UK tours, working 30-35 days back-to-back.
‘I’ve had no money and I now have money and I know which side I’d rather be. But the work ethic hasn’t changed.’
Ant has previously served four months in prison for assaulting two police officers outside a nightclub seven years ago, and he can still recall the moment his sentence was passed.
He told Eddie: ‘I can just remember as soon as that hammer went down.
‘I remember this weight being lifted off my shoulders because I knew what I needed to do – I’ve got to do 14 months.’
Ant, who said he was a ‘model prisoner’, continued: ‘The worst moment is not being able to own a situation…I didn’t know if I was going to get one year, two years, five years. When you are in control you can take ownership of that problem, of that situation, of that person. The problem is there to be solved.’
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