WILL Mellor has candidly opened up on his alcohol battle in "the hardest year" which saw his dad pass away from cancer – and him unable to say a final goodbye due to coronavirus restrictions.
The Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps actor, 44, previously hailed his father Bill his "hero" after his tragic death in April.
Bill had only been diagnosed two weeks prior, when doctors told him he had a cancerous mass on his lungs which had spread to his brain.
He dealt the devastating news to Broadchurch actor Will in a socially-distanced way due to the coronavirus pandemic, and he has now told new Magazine of the cruel circumstances: "When I found out it was cancer, I went and sat in his garden five metres away from him.
"I was talking to him, but I couldn't hug him.
"The last thing he said to me was, 'If I got hold of you I wouldn't be able to let you go'. He went two weeks later. He was 76."
Will went on to admit: "It was really tough. It's been the hardest year.
"My dad passed away in April so I was struggling with a lot of stuff. I probably drank more than I ate."
Yet the Bredbury-born star has taken charge of his booze comfort blanket, instead switching alcohol for an active session in the gym.
He added: "I was getting through lockdown with wine and beer, and then realised that wasn't a good idea, so I started to get into fitness."
Exercise may have been both a mental and physical break for the star during the tough initial lockdown period.
During the first UK lockdown, which started in March, Will posted a tearful video to his social media to inform his friends and followers of Bill's death.
Standing in his garden, a tearful Will began: "I’ve been going over and over in my head, whether I should even do this video.
"It seems right. My dad passed away three days ago.
"There’s a lot of people out there, I haven’t got their number so I can’t let them know.
"They’ve probably met my dad, I’ve been everywhere with him, we went everywhere together. That’s how close we was."
He continued: "It’s just the hardest time.
"It’s horrendous. What do you do when you lose your hero?’
"I also know there are a lot of people who are going through this out there.
"I just want you to know I feel your pain."
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