My Secret Life: Jeremy Kyle, chat show host, 44


My parents were ... everything to me. They sacrificed so much for my education and together they showed me each and every day what it takes to be a proper, respectful and decent human being.

The house I grew up in ... was number 163 St Saviour's Road in Coley Park, Reading. I was actually born in the front bedroom while my dad sat on the wall outside, feeling sick. Twenty minutes after my mother gave birth, she went downstairs and made my old man a cup of tea.

When I was a child I wanted to be ... as effortlessly talented as my brother and free of the crippling shyness that enveloped me during my early years at school.

If I could change one thing about myself ... I would try to make myself more erudite. I'm an intelligent man but I don't feel I articulate or get that across nearly enough, especially in social situations.

You wouldn't know it but I'm very good at ... golf, and taking a good telling off.

You may not know it but I'm no good at ... wearing underwear. I can't bear it and have done without it for 20 years.

At night I dream of ... the moment when my three young kids will finally sleep through the night.

What I see when I look in the mirror ... A sea of broken teeth that resemble a bag of smashed crockery.

My favourite item of clothing ... is a blue Dolce & Gabbana overcoat.

I drive ... When I'm at home, a Mini. It is ideal to get myself in and out of London, and perfect for nipping about anywhere else around where I live.

My house is ... my sanctuary, despite it frequently being full of all manner of madness: three beautiful, screaming children chief among them.

My favourite work of art ... I have a painting in my study of Ascot Racecourse, bought for me by my wife. I can stare at that for hours, frequently to the detriment of the work I should actually be doing in there.

My favourite building ... is Buckingham Palace. Driving up The Mall and seeing that place loom large in the distance; I love it as architecture, and as a symbol for our nation.

A book that changed me was ... 'The Ofcom Broadcasting Code'.

Movie heaven ... Any rom-com, provided my wife is there with a tub of Haagen-Dazs. No man points scored there.

The last album I bought ... was Blondie's 'Parallel Lines', in 1978. I even had her on my wall back then. Nowadays, downloading albums and even the most basic functions of PC literacy remain way beyond me.

My secret crush ... Back in the day it was Pamela Ewing, aka Victoria Principal, from 'Dallas': the perfect body, even before the advent of plastic surgery.

My greatest regret ... is my golf swing. And my height. And the size of my ears. And nose...

My real-life villain ... is the tax man.

The last time I cried ... was whenever 'Dance With My Father' by Luther Vandross last came on the radio. Follow that with Bette Midler's 'Hero' and I'm stuffed.

My five-year plan ... is to hopefully still be working, and if that is not possible, to have got out on my own terms.

What's the point? Survival. Beyond that, enjoyment – and not wasting a single moment – of life.My life in six words ... Carla, Hatty, Alice, Ava, Henry Kyle.

A life in brief

Born on 7 July, 1965 in Reading, Jeremy Kyle started his broadcasting career on local radio, before making his name in 2005 as the controversial host of ITV's The Jeremy Kyle Show. He is married for the second time to the former model, Carla Germaine, and the couple have three children together. Jeremy's latest book, You Couldn't Make It Up, is published by Hodder and Stoughton, £16.99

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: Office Manager

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Have you been doing a brilliant job in an admi...

Surrey County Council: Senior Project Officer (Fixed Term to Feb 2019)

£26,498 - £31,556: Surrey County Council: We are looking for an outgoing, conf...

Recruitment Genius: Interim Head of HR

£50000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you an innovative, senior H...

Recruitment Genius: Human Resources and Payroll Administrator

£20000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client, a very well respect...

Day In a Page

Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn