DR Alex George says he’ll “never get over” his brother’s death in a heartbreaking ITV interview that leaves viewers in tears.
The Love Island star, 30, opened up to Lorraine after his brother Llŷr, 20, died by suicide in July.
Dr Alex said he would “never get over” the grief while speaking about the “tremendous guilt” he felt over not being able to protect him.
He said: “It’s been the toughest time of my life imaginable. It’s something as a family that we never expected.
“We were so excited for Lyr to go to medical school. We were all looking forward to the future and the pandemic coming to an end.
“I was at a restaurant when I found out – eating with my friends. I had a phone call with my dad. I could tell something was wrong. I think the world came down.”
He added: “My life is before and after this. I’ll never get over it.”
“I felt tremendous guilt. I am his older brother, I’m supposed to protect him.”
His other younger brother ended up driving him home to Wales and he opened up about the toll it took on his own mental health.
The reality star continued: “We sat in silence for five hours, crying and shouting and letting out this anguish. I went in different parts of my mind on that journey – dark parts.”
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“We were so excited for him. He was a good little boy. He was like a mini me in a way. He liked science… and cars.
“Losing anyone in your life is very difficult and losing someone to mental health is even worse. “
He signed off with a message to the viewers, saying: “Please look after yourself and realise the importance of self-care.”
The emotional interview left Lorraine viewers in tears with people throwing their support behind the doctor.
One person said: “Fair play to Dr.Alex talking about his younger brother who he lost to Mental Health, there’s help out there if you’re struggling !”
Another added: “Alex George talking about his brothers death on Lorraine this morning has broken me”
A third remarked: “On the verge of tears at @lorraine oh Alex! You can see the pain in his face talking about his brother”
Dr Alex returned to social media last week after stepping away on August 23 to protect his mental health and to grieve his brother.
“Hi everyone – I am back,” he wrote. “Taking some reflective time offline these last few weeks was really important for me.
“I have been spending time with my family and friends, living in the present and trying to focus on the things that matter most.
“Working in A&E has also been a helpful focus, the love and support from my friends and colleagues has meant the world to me and I am thankful to them all.
“I’m sure there will be ups and downs to come but I am glad to be back on here – this community we have built together means a lot to me and I am grateful for you all. Let’s do this.”
The 30-year-old tragically announced his brother’s death in July. Alex said that the family had lost him to his battle with mental health.