Monty Don, 70, opened up on how the depression that had blighted his life had also afflicted his father Denis.The Gardeners’ World presenter described his father as being a “frightening figure” and worried at times his dad would take his own life when he struggled through “deep depressive fits”.
Monty’s father had served in the armed forces and had previously “killed people”, although the garden expert shared that he was not an “aggressive” person by nature.
Monty explained: “He was an army heavyweight boxing champion and a commando and had been through the war.
“He had killed people. He was not in any way aggressive but it was a latent … He was a scary man.
“You didn’t mess with him and he had these deep depressive fits when he wouldn’t talk to anyone, “ he added to The Times.
It comes as Monty is still reeling from the loss of his beloved dog Nigel, who died aged 11, back in May this year.
The dog made regular appearances on BBC Two’s Gardeners’ World and even lent his name to Monty’s book Nigel: My Family and Other Dogs.
The star shared a photo of a terracotta pot on Instagram with a sentimental engraving.
It read: “Nigel 2008-2019,” along with a small picture of the dog.