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Louis Theroux reveals he ‘lost his sh**’ with his children during lockdown

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Louis Theroux reveals he was unable to speak above a whisper for three days after ‘losing his s***’ with his children during a furious lockdown rant – and admits to ‘drinking his way through the pandemic’

  •  Louis Theroux said spending lockdown confined to his North London home saw him turn to ‘excessive drinking’
  • Softly spoken filmmaker remembers his children were ‘acting up’ as he juggled working from home and home-schooling
  • Says he screamed at them so loudly he feared he had ‘broken his vocal cords and would be unable to work again’

Louis Theroux has revealed the highs and lows he experienced spending lockdown confined to his North London home with his wife and three children.

The British presenter, 51, says spending every hour with his wife of nine years Nancy Strang and their three children Albert, 15, Frederick, 13, Walter, six, and unable to leave the house due to COVID regulations saw him turn to ‘excessive drinking’.

Speaking to the Mirror, the softly spoken filmmaker remembers his children were ‘acting up’ as he juggled working from home and home-schooling, and he screamed at them so loudly he feared he had ‘broken his vocal cords and would be unable to work again’.

Louis Theroux has revealed the highs and lows he experienced spending lockdown (seen) confined to his North London home with his wife and three children

Remembering how he was helping Walter with a malfunctioning school app, Louis said: ‘On one occasion the kids were just acting up and I just lost my sh*t royally and I found that for two or three days subsequently I couldn’t speak. I could whisper but that was it.

‘I thought I’d broken my vocal cords, and for a while I wondered whether I might never be able to be in broadcasting again.’

The presenter admitted that he realised during lockdown that he couldn’t always be ‘poised and reflective’, and is ‘just as rage-prone as everyone else’.

The British presenter, 51, says spending every hour with his wife of nine years Nancy Strang and their three children Albert, 15, Frederick, 13, Walter, six, and unable to leave the house due to COVID regulations saw him turn to 'excessive drinking'

 The British presenter, 51, says spending every hour with his wife of nine years Nancy Strang and their three children Albert, 15, Frederick, 13, Walter, six, and unable to leave the house due to COVID regulations saw him turn to ‘excessive drinking’

The father-of-three also joked that he would find himself drunk on a Monday, as the days ‘merged into one’ during the pandemic.

Explaining that his drinking had not ‘got away from him’ but he saw it as a ‘way of enjoyment’, he said:  ‘If you looked inside me you might notice the wear and tear on my liver due to excessive drinking in lockdown. I definitely drank my way through the pandemic, and I actually enjoyed drinking too much.’

In 2019 Louis, who married his long term TV producer partner Nancy in 2012, revealed she suffered two miscarriages before the ‘traumatic’ birth of their third child Walter.

Writing autobiography Gotta Get Theroux This, he wrote: ‘Getting to term [in her pregnancy] had been a trial, two had ended in miscarriage. There were tears on a weekend in Yosemite.’

Louis revealed that Nancy had spoken to him about having desires for other men, which made him realise he had been focusing on work rather than their marriage (seen in 2012)

Louis revealed that Nancy had spoken to him about having desires for other men, which made him realise he had been focusing on work rather than their marriage (seen in 2012)

Later, Louis revealed the trauma of Walter’s arrival which left the couple scarred, as he said: ‘When they raised the baby’s head, tiny, cross faced and smeared like a bagel in what looked like cream cheese and jam I glanced at Nancy…

‘I thought “we’re not doing this again”. He’d arrived after a harrowing – section one afternoon at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington…

‘Nancy looked half-dead afterwards, as pale as a vampire. The procedure had been delayed and delayed for various reasons. We felt like passengers whose flight kept getting cancelled…

Prior to discussing the arrival of Walter and their heartache, Louis revealed that Nancy had spoken to him about having desires for other men, which made him realise he had been focusing on work rather than their marriage.

He went on to propose to her on bended knee with a business card from a Hatton Garden jewellers after 10 years as a couple.

Louis was previously married to Susanna Kleeman from 1998 to 2001, however in the book he confirmed the marriage was one of convenience when she first moved to New York. The former couple met during his time at Oxford University.

The softly spoken filmmaker remembers his children were 'acting up' as he juggled working from home and home-schooling, and he screamed at them so loudly he feared he had 'broken his vocal cords and would be unable to work again'.

The softly spoken filmmaker remembers his children were ‘acting up’ as he juggled working from home and home-schooling, and he screamed at them so loudly he feared he had ‘broken his vocal cords and would be unable to work again’.

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