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This Morning’s money expert Martin Lewis was on the verge of tears today after an emotional interview with Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2. The star opened up about the tragic death of his mother in a hit and run accident, which led to the “end of his childhood”. 

Martin, 49, founded the website MoneySavingExpert.com and has since made numerous TV appearances giving the British public advice on how best to spend their cash. 

Taking to Twitter this afternoon, the star wrote: “I’ve kindly been invited by @BBCRadio2 @theJeremyVine to do ‘What Makes Us Human’, the brief for which is to come up with an essay on one unique element of humanity mixed with autobiographical elements. Hope it’s ok. On in a few minutes.”

After the show had wrapped, he then followed up with another tweet to his 1.2 million followers. 

“Ok, I didn’t know where that was going, but think it was ok, if it’s left me a bit shaken. Thank you for listening,” he wrote earnestly. 

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When Jeremy asked for Martin’s take on ‘What Makes Us Human’ during his BBC Radio 2 show, Martin described it as “the sharing of ideas and knowledge”. 

After an empowering monologue exploring the concept and discussing how he came to set up his first successful website, the two settled into a more in depth discussion of Martin’s life. 

First, the radio host played Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, a song which Martin had requested. 

The finance expert explained that, while he’s not a big music fan, the “two great loves” in his life are his wife and his daughter, who he likes to sing the duet with. 

After that, the conversation turned towards his own parents, which led to a heartbreaking revelation. 

While Martin said that he enjoyed a “most happy childhood”, he talked about the day when all that changed. 

“I lost my mum two days before I was 12 in a hit and run accident,” Martin shared, as his voice began to tremble. 

“And that was my childhood over, I had very difficult teen years. 

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“These days we’d call it post-traumatic stress, but we didn’t know at the time. 

“In those days I was just incredibly depressed and miserable and never left the house because I was scared something else would happen.

“We did what we could but we didn’t have counselling back then.”

Martin went on to admit that the only time he’d spoken about his mother’s death properly was when he became a patron of the charity Grief Encounter, finally venting his feelings about the ordeal for the very first time just five years ago. 

He went on to implore Jeremy not to ask about it further, for fear he’d “blub” and have to stop the interview. 

Back on Twitter, Martin’s followers had plenty of kind words to say, including Jeremy, who commented: “Thank-you. Beautiful words. And so self-aware.”

“Grief is such an overwhelming emotion. What a terrible interruption to your childhood. Do you think we do it better now or there is something in our culture that doesn’t allow us to truly survive grief?” asked ClaireLum. 

“I enjoyed listening to you Martin. Sorry you lost your mum at such a young age . Well done for making your life a success and helping lots of people,” wrote kondratiuk59.

Ali Jermy added: “You were brilliant Martin, thoroughly enjoyed listening to you today and so sorry to hear about you losing your Mam when you were so young. Well done to you for turning a tragic experience in your life into something positive.”

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