Gail Porter reveals father died after filming documentary on her mental health

Gail Porter has shared the heartbreaking news her father passed away.

The 49-year-old shared the update on social media, explaining her dad sadly died after she made a documentary on her mental health, which originally aired in January.

Posting on social media overnight, Gail updated her fans after her BBC documentary Being Gail Porter – which covered her battle with depression and homelessness – aired for a second time on BBC.

Gail wrote on Twitter: ‘Since that documentary, my father passed away, I had him in his wee cremated box by me while I watched.

‘Hard but he had a great life xxx.’

She didn’t share any other details about her father’s death.


An outpouring of support was sent Gail’s way after her post, with fans sharing their love for the TV presenter as they reacted to both the sad news of her father’s death, while also praising her for being so open in the programme.

Reacting to the sweet love from fans, Gail had previously tweeted she was ‘totally fine’, and added: ‘Thank you for always tweeting and being lovely. Kindness is all we need.’

The star’s documentary charts her two decades of mental health problems, including her battles with depression, self-harm and anorexia.

Gail – who shares daughter, Honey, 17, with musician Dan Hipgrave – has been incredibly open about her past, after she suffered post-natal depression, hair-loss condition alopecia, and was also sectioned under the Mental Health Act in 2011.

After once presenting hit shows such as Top Of The Pops and Fully Booked in the 90s (and most famously helping FHM sell over a million copies after her naked image was projected onto the Houses of Parliament) by 2014 she was sleeping rough on a park bench.

Then in 2017 she was declared bankrupt after living on just £200 a month.

For the BBC programme, she travelled to her hometown of Edinburgh, where she spoke with friends, relatives, and medical professionals to ask why she has such extremes of emotion and how that can that explain her story.

Speaking to Lorraine about filming the documentary, she said: ‘It was much more tricky than I thought it was going to be… I learnt a lot and I felt better. I’m trying to get through emails and tweets and Instagram messages… there are just so many people it seems to have helped.

‘I have seen it once when I was doing the voiceover for it. And I did find it quite tricky. So I had to disappear a little bit and come back in and deal with it… I do cry an awful lot.’

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