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Dad’s suicide and brother’s devastating psychological well being battle – the tragic story of Strictly star Ashley Robert’s household


SHE’S the smiling star of this 12 months’s Strictly Come Dancing – however behind Ashley Roberts’ glittering success lies years of hidden household heartache.

Over the previous decade the previous Pussycat Doll has needed to cope with her brother’s prison behaviour, her father’s well being issues and varied household monetary woes – culminating in her dad’s tragic suicide earlier this 12 months.

Strictly star Ashley has been wowing audiences together with her performances on the present

The 37-year-old spoke of her grief at dropping her father Pat Roberts again in April, saying how she’s been filled with ache and confusion since studying the previous drummer for the The Mamas & The Papas took his personal life.

Ashley – who dances in tonight’s semi-final with associate Pasha Kovalev – additionally revealed how her youthful brother Jayce Roberts, 32, has spent years battling psychological sickness.

His situation brought about him to rack up an intensive rap sheet and jail time.

Now heartbreaking post-mortem data launched by authorities to Solar On-line reveal harrowing particulars about her dad Pat’s suicide. 

The 68-year-old, who as soon as loved enormous fame and success within the 60s, was discovered lifeless at his dwelling in Arizona in March, the report stated.

Ashley is likely one of the favourites to win the dance competitors

Checks revealed he had alcohol in his system on the time of his dying, in accordance with the paperwork.

“In accordance with the investigative historical past, as obtainable to me, the decedent was discovered inside his residence…The way of dying is suicide.” Maricopa Medical Examiner Lesley Wallis writes within the report. 

Within the years after leaving The Mamas & The Papas, Pat had arrange a used automotive enterprise however was plagued with monetary difficulties together with psychological and bodily well being issues.

In 2005, Pat, who was divorced from Ashley’s mum Peggy, filed for chapter after his enterprise failed.

Sources on the time revealed how Pat’s spending outdid his earnings and his chapter “hit the household onerous”.

Then in 2009, Pat was accused of defrauding traders in a agency he owed and compelled to pay $190,000 – round £149,000 – leaving him bust as soon as once more.  

Ashley posted this heartbreaking throwback snap of her and her dad having fun with a enjoyable day on the seaside

However regardless of his difficulties Ashley, who was very near her dad, revealed she was nonetheless in full shock over this dying.

In April, grief-stricken Ashley posted a loving childhood snap of her and her dad hugging on the seaside on Instagram and wrote: “With nice unhappiness in my coronary heart, I wished to share with you that on the 19th of March – after a protracted battle of bodily and psychological heath – my father took his personal life.

“The previous 3.5 weeks I’ve been in a state of shock, confusion, questioning, ache so deep in my guts it’s been onerous to come back up for air.

“Feeling like I don’t know the best way to transfer ahead from right here. What am I speculated to do with all this?”

Ashley, who’s paired with dancer Pasha Kovalev, 38, on Strictly, added: “For now, I sit right here with this ache – Inviting it ALL in. To show me, to heal me, to rebuild me.”

And initially of her Strictly journey, she informed The Solar how she believed her dad was “together with her” on the dance ground as she carried out on the BBC present.

“It’s been a extremely robust 12 months and I do know my dad could be tremendous happy with me,” she stated.

“I take into consideration him once I’m dancing, and naturally he’s with me on that dance ground.”

Ashley’s brother Jayce pictured on this mugshot has battled psychological well being points for years

Ashley’s brother Jayce, who has schizophrenia, was additionally massively impacted by the tragedy.

In accordance with courtroom data, dad Pat served as Jayce’s “appointed guardian” following years of psychological well being points and brushes with the regulation. 

Prison data present Jayce, additionally from Arizona, had been arrested over 20 occasions from 2005 onwards for quite a lot of offenses together with indecent publicity, failure to look in courtroom and intimidating a witness.

In 2008 he pleaded responsible to “2nd Diploma Trespass” then in 2010 he pleaded responsible to a cost of “Assault- Touched to Injure,” and hung out in Maricopa County Jail, in accordance with data.

His prison historical past spans till 2011 when he started court-ordered psychological well being remedy. A few of his offenses had been dismissed by the courts on account of his psychological sickness.

Troubled Jayce then grew to become a ward of his father’s – and Maricopa County courtroom data, obtained by Solar On-line, listing years of emergency hearings, compliance hearings and guardianship orders regarding Jayce’s well being and remedy. 

Simply two months after his father’s dying, Jayce seems to have missed a courtroom listening to, in accordance with data. 

Courageous Ashley has handled years of household heartbreak

It’s unclear who’s presently serving as Jayce’s guardian however a medical report was submitted to courtroom in Arizona this week. 

Heartbroken Ashley, spoke about her youthful brother to the Sunday Individuals again in 2013.

“My brother’s not properly,” she stated.

“He’s been affected by schizophrenia since he was a young person.

“He’s residing in a care dwelling now and I speak to him once I can.”

She added that it had taken a very long time for Jayce to get the assistance he wants 

“It’s a tough system in America and it took years for the system to lastly take him on.

“However now he’s in a great place and getting the sort of care he wants.

“Sure, he’s been to jail and it was onerous to get folks to do the suitable factor to get him the suitable assist.”

Ashley broke down in tears final week after discovering out she could be within the dance off for the second time

“However now he’s in a great place and getting the sort of care he wants.

“Sure, he’s been to jail and it was onerous to get folks to do the suitable factor to get him the suitable assist.”

Ashley has wowed judges together with her performances on the present however has come underneath hearth from followers for her earlier dance expertise.

Regardless of topping the leaderboard in earlier weeks, she was left in tears final Saturday after ending up within the backside two for the second time.

Many viewers really feel she has an unfair benefit due to her dance expertise with the Pussycat Dolls, though Ashley has at all times insisted ballroom dancing was “overseas” to her.



And regardless of the criticism, Ashley has vowed to “do the perfect” she will be able to, saying, “I simply care, we work onerous and I actually need to be right here.”

Members of Ashley’s prolonged household and a lawyer for Jayce Roberts declined to remark. 

Solar On-line has additionally reached out to a consultant for Ashley.

In case you are affected by any of the problems raised on this article, please name the Samaritans on (free) 116123 or 020 7734 2800. 


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