Ant Middleton has recalled the moment he stole money from his own daughter’s piggy bank to buy a pint of milk.
Speaking on Eddie Hearne’s Podcast No Passion, No Point, the SAS: Who Dares Wins star, 40, opened up about his time in the military, coming out of prison, and turning his life around to become a household name.
During the podcast, the father-of-five told of the time he used his child’s pocket money to buy milk after being left skint following a stint in prison in 2013 – and credited it to the turning point in his life.
‘I remember when I got out of prison, I remember opening the fridge and literally having no milk for the kids and I had to get my daughter’s penny jar and smash it open and get all the 20 pences and all the 50 pences,’ said the former British soldier.
Ant Middleton (pictured), 40, revealed that the lowest point of his life came when he stole money from his daughter’s piggy bank to buy a pint of milk
The hardman shares Shyla, 12, Gabriel, 11, Priseis, four and Bligh, three, with his wife of nearly 14 years, Emilie, and an older son from a previous relationship (pictured)
‘I had to literally accumulate all those to get two pints of milk until I waited for my next pay cheque and I remember thinking “We can’t live like this, I’ve got so much to give.”‘
‘I was a special forces operator, I know I’ve got a resilient and robust mindset and unique way of thinking so this can never happen again.’
‘And then I went from that to writing my first book, more TV shows, more books, doing UK tours.
He continued: ‘I’ve had no money and now I have money and I know which side I’d rather be.’
The Mutiny captain previously sparked outrage for announcing he’s refusing to accept COVID-19 as a threat before the UK’s lockdown was introduced
The ex-Royal Marine-turned-reality TV star, who served a four-month prison stint for assaulting two police officers outside a nightclub in 2013, recalled the moment he found out he’d be behind bars.
‘I can just remember as soon as that hammer went down,’ he explained. ‘I remember this weight being lifted off my shoulders because I knew what I needed to do – I’ve got to do 14 months.
‘The worst moment is not being able to own a situation, I didn’t know if I was going to get one year, two years, five years. When you are in control you can take ownership.’
Ant also went on to discuss possibly the most ‘shameful’ experience of his life.
‘I remember the first roll call, standing by my door, shouting my number saying I was present, thinking I have gone from being an elite special forces operator to being a number in the nick and that was the most shameful experience of my life – my head hung with shame,’ he said.
‘I don’t mind being away from the family when I’m providing for them, when I’m putting food on the table, when I’m showing my children what work ethic is all about and I’m leading by example.
‘But when I’m a burden on them and I’m in there proving nothing to society or my family I vowed to myself I would never return to prison because of that shameful experience.’