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Grant Denyer  reveals the ‘horrific’ history that has made him vow to protect his daughters 

‘My whole purpose on earth is to make sure that they are safe’: Grant Denyer reveals the ‘horrific’ incident in his family history that has made him vow to protect his daughters


Grant Denyer has revealed that a ‘horrific’ incident in his past has led him to want to fiercely protect his wife and daughters. 

In an upcoming episode of the SBS show Who Do You Think You Are? the former game show host, 43, discovered a female relative had suffered ‘harrowing, heartbreaking’ domestic abuse, four generations back in his family. 

‘I’m so deeply aware that my whole purpose on earth is to make sure that they are safe and protected and they feel loved,’ he told Yahoo on Monday. 

Past: Grant Denyer reveals that a ‘horrific’ incident in his past has led him to want to fiercely protect his wife and daughters, which will feature in an upcoming episode of the SBS show Who Do You Think You Are? Pictured on the program

‘You want to be proud of who you are and be proud of your lineage but when you find someone who’s committed horrific acts, it makes it very hard to be proud of. 

‘It’s very hard not to feel responsible in some way but you can’t be responsible for the acts of your ancestors,’ he added.

Grant and his wife Chezzi have three daughters, Sailor, 10, Scout, 5, and Sunday, five months, and he becomes quite emotional in the SBS special, insisting that his girls are better than him in every way. 

Emotional: The former game show host, 43, discovered a female relative had suffered 'harrowing, heartbreaking' domestic abuse, four generations back in his family

Emotional: The former game show host, 43, discovered a female relative had suffered ‘harrowing, heartbreaking’ domestic abuse, four generations back in his family

Protector: 'I'm so deeply aware that my whole purpose on earth is to make sure that they are safe and protected and they feel loved,' he told Yahoo on Monday. Pictured with his daughters

Protector: ‘I’m so deeply aware that my whole purpose on earth is to make sure that they are safe and protected and they feel loved,’ he told Yahoo on Monday. Pictured with his daughters

The TV star recently discussed his highly-publicised painkiller addiction, which began after breaking his back during a freak monster truck accident in 2008. 

On Tuesday, he revisited the traumatic period as he announced he’s teamed up with the charity Carers Australia to help give advice to those who are caring for a loved one managing severe pain.

‘I’ve been open in the past about how awfully embarrassed I am about the crazy things I did and said while trying to navigate [opioids],’ Grant wrote in a post on Instagram.

Family: Grant and his wife Chezzi have three daughters, Sailor, 10, Scout, 5, and Sunday, five months, and he becomes quite emotional in the SBS special, insisting that his girls are better than him in every way. All pictured

Family: Grant and his wife Chezzi have three daughters, Sailor, 10, Scout, 5, and Sunday, five months, and he becomes quite emotional in the SBS special, insisting that his girls are better than him in every way. All pictured 

‘We can laugh about it now but the things I said to my gorgeous wife [Chezzi Denyer], who was trying her best to help me through a dark period, still haunts me. I couldn’t control my behaviour. 

‘Its tough on the patient and can be equally tough on the loved one caring for them. But with some good advice, she could make sense of things, even when I wasn’t making sense.’

 The monster truck crash left Grant with a vertebrae that was shattered in 11 pieces, and doctors feared he may never walk again.

However, the popular presenter made a remarkable recovery, triumphantly returning to TV screens and eventually winning a Gold Logie. 

Past: 'You want to be proud of who you are and be proud of your lineage but when you find someone who's committed horrific acts, it makes it very hard to be proud of' he said

Past: ‘You want to be proud of who you are and be proud of your lineage but when you find someone who’s committed horrific acts, it makes it very hard to be proud of’ he said 

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