Bear Grylls: I should've died 21 times

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  • Bear Grylls
    Bear Grylls
    British scout, adventurer, writer and television presenter
Bear Grylls: I've escaped death 21 times credit:Bang Showbiz
Bear Grylls: I've escaped death 21 times credit:Bang Showbiz

Bear Grylls has claimed he's escaped death 21 times while filming.

The TV adventurer - who is known for his survival shows 'Man vs. Wild', 'Running Wild with Bear Grylls' and 'The Island with Bear Grylls', to name a few - has admitted he's not "proud" of the number of times he's nearly lost his life in the name of entertainment.

According to the Daily Star newspaper, he said: "I can count a solid 21 times I should’ve died during the early episodes of our TV shows.

"Not a number I’m proud of, but in the early days we didn’t know any better.

"Bitten by snakes, falling down crevasses, pinned in rapids, avalanches, rockfalls, that time in the Costa Rican jungle I thought it was a good idea to use a vine to rappel down a 100ft waterfall.

"That vine wasn't as strong as I anticipated!

"It all taught me the simple lesson: don't be an idiot and always be grateful for life."

And the 47-year-old star admitted the chances of him getting in serious danger are "ever-increasing".

In his new tome 'Never Give Up', he said: "One factor becoming ever clearer is that, however good we try and make our TV shows, they will always be limited in the number of episodes we can produce and the ever-increasing odds in terms of danger.

"I will get older and the odds of injury will increase."

Meanwhile, the former SAS serviceman previously admitted that despite his hard man exterior, he has an emotional side and he sought counselling during a particularly tough time which involved the deaths of both his and his wife Shara's fathers.

Asked if he's ever sought psychological help, he said in 2019: "Yes I have. I saw a therapist for a while, but it was nothing to do with the army. It was just life hitting me hard.

"Shara and I married in 2000. I didn't really have a job - and that was a worry - and then her father died. Twelve weeks later my father died. We were living on this rusty barge on the Thames and the boiler was broken. I really felt overwhelmed. I couldn't talk to Shara because I felt I had to be strong for her.

"My feeling was, 'Bear, you've been very lucky through childhood, but now life has taken the gloves off. You've got no job, your wife is in a bad way, you're in a bad way, what are you going to do?' "

But Bear insists the difficult times have helped his marriage, and he urges his fans to realise that no man is without "doubts or fears".

He said: "I went to see this very good therapist and it really helped. For a young couple a shared crisis can really make or break you. It certainly made us. And whatever you see on TV, no man doesn't have doubts or fears. No man ever has everything totally sorted."

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