Britain’s Got Talent star Jonathan Goodwin shares inspiring message after stunt left him paralysed

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Britain’s Got Talent star Jonathan Goodwin has shared an inspiring message after a stunt that went wrong left him paralysed (Jonathan Goodwin / Instagram)
Britain’s Got Talent star Jonathan Goodwin has shared an inspiring message after a stunt that went wrong left him paralysed (Jonathan Goodwin / Instagram)

Former Britain’s Got Talent star Jonathan Goodwin has spoken about the importance of “moving forward” in an inspiring post shared to social media.

The retired escapologist was left paralysed after a stunt he was performing went horrifically wrong during a rehearsal for America’s Got Talent: Extreme last October.

Taking to Instagram Stories, he encouraged his followers to look for the positives when life throws you a curveball.

He wrote: “Take a breath... and make a new plan. When things go wrong... try not to panic. Take a minute... take a breath. Then work out how to move forward.”

Retired escapologist Jonathan Goodwin encouraged his followers to look for the positives when life throws you a curveball (Jonathan Goodwin / Instagram)
Retired escapologist Jonathan Goodwin encouraged his followers to look for the positives when life throws you a curveball (Jonathan Goodwin / Instagram)

He added: “I’m not saying things can never really be bad.. but sometimes it’s just that things aren’t fitting the plan we had in our head. Take a breath and make a new plan.”

Goodwin was crushed between two cars which caught on fire when he plunged 30 feet after he tried to escape from a straight jacket while hanging upside down.

He “nearly died twice”, his fiancée Amanda Abbington revealed.

Also Goodwin lost a kidney, broke both shoulder blades, shattered both legs, suffered third-degree burns, broke his spine and severed his spinal cord leaving him paralysed from the waist down.

Last week, he made a joint appearance with his actress fiancée Ms Abbington on ITV’s Lorraine.

During the daytime TV show, he told host Lorraine Kelly how he had told his other half she could leave him if she wanted to following his accident.

This provoked the emotional Sherlock star to break down in tears as she then told how rather than tear them apart, the incident had made them closer than ever.

She explained: “We are closer and tighter than ever. We just have this unspoken thing.”

The couple went on to reveal how they plan to say “yes” to everything going forward, including getting married later this year.

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