Chelcee Grimes recalls shocking moment her dad was shot while she was in the car with him at four years old

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Chelcee Grimes in Freeze the Fear. (Hungry Bear Media)
Chelcee Grimes shared a difficult story from her childhood in Freeze the Fear. (Hungry Bear Media)

Chelcee Grimes has opened up on her traumatic only memory of her father, telling how she watched him be shot while in the car with him aged just four.

The singer and footballer is currently starring in BBC One's Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof, where celebrities push their mental and physical boundaries using cold water therapy and have been discussing some of their struggles in life.

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In next week's episode, viewers will see 29-year-old Grimes speak about the only memory she has of her father, who died of a heart attack when she was five.

Talking about how she only learned to drive last year as she suffered from a fear of cars as a result of the incident, she says: "My dad, he got shot basically, but I was in the car with him.

Chelcee Grimes with Wim Hof. (Hungry Bear Media)
Chelcee Grimes has been taking on cold water therapy with Wim Hof. (Hungry Bear Media)

"Then he pushed me under the glove box and I remember looking up and seeing my mum and she was just throwing towels out the window because he was obviously bleeding, but she was just frozen and crying from the window throwing towels, it was mad."

The other celebrities gasp as she tells the dramatic story and adds that he died around a year later.

Grimes says: "It's the only memory I have (of him). But I wish I had just one good memory that I can see.

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"I close my eyes sometimes and really try and think about anything nice, I have pictures and we're on holiday, but I can't remember anything apart from that, but that's obviously trauma."

The celebrities sit around a campfire in Freeze the Fear. (Hungry Bear Media)
The celebrities sit around a campfire in Freeze the Fear. (Hungry Bear Media)

She goes on to talk about her tough childhood as her mum struggled with grief and says she thinks it contributed to her drinking a lot in her early 20s.

Grimes says: "I never had a base, I never felt safe, so I've never known what that's like and I think that's why I drank a lot."

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The celebrities have been facing their fears on the ice. (Hungry Bear Media)

However, as she talks about choosing to move on with her life, footballer Patrice Evra hugs her and says he can relate to her attitude.

Evra previously told the group about his own difficult childhood after losing his father, which included being sexually abused by his headteacher, selling drugs and begging outside of shops.

The episode also includes some hair-raising moments as the celebrities are challenged to do yoga on a narrow beam over a cliff edge, and swim under the ice.

Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof airs on Tuesday at 9pm on BBC One.

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