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JLS star opens up on mental health battle and mum's devastating illness

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JLS star Oritsé Williams has opened up about his experience being a young carer after his mum was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) when he was just 12 years old.

With this week marking National Carers Week, Oritsé is now a Celebrity Ambassador of the MS Trust and is keen to raise awareness of the reality faced by young carers up and down the country. “I became an adult overnight.

It was tough at school, I was very misunderstood by teachers. I was tired and exhausted and would sometimes be labelled as a bad kid because I wasn’t able to meet all of the deadlines which was extremely unfair,” he tells OK!. “I had to pick my brother and sister up from school and we had to make sure that the household was functioning while also taking care of our mum.

We had to administer medication in the form of injections with no previous medical experience. But we had maximum effort and love and unity between us to do the very best that we could do for our mum.” As a result of the experience, the 37 year old says that himself and his siblings, Temi and Naomi, became closer than ever as they cared for their beloved mum, Sonia.

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