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Gordon Ramsay Admits He Was 'A Mess' After Dropping Off Son At University

Gordon Ramsay Admits He Was 'A Mess' After Dropping Off Son At University

The TV chef broke down in the car after he'd dropped off son Jack at Exeter University last September

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman

We may know Gordon Ramsay as the all-shouting, all-swearing TV chef from the likes of Hell's Kitchen and Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, but there's still a soft side to the Scottish-born star - especially when it comes to his kids.

Ramsay with his family last Christmas.
Instagram/Gordon Ramsay

Ramsay and his wife Tana welcomed their fifth child, Oscar, earlier this year, having announced they'd be adding to their brood in an Instagram announcement on New Year's Day.

However, Ramsay's other kids aren't really children anymore, with first-born Megan now 21, twins Holly and Jack now 19 and third daughter Matilda aged 17.

Megan is due to graduate from Oxford Brookes University, while Holly is currently studying at Ravensbourne University in London - but Ramsay admitted it was when Jack went to Exeter University in September that hit him the hardest.

Holly and Jack after finding out their A Level results.
Instagram/Gordon Ramsay

In an interview with The Daily Mail, he said: "I took [Jack] there and came back on the M4. Sitting there in traffic, I was a mess, man.

"Suddenly my best mate wasn't there. I couldn't go on the bike with him, couldn't go for a swim.

"Thank God I've got tinted windows so no one could see how much of a mess I was."

Admitting he cried his eyes out - the only time in years, other than after Oscar's birth - Ramsay continued: "Tana just said: 'You'll be fine, he's coming back home next weekend.'

Ramsay with son Jack.
Instagram/Gordon Ramsay

"But that's not the point. Do you know the hardest thing? You look in the back seat of the car, and there's three seatbelts all empty. It kills you.

"It was a tough blow because I only had one son. The three girls are funny. They're glamorous, they're naughty and everything you want from a daughter. So respectful.

"But with their brother going, now I've got no one to have banter with. I've got no one to be me. I've got no one to flex my muscles or have a bit of fun with. So having Oscar has been a massive relief."

Tana, Gordon and Oscar Ramsay.
Instagram/Gordon Ramsay

Oscar's arrival came two years after the family tragically suffered a miscarriage - an experience that Ramsay has said was 'devastating', but also something that brought the household even closer.

"You realise how lucky you are and you reflect on what you have, how fortunate you are with your remaining children and you remind yourself of what you've got," Ramsay told the Daily Mail.

"It's made the family unit even tighter."

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Gordon Ramsay

Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity, Gordon Ramsay, UK Entertainment