Gordon Ramsay has opened up on the tragic loss he and his wife Tana suffered after losing their son Rocky just a few years ago in 2016.
In a new interview with PEOPLE, Ramsay spoke about the grief that his whole family went through after Tana suffered a miscarriage five months into the pregnancy, but also spoke of the ‘bond’ that the sad loss created within his family.
Speaking to the publication, Ramsay explained: “There’s no book that guides you through that loss, and so losing Rocky was really tough.
“Watching the trauma unfold, it’s this life-changing moment.”
Three years after the heartbreak of losing Rocky, Gordon and Tana welcomed another child into the world, a boy named Oscar.
The pair have five children together - Oscar, who is now four-years-old, as well as Megan, who is 25, 23-year-old twins Jack and Holly, and Matilda, 21.
Despite the crushing loss of Rocky before he was even born, Ramsay admits that the loss did eventually bring the family closer together as a unit, bonded by their bereavement.
He said: “We wouldn’t have had Oscar had we not lost Rocky.
“There was no substitute – far from it – but it brought us a bond that you’d never experience in a normal situation.”
Gordon and Tana met when she was just 18-years-old, and they married in 1996.
At the time, Tana was a Montessori school teacher and Ramsay was beginning to carve out a career for himself at the top table as a chef.
Now, Tana has a career as a TV presenter and cookery author.
Back in June, Tana paid a heartfelt tribute to Rocky in an Instagram post, writing: “A happy picture taken of us celebrating Meghan’s 18th, I was just under 20 weeks pregnant.
“Although it’s 7 years today, it still feels like yesterday. We all miss you everyday. We love you Rocky, forever in our hearts. I couldn’t do this without my family, you are all everything to me.”
In the interview with PEOPLE, Gordon reserved special praise for his wife’s resilience, with particular reference to how she overcame the devastating loss of Rocky.
He said: “That’s the power of Tana. Just watching the way that she dealt with it – and opened up with other friends and women in close proximity that could give advice – she was incredibly straight after that.”
He went on to explain how their children ‘get a lot of strength from their mum’ and added: “There’s a lot of things that Tana’s done, that we wouldn’t be here today without that strength.”
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