SAS: Who Dares Wins star Ant Middleton has revealed he’s secretly terrified of small spaces.
The television hardman and former solider admitted his fear of lifts is so bad, it could even bring him “close to a panic attack”.
Speaking to Daily Star, Ant confessed: “I suffer from claustrophobia – not an ideal condition to have when you’re in the Special Forces.
“I’m OK in crowds, but could you put me into the boot of a car without me flipping out? No. Could I spend any meaningful time in a small caving tunnel? No.
“A small lift is enough to bring me close to a panic attack – those moments when you find yourself taking long, deliberate breaths to try to keep yourself calm.”
The 39-year-old added: “I hate the lack of control. When I get into those situations, I’m immediately looking for the exit route.
“If I enter a lift and I know I’m completely locked in, that’s when I say to myself, ‘F***, if something goes wrong, I’m going to have to prise those doors open. Breathe, breathe, breathe, breathe: whatever you do, don’t stop’.”
The TV instructor – who first appeared on the Channel 4 show in 2015 – recently quit as the Royal Navy’s Chief Cadet.
Ant only took up the mentoring role in November, but was forced to resign following a tweet on the Black Lives Matter movement.
Bosses were unhappy at the now-deleted post in which Ant appeared to criticise BLM, branding protesters “scum”.
He had earlier dismissed the Covid-19 pandemic.
A source close to Ant told The Sun: “He never thought he’d be given such a difficult choice.
“But he has decided to take matters into his own hands and step down. He’s gutted.”
In a recent interview, Ant vowed to keep speaking out about what he believes in.
He told us: “An honest voice is a good one and you have to be prepared to take the flak.
“The moment you go out there and think you are someone else, that’s when you start to lose yourself.
“Sometimes I get it wrong, but I would rather do that and learn as I go.”
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