PUBLISHED: 21:33, Sun, Sep 13, 2020 | UPDATED: 21:36, Sun, Sep 13, 2020
SAS: Who Dares Wins star Ant Middleton, 39, who recently quit as one of Royal Navy's Chief Cadet, has opened up about suffering from claustrophobia which he says isn't an "ideal condition" for a former soldier to have. The Channel 4 personality spoke out in a new interview about how he will "immediately" look for the exit route when in a tight, enclosed space.
I’m immediately looking for the exit route
Ant, who first appeared on the show in 2015, began: "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."
He continued: "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.”
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Ant Middleton addresses panic attacks from health condition (Image: PA)
Ant Middleton talks about suffering from claustrophobia (Image: pa)
The father-of-five, who is married to his wife Emilie, went on to describe how he feels when in the terrifying situation.
"I hate the lack of control," he added.
"When I get into those situations, I’m immediately looking for the exit route."
Ant explained further in an interview with the Daily Star: "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.