Sunday, February 15, 2015
Jim Dornan: "Son, I'm Very Proud of You"
And he has been a huge emotional support to his father Jim, who is battling leukaemia.
Jim revealed: “Jamie’s incredibly sensitive. If somebody’s hurting, he will hurt the most. Watching his mother die of pancreatic cancer over a year and a half made him a very soulful boy.”
Jamie was just 16 when his mum died. Soon afterwards, his four best friends were killed in a car crash. Speaking from his Belfast home Jim, a professor, said: “I was very honest while his mother was dying.
“We didn’t take away hope, but I knew time was limited. It made him very strong.
“Jamie’s first words when I told him I had leukaemia were, ‘You’re going to be OK dad, aren’t you?’ He gets on with things – a deep, thinking person.
“He and his then girlfriend gave me a present they’d made me together.
“It was a little blue and yellow ceramic plate that said ‘Hope’. That’s the colours of our favourite football team, Bangor Football Club.”
Jim, who lives with second wife Samina, added: “At first I was very afraid and ill. But Jamie flew home a lot, he’d fetch me to watch gigs with his band, Sons of Jim.”
Of Jamie’s childhood, he said: “He had a very outdoor life – a good Scout. When he was little his sisters used to dress him in their clothes and wheel him around in a doll’s pram. He grew out of that quickly!
“When he got Christian Grey, I flew to London and we had lunch with the whole family. I said, Son, I’m very proud of you.”