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Jamie Oliver details his struggle with dyslexia

‘It’s a constant battle’: Jamie Oliver details his struggle with dyslexia as he discusses his ‘frustrating and resentful’ childhood with the learning difficulty in lengthy post

  • The chef has struggled with Dyslexia and ADHD since his early childhood
  • Despite a tricky road, Jamie shard that he has ‘come to terms’ with not learning the same way as others – putting his resent towards school behind him 

Jamie Oliver took to Instagram on Sunday to discuss his ‘frustrating’ struggle with dyslexia in a lengthy post.

The chef, 47, has been battling the learning condition alongside ADHD since he was in primary school – often speaking out about his way of coping.

And talking to his 9.2M followers, the chef explained that he has ‘come to terms’ with not learning the same way as others – putting his resent towards school behind him.

Opening up: ‘It’s a constant battle’: Jamie Oliver has detailed his struggle with dyslexia in a new Instagram post

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects accurate and fluent word reading and spelling.

It can affect individuals of all intelligence levels and can result in poor or inconsistent spelling and writing – along with potential struggles following directions or being organised. 

Posting a carousel of lengthy text panels, Jamie detailed his battle, beginning: ‘Something i don’t really talk about much is the constant battle i have with words and reading…without question it is a love hate relationship.

Early years: The chef discussed his 'frustrating and resentful' childhood with the learning difficulty in lengthy post

Early years: The chef discussed his ‘frustrating and resentful’ childhood with the learning difficulty in lengthy post

What is Dyslexia?

  • Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects accurate and fluent word reading and spelling  
  • It can result in poor or inconsistent spelling and writing – along with potential struggles following directions or being organised
  • Children and adults of all intellectual abilities can be affected by dyslexia
  • People with dyslexia often have good skills in other areas, including creative thinking and problem solving

 Info from NHS.org

‘In the old days at school it made me very frustrated and resentful about school as an institution and over the years i’ve come to terms with not learning the same way as most people not as a failure but an opportunity. 

‘An opportunity to look at things very differently, i’m older enough now to have a little wisdom on my shoulders only gained by the way mainly through failures and learning from them and evolving and staying authentic o the original dream and trying again and again and I realise my grammar here is s**t.

‘I’m also using autocorrect which can get me in a lot of trouble sometimes but that’s my point… if you understand what i’m saying i’ve done my job’

Jamie continued to detail his struggle during school, admitting that getting info on paper was ‘almost impossible’ as he recalled ‘hating words and reading with a passion’.

The chef is known for his cookbooks, having released over 20 books of different styles of cooking and cuisines.

But admitting he has ‘never written a word’ of any of them, the TV personality wrote: ‘Here I am 46 years old, written 26 books apparently one of the most published authors on the planet ? No i’m not showing off i’m in as much shock as you are…but ive never ever physically written a word !! 

Books: The chef is known for his cookbooks, having released over 20 books of different styles of cooking and cuisines

Books: The chef is known for his cookbooks, having released over 20 books of different styles of cooking and cuisines

‘I used to write my books on a dictaphone then when I was eventually able to afford to employ an editor I would then dictate to them and that’s how I work it’s more complicated than that because i’m easily distracted and my working day has to be structured in a way that i’m kept invigorated and not allowed to get bored = fall asleep.’

‘But that’s within our gift to try and manage our time best for us to thrive and find what ever balance we are looking for right ?! when I show people around my office they often say what do all these people do? and I say they are really good at things i’m really bad at! and i’m bad at a lot of things…and this is all true.’

Jamie ended the long post by explaining his reasoning for opening up on the matter, explaining that ‘many of us are not brought up toembrace the currency of failure enough’.  

Unloading: Posting a carousel of lengthy text panels, Jamie detailed his battle

Unloading: Posting a carousel of lengthy text panels, Jamie detailed his battle

‘I believe that if our relationship around failure is managed properly, it is the key to a much happier, healthier future.If you personally struggle with anything, maybe look at it differently and take a different approach. 

‘Everyone struggles, everyone has a story that can be used to propel them forward or pull them back and i believe it’s how you choose to look at it that defines which path you take …you just need to find a way around it, do your thing and problem solve and please dream.’

Jamie has now healed his previously resenful relationship with his school days, concluding: ‘ Iwill sign off by saying I no longer am resentful about school – quite the opposite, I think that our teachers and our schools are our secret weapon!!

‘I think it’s more than time for an education revolution especially in times like this! We need to propagate and take real care of the seedlings ~ of the future and that will fruit all that we dream and crave for our diminishing economy

Accepting it: Jamie ended the long post by explaining his reasoning for opening up on the matter, explaining that 'many of us are not brought up toembrace the currency of failure enough'

Accepting it: Jamie ended the long post by explaining his reasoning for opening up on the matter, explaining that ‘many of us are not brought up toembrace the currency of failure enough’

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