One of the strongest recruits on Channel 4 show SAS: Who Dares Wins has revealed a devastating secret tragedy: his 27-year-old wife killed herself less than a year ago.
In moving scenes to be shown on the show this Sunday, Mark Peart talks about how his wife Chelsey took her own life just months before he signed up to the show that recreates the SAS selection process.
He is brought into the interview room to face instructors and former special forces soldiers Ant Middleton and Jason Fox after showing the first sign of weakness on a task, and his explanation leaves them fighting back tears.
Mark, 32, says: “I lost my wife six months ago. She committed suicide.
“She was perfect in every single way. She was beautiful, she was funny, happy, honestly like the fairytale. But she just had these things that ate away on her – low self-esteem and anxieties.
“I’m still really lost with it, I don’t fully understand. I don’t think I ever will.”
In a statement read at Doncaster Coroner’s Court at Chelsey’s inquest, Mark said he was working a day shift at Manvers Fire Station on April 11 last year before he returned to find his wife’s body.
He said: “I arrived home at about 7.05pm and the house was in darkness. I discovered Chelsey hanging from a rope around her neck.”
The court heard she had “hopes of having a child” but that she had told a mental health worker that she felt like she was “stuck in a hamster wheel of everything”.
She was described as liked and respected by her peers, management, pupils and parents.
Mark, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, believes his late wife, who was described at the inquest as a perfectionist, was mentally ill so did not think like herself.
On the TV show he says: “I was the first person to find her when I got in from work. She hung herself. I know it just wasn’t her.
“With mental illness, people don’t believe that it’s out of their control. loved life, I know 100% it wasn’t her choice.
"Why didn’t she ring me that day, or just talk to me and tell me what was happening because I know iI could have talked her down.
A fellow SAS candidate who lost his brother in Afghanistan comforts Mark when he returns from the interview room in tears and the pair have a hug.
Mark says: “it is like physical pain you’re in. I feel like my heart’s like aching, all the time.”
Mark stands out from the other recruits because he consistently excels at notoriously punishing tasks, but also because of his uncanny likeness to Chief Instructor Ant Middleton.
When the two come face to face, Ant says: “Has anyone told you, you look like me, but less good looking and less sculptured?”
- SAS: Who Dares Wins airs on Channel 4 at 9pm on Sunday, January 27.
- If you need to speak to someone, Samaritans are available 24/7 by calling 116 123 or by emailing [email protected]
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