Republic of Ireland and Burnley footballer Jonathan Walters lost his mum when he was 11.
He told BBC Radio 5 live presenter Tony Livesey that he “put on a show” and told everyone he was fine.
“I put up a wall and I lock it away. I have since the day she passed away,” Walters said.
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