SAS Who Dares Wins ex drug addict Esther cheated death in drink-drive car crash after leaving job at strip club

SAS: Who Dares Wins recruit and former drug addict Esther Whiting cheated death in a drink-drive smash after a night working in a strip club.

Esther, 28, had been performing in the adult venue in a bid to fund a costly tattoo apprenticeship and believes her drink was spiked while on the job.

The SAS hopeful, who was addicted to drugs and booze at the time, got behind the wheel of her car and ended up in a horror crash.

Medics feared she wouldn't survive the horrendous accident.

Thankfully, Esther did pull through and she was later charged with drink-driving, though she maintains she had not voluntarily drunk alcohol.

She went on to quit drugs and stripping and now remains focussed on living a healthy and positive life.

Esther – who first went off the rails as a teenager – has now revealed that she signed up to the new series of SAS Who Dares Wins to make her family proud.

"Having grown up feeling like I was the family disappointment due to the choices I had made in my life- being a stripper – I needed something that I could make myself and my family proud of," she said.

"I needed something to focus on. I have made many life choices but I wanted this to be something my family would be proud of."

The new series of SAS: Who Dares Wins kicks off this weekend and begins with 21 men and women, all hoping to make it through the gruelling selection process.

Ant Middleton and his fellow Directing Staff – Mark 'Billy' Billington, Jason 'Foxy' Fox and newest member, Melvyn Downes – believe it to be their toughest, most unforgiving selection course in the six-year history of the C4 show.

Esther, from Ascot, Berks, admits she found it far tougher than she had predicted.

She said: "It was nothing like I imagined – it was far worse – and a hundred times harder than they make it look on the TV.

"It was the most brutal thing I have ever experienced, but I am utterly grateful to be one of very few people that will ever experience this."

Her time on the show has also put her off the idea of ever joining the Special Forces if the opportunity was to arise.

When asked if she would be keen to sign up, Esther replied: "I’d love to say yes but that would be a lie!

"I have a lot of respect for anyone in the Special Forces or army, but I definitely am not cut out for that.

"There is no way I could of gone to the toilet in those shed style things."

SAS: Who Dares Wins, 9pm, C4, Sunday May 9, 2021.

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