The youngest ever contestant to take part in SAS: Who Dares Wins is joining the brutal reality show to do his mother proud.
Dylan Kiss’s mother Michelle died after a terrorist detonated a bomb after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in 2017.
A piece of shrapnel hit her on the head in the foyer of the Manchester Arena, killing her instantly.
Michelle, 45, was collecting her daughter Milile from the show when the atrocity occurred.
Now, to pay tribute to his late mum, Dylan is putting himself through SAS: Who Dares Wins, in her honour.
Dylan has also raised £45,000 for a charity in his late mum's name.
Speaking to the Mirror, Dylan said: “She was my best mate and the key to our family.
“She was a role model mum and I am her protégé. I want to make her proud.”
Tragically, Dylan’s little sister Millie, then 13, witnessed what happened to their mother.
Dylan also said that he had a “funny feeling” on the night of the attack. He then checked social media and saw what had happened in Manchester.
He and his father then “raced down the motorway in his little Corsa” because they could not get through to Michelle on the phone.
We sprinted past the police barriers. My dad was running around, looking at random blonde women, shouting ‘Michelle’.
“The next thing, my little sister came out with a police officer. She ran over and gave me a hug and said: ‘I don’t think Mum is going to make it.’
“She knew straight away. I hugged her and we both walked out.
“I knew at that point that my mum was dead. I just knew.”
The family then had to endure a three-day wait to see if Michelle had made it because the hospitals were so busy. When they found out the news that she had died they were all together.
Dylan said he instantly “had to become a man” because his dad was “broken” and someone needed to look after Millie.
“You just have to adapt. I knew from that moment that I had to keep my head above water, I couldn’t start spiralling into despair. I remember the night Mum died in great detail, I was telepathically talking to her.
“I said, ‘I will make you proud, I know you are always watching me.’ I just had a feeling that she was.
“I have kept that mentality and I know I’m lucky to have that, it has definitely helped me through the weakest times in my life. I still have moments of weakness, I embrace them, I cry.
“It’s all part of a process, I try to just do my best and crack on.”
Dylan’s dad describes Michelle as his childhood sweetheart and the love of his life.
Tony, who met Michelle when they were just 15, says: “Michelle’s memory will always live on in all our hearts.
“I know the life skills she taught our children and the love she gave them in her life will live on in my children. I’m also sure Michelle’s love will endure and her blood will beat in the hearts of my children’s children too.”
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