The former Made In Chelsea star credits late sibling Michael with helping him through a lot

Spencer Matthews has admitted that he finds it difficult to live up to the memory of his late brother who tragically died climbing Mount Everest.

Michael Matthews passed away aged just 23 after becoming the youngest person to reach the top of the mountain and Spencer opened up in an emotional discussion on a Loose Women & Men special today about the difficulties of following after him.

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‘He was such a brave young man,’ Spencer, 26, told his fellow panellists.

‘He’s a tough person to live up to.’

The former Made In Chelsea star clearly adored his older sibling and spoke movingly about how he has tried to keep his memory alive since his sad death in 1999.

‘When you lose someone, their memory lives on,’ Spencer explained. ’I lost my brother when I was 10.

‘He lives on. We celebrate his birthday every year.’

Spencer also revealed that thinking of Michael’s courage often helps him through tough times.

‘It’s always nice to think about them,’ the TV star said about losing a loved one. ‘You can find the strength to continue with something tricky.’

Losing Michael has clearly had a lasting impact on both Spencer and the rest of the family and he emotionally described how he continues to influence them in their day-to-day lives.

‘We treat every day as he would,’ he admitted. ‘We’ve all worked hard in our family. Mike was successful.

‘We just try every day to be more like him.’

It sounds like the tragedy also brought Spencer and the rest of his relatives even closer together.

Speaking about making his parents proud, the reality star said: ‘I’m fortunate to come from an extremely loving family.

‘My parents are unconditionally proud. They continue to stand behind me.’

The emotional chat and Spencer’s other contributions on the show alongside fellow ‘Loose Men’ Larry Lamb and Joe Swash seemed to go down well with Loose Women viewers.

‘@SpencerMatthews should be a regular on @loosewomen,’ one viewer wrote on Twitter, whilst another posted: ‘Loving @loosewomen with @larrylamb47 & @SpencerMatthews today! great panel today’

Anna Francis