Queer Eye is set to tackle their first ever hero with disabilities makeover on season four – and Bobby Berk has warned us it’s going to be an emotional one.
The decorating specialist of the Fab Five spoke to Metro.co.uk about what lies in store for the new episodes, which are set to drop on Netflix on 19 July.
Naturally, he’s warned everyone to have their tissues at the ready – with the second episode of the season tackling the effects of gun crime with a man who was left paralysed after being shot.
Explaining how they help him, he told us: ‘We help our first hero with disabilities, in a wheelchair. It was a very special episode for me, not only because I connected with him, because he was one of the most amazing, inspiring, awesome men you’ll ever meet.’
Wesley Hamilton was 24 when he was heavily caught up in gang culture when he was shot repeatedly.
As a result, he turned his life around and started a charity focusing on enabling for those living in wheelchairs.
However, Bobby’s mission to redecorate his home came with its own set of issues, as the house had not been renovated to accommodate Wesley’s wheelchair, such as his washing machine being downstairs, and cupboards in the kitchen being too high to reach.
As a result, Bobby and his team of designers had their first ever two-week remodel, and the results are something Bobby called his proudest yet.
‘I took his home from really not working for him at all, to almost being fully able and compliant where he didn’t need anyone to do anything at this house,’ he explained.
‘He could fully live in his house without [help]. He had this beautiful nine-year-old daughter who would end up getting stuff for him from up high, and now she doesn’t have to take care of her dad now. He’s fully self-sufficient.’
With the redesign, Bobby realised that even the most taken for granted house appliances and day-to-day routines would have to be altered to allow Wesley to use it.
As an example, he explained: ‘Take bathroom mirrors. They’re flat on a wall right? People in wheelchairs can’t see themselves in a mirror, because it’s too high on the wall. So you put the mirror at an angle’
‘The moment that he wheeled into his bathroom and saw himself in the mirror for the first time ever in his house, it was just like, [I] broke down and started crying,’ Bobby added.
‘It’s little things like that that we take for granted.’
The upcoming series of Queer Eye is the team’s most personal yet, with their chosen heroes having closer connection to the Fab Five.
Jonathan Van Ness, the team’s hair pro, will be returning to his high school for a special makeover, while in another, Antoni Porowski finds himself attached to someone who reminds him of his mother.
Basically, it’s a blub fest all round – and it’s going to be something special.
Queer Eye Season 4 launches 19 July on Netflix.
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