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The champion of champions Pål André received a shock message: “Your little brother has been shot”

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The champion of champions Pål André received a shock message: “Your little brother has been shot”

The voice of Pål André Helland (33) is clear and distinct. The former star player for Rosenborg, Hødd and Lillestrøm has a lot of exciting stories to tell from a career with both cup gold, league championships and international matches. It’s been a lot of fun for the “Champion of Champions” contestant – known for his good humor and witty comments.

– I’m probably too kind a mother!

But outside the football pitch, life has not only offered joy for Pål André and his family at Kyrksæterøra.

For many years they fought a tough battle to save the meritorious footballer’s little brother from hopelessness. For Jan-Hallvard Helland (31), for many years he was stuck in the grip of substance abuse – without the ability to break free. It has been tough times.

THAT TIME: In their younger days, Pål and Jan-Hallvard played together on KIL/Hemne’s mini-putting team. Little did Pål André know at the time that his little brother would end up as a heavy drug addict a few years later. Photo: Private Show more

Dreaded phone

In this interview with Se og Hør, the two brothers tell from each their own point of view how the intoxication affected both Jan-Hallvard’s and the rest of the family’s lives. They have also appeared in TV 2’s “Vårt lille land” in the past.


Because at one point the little brother’s drug abuse got so bad that Pål André built up a scenario in his head: One day there would be a phone call saying that the little brother had died.

CARE: Pål André looks after his two-year-younger brother. – He has always been a boon in my life – someone who has always welcomed me with open arms, says Jan-Hallvard. Photo: Private Show more

– It felt hopeless at times, and I was prepared for the worst. I had been involved in organizing search operations for Jan-Hallvard when he disappeared for us at times. We didn’t know what had happened to him. It was so damned for a while that the idea of ​​receiving a death message felt realistic, he says honestly to Se og Hør.

– A new perspective on life

In his home village of Kyrk-sæterøra – 11 miles southwest of Trondheim, Jan-Hallvard ended up in the wrong environment early on. The young boy with ADHD is only 11–12 years old when his mother finds him drunk for the first time. Only one year later he tries drugs. The vicious spiral is underway.

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When he finishes secondary school, he is also diagnosed with dyslexia. The writing difficulties had already ruined much of his schooling. In the years to come, drug abuse and the criminal race course will go hand in hand.

BROTHERS IN THE BLOOD: Pål André has always stood up to help little brother Jan-Hallvard in his struggle to get out of the drug environment. Photo: Private Show more

– Shame on me

– There was one thing you wanted – and that was fabric. If you don’t have money – then you become a criminal. Then you commit an offense in order to get money to be able to buy what you need. That’s how the days – and the years – went by. I was ashamed of what I was doing and how I was, because I knew it didn’t turn out well in terms of where my brother was, says Jan-Hallvard to Se og Hør – referring to Pål André’s football career which took off in Rosenborg.

Football’s paths lead Pål André to Ulsteinvik in 2012.

TWO WORLDS: When Pål André won the cup final in 2012 with Hødd, he experienced his greatest moment on the football pitch until then. In the stands was his little brother Jan-Hallvard – intoxicated and in a dark place in his life. Photo: Olav Olsen Show more

The contract with Rosenborg had expired and via Byåsen he had now ended up in Western Norway. A few hours before Hødd is to play away to Mjøndalen in the 1st division in the autumn, Pål André gets the phone call he was dreading. The father says that Jan-Hallvard has been shot in the back – but he is alive.

At the hospital in Trondheim, it turns out that the bullet has hit one and a half centimeters from the spinal cord and two centimeters from the heart. Pål André was shaken.

– It cost me a lot

– I was terrified. This is just so distant and difficult to understand for the rest of us – who haven’t been there and had a gun pointed at us. Because it is so brutal in some environments…

Jan-Hallvard tells Se og Hør that he left the hospital as soon as the doctors had operated on the bullet.

– Of course I would have been there longer. But I had other plans… he says – and adds that he has cared little about the incident afterwards.

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FULL CONTROL: Jan-Hallvard top left – while Pål André has control over Ole-Jakob and Håkon-Magnus. Photo: Private Show more

The turning point

Later that autumn, little Hødd from Ulsteinvik reached the cup final itself at the Ullevaal stadium. King Harald is in place.

The monarch learns how the playful Trønder excels in the match, where Hødd beats Tromsø. While Pål André enjoys the moment in his career – Jan-Hallvard stands with his family in the stands. He is intoxicated and in his own darkness.

– Was left in a cardboard box

Some time later comes the turning point. The police find him severely impaired in a toilet in Trondheim after taking drugs.

– It was perhaps there that I had an epiphany that I had to toughen up. Then I was at the bottom. Previously, I had gone in and out of rehab because mum and dad wanted it. But when you do things because others want it, it doesn’t help. You have to want it yourself, he points out to Se og Hør.

STRONG TOGETHER: At home in their childhood home at Kyrksæterøra, all four Helland brothers are together: Håkon-Magnus (25), Ole-Jakob (23), Pål André and Jan-Hallvard. – We are all four very different boys, and I think that’s great. If everyone were the same, it would be a terribly boring everyday life, says elder Pål André – about his siblings, whom he is so fond of. Photo: Privat Show more

Jan-Hallvard makes the decision that will turn out to chart a new course in his life. He chooses to leave his home and to a place far into the forest. Here he lives completely alone and is involved in logging from early morning until late at night.

He works and struggles – and slowly but surely the drug withdrawal disappears. He carries out this fight against addiction all by himself without outside help. The 31-year-old eventually chooses to hire large fishing boats that operate in the Barents Sea and the Atlantic. It is hard work and Jan-Hallvard is not unlike his own grandfather – a worker of rank. Jan Hallvard wants to prove that he can do it.

– My life was very bad

Self-discipline at a high level

When Se og Hør talks to Jan-Hallvard now, he is in Stavanger where he attends the Norwegian Drill Academy.

The wish is to get out to work on a platform in the North Sea. The course he started in January is a one-year course, but the plan is to finish already in the summer! He reads and does homework every day of the week. In bed at nine, and up at five or six. It is a strict study regime.

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BROTHER FOLLOWS EXCITEDLY: Every Friday evening, Jan-Hallvard puts the course books away for a while. Then he follows along on TV to see how it goes with Pål Andre in “The champion of masters – who here fights against Anders Aukland (tv) and Ole-Kristian Bryhn. Photo: Alice Asplund Show more

Jan-Hallvard, who throughout his life has struggled with reading difficulties and found school a burden – has no doubt: He will be able to do this!

He especially wants to thank two people in his home village for getting his life back on track:

Opens up about the tough times

– GP and fellow human being Jon Strandheim, and masseuse Berit Støen, have both always listened to me when I confided in myself. I have always struggled to open up to people. But these have seen all of me, he says.

Big brother Pål André is full of admiration for his little brother’s journey.

THE WOMAN IN HIS LIFE: After a few years in Lillestrøm, the parents of two children Pål André and his partner Linn Lyngmo have returned to Trondheim. In Trøndelag, the former national team player is part of the coaching staff of the OBOS club Ranheim – in addition to the commentary job for Viasat. Photo: Andreas Fadum / Se og Hør Show more

– That Jan-Hallvard managed to turn his life around – considering how dark and gloomy it looked – you might be a little surprised by that. But he has always had a will to stand his ground and was extremely determined to implement something once he has made a decision. The contrasts are enormous from where he was – to where he is now. It is simply impressive, he says, and adds:

– This openness is also important. If we manage to save or motivate someone away from substance abuse by sharing our and Jan-Hallvard’s story – then it’s worth it!

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