Sue Barker’s pregnant mom drank gin and threw herself down the steps in an try and abort her, TV legend and has revealed
Sue Barker has revealed she was an unplanned child and that in a bid to terminate the being pregnant, her mom ‘drank loads of gin and bounced down the steps’.
On Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs right now, the previous British tennis champion, 66, says that her dad and mom had been in shock at having to offer for a 3rd youngster.
She provides: ‘My dad notably, he labored actually onerous, however that they had simply budgeted for 2 children they usually did not have some huge cash left over. Then, just a few months after my brother was born, abruptly my mum Betty was pregnant once more.
‘She apparently drank loads of gin and bounced down the steps one time. She at all times stated to me, ‘I did not need you. I really feel so dangerous about it.’ ‘
Regardless of her late mom’s confession, Barker, who grew up in Paignton, Devon, says she was extraordinarily near her dad and mom who supported her tennis profession regardless of their monetary worries.
CLOSE: Sue together with her mom Betty, who lived to 100 regardless of her way of life
She says: ‘My mum and I had probably the most fantastic relationship, despite the fact that they reduce corners, which is why I actually salute them in giving me my tennis profession as effectively. Even to purchase me a tennis racket was an enormous factor, as a result of when you have three kids you’ll be able to’t favour one.’
Barker additionally reveals that Betty lived to 100 regardless of paying little regard to her well being.
‘She wasn’t referred to as ‘Betty six gins’ for nothing,’ says Barker. ‘Each time the clock pinged as much as six o’clock, the gin and tonic would come out. But in addition all the pieces she ate was flawed. All the pieces was white bread, processed meats. No water, by no means drank water. She lived to 100, so possibly we’re all getting it flawed.’
Barker, the healthful host of BBC TV’s A Query Of Sport for twenty-four years, additionally reveals she was a tearaway at her convent faculty, and was typically a serious headache for the nuns, whom she likened to ‘penguins’ in posters.
Regardless of her late mom’s confession, Barker, who grew up in Paignton, Devon, says she was extraordinarily near her dad and mom who supported her tennis profession regardless of their monetary worries
‘We had been naughty,’ she says. ‘We went to a convent and I put up all these indicators about ‘down with penguins’. We eliminated the science room door and hid it and likewise the staffroom door and hid it. My dad and mom had been down in school typically.’
In 2020, the BBC confronted allegations of sexism and ageism when it axed Barker and her long-running captains Phil Tufnell and Matt Dawson from A Query Of Sport.
Barker says the trio of ‘greatest mates’ didn’t select to go away and it made her rethink her 30-year affiliation because the face of tennis on the BBC.
She provides: ‘I feel the best way it was dealt with made me suppose extra about Wimbledon and about why I then needed to stroll away alone phrases relatively than be pushed out the door.
‘To be taken right into a room after 24 years and be instructed we do not need you any extra, I simply want that they had dealt with the tip slightly higher.’
- Desert Island Discs is on BBC Radio 4 right now at 11am. It will likely be repeated on Friday at 9am
Barker additionally reveals that Betty lived to 100 regardless of paying little regard to her well being. Pictured: Sue on Desert Island Discs