Sue Barker requested Cliff Richard to cease ‘harping on’ about her: ‘Not respectful’

Sue Barker has lifted the lid on the reality behind her temporary time relationship . The previous skilled tennis participant met the We Don’t Speak Anymore singer after he obtained in contact together with her. Though the pair had “loads of enjoyable”, Ms Barker has admitted she was warned in opposition to Mr Richard by each her dad and mom and her good friend. In an excerpt of her e-book, Calling the Photographs: My Autobiography, which appeared on , Ms Barker stated her dad and mom have been “cautious” of the 16-year age distinction.

Ms Barker stated: “I’ve to say being in Cliff’s firm was loads of enjoyable. He obtained on properly with my household and associates.“They have been all impressed by his behaviour with followers — he by no means flinched when he was approached in public, and was at all times completely satisfied to do a personalised autograph.”My dad and mom, nonetheless, have been cautious. They didn’t just like the age distinction of 16 years — I used to be 25, Cliff was 41 — and Dad warned me it might turn into an issue as we obtained older.”

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After just a few months they’d seen much less and fewer of one another, after which Mrs Barker stated Mr Richard abruptly broke it off together with her – by getting certainly one of his associates to dump her over the cellphone.

Sue Barker and Cliff Richard together

Sue Barker stated she grew pissed off with Cliff Richard (Picture: GETTY)

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Sue Barker and Cliff Richard dated for a short while (Picture: GETTY)

The 66-year-old recalled: “I flew again to the States, upset and offended.

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“Through the previous 5 months, we hadn’t been seeing loads of one another as I used to be on a tennis tour and he was doing an album.“So it actually didn’t really feel like we’d reached some extent that merited both of us being dumped by the opposite.“It felt to me like a friendship that had the potential to develop, reasonably than a major romantic relationship, as a result of we hadn’t taken it far — and I’m not simply speaking about intercourse.

“When my earlier relationships had ended, we’d talked every part by means of, about why it wasn’t working or couldn’t work.“This time, I used to be completely floored. It was so odd. And Cliff didn’t converse to me for weeks…”

Sue Barker & Cliff Richard next to a swimming pool

Sue Barker stated her dad and mom have been ‘cautious’ of hers and Cliff Richard’s age hole (Picture: GETTY)

Cliff and Sue holding tennis rackets

Sue Barker stated Cliff Richard dumped her by means of a good friend (Picture: GETTY)

Mrs Barker advised how she had hoped that their romance could be ‘rekindled’, however they settled right into a friendship.Nevertheless, the previous Query of Sport presenter advised how she grew to become “upset” with the now 81-year-old.

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Mrs Barker stated Mr Richard would constantly “harp on about her in interviews” – as soon as claiming he “didn’t love her sufficient to suggest”.Later, Mrs Barker wed her husband Lance in 1988, however Mr Richard later gave an interview explaining “why I couldn’t marry Sue”.

Through the years, they’ve remained associates – though Mrs Barker has been “pissed off” by Mr Richard, asking him immediately and through his agent to cease bringing her up in interviews.Mrs Barker continued: “Lance and I nonetheless see him every now and then. We went to his fiftieth party, and joined his sixtieth birthday cruise.

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This 12 months was Sue Barker’s closing Wimbledon as a presenter (Picture: GETTY)

“We additionally went to help him on the Royal Albert Corridor after that horrible /police raid. There’s no animosity there.

“And it’ll come as no nice shock to him that I say the entire above, as a result of I spoke to Cliff in individual about this many instances and I made a direct request to his agent and his supervisor to cease mentioning our time collectively in interviews. It has been irritating.“Sure, I actually loved our early friendship, however persevering with to harp on about me merely isn’t honest, not simply to me however to Lance, who has been always reminded why another person wouldn’t marry his spouse. It’s not respectful.”This 12 months’s was the previous tennis champion’s final as she introduced her retirement in June.Sue Barker’s e-book, Calling the Photographs: My Autobiography, is because of be launched on September 29. 

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