Boris Becker’s wife Lilly says telling her 12-year-old son his dad is in jail was ‘the worst thing ever’
Former tennis champion Boris Becker was jailed for two years and six months in April for flouting his bankruptcy terms by hiding £2.5million in assets and loans to avoid paying his debts
Boris Becker’s wife Lilly has opened up about the time she had to tell their 12-year-old son that his father had gone to jail.
In April, the three-time Wimbledon champion was jailed for two years and six months for flouting the terms of his bankruptcy by hiding £2.5million in assets and loans to avoid paying his debts.
Becker, 54, was declared bankrupt in June 2017, owing his creditors almost £50million on an unpaid loan of more than £3million on his property in Mallorca, Spain.
The former tennis player transferred around £390,000 from his professional account to others, including those of his ex-wife Barbara Becker and ex-wife Lilly.
In May 2018, Lilly and Becker announced they had separated after nine years of marriage, but the couple share 12-year-old son Amadeus.
Speaking about breaking the news of his father’s conviction to their child, Lilly told the Daily Mail it was ‘the worst thing I’ve ever had to do’.
“My instinct was to say it straight: ‘Your dad is in jail. He screwed up,'” the 45-year-old revealed.
“But you can’t say that to a 12 year old, can you? Not when you’re the mother, the Mother Tiger whose job on this earth is to protect that child.”
Amadeus was unaware that his famous father faced a jury at Southwark Crown Court last month, and Lilly enlisted the help of a friend on how to tell his son.
“We told him in his playroom, where he feels safe. It was one of the worst things I’ve ever had to do,” she recalls.
“I’ll never forget looking into his blue eyes – as blue as Boris’s – and watching them go from left to right and back again. He was flabbergasted. He just couldn’t grasp it.”
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She explained that Amadeus wanted to be left alone, but came downstairs 20 minutes later to be with his mother.
Lilly said she told her son his father “wasn’t a criminal”, but understandably the youngster has many questions.
“Amadeus is better now. He asks questions: what is Dad going to eat? Will he be able to watch movies? she says.
“So I have to answer as best I can, but no, it’s not fair that I’m in this position. It’s not fair that Amadeus is in this position.”
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Lilly’s comments come after it was reported that Becker had complained about food and poor hygiene in prison.
Becker is only expected to spend 15 months locked up and serve the rest of his time on license.
Prison sources said he struggled to adjust to the food on offer, or lack thereof, as he uses his £10 weekly allowance to supplement meals with chocolate, biscuits and bananas from the canteen .
They also mentioned that he was struggling to adapt to the overcrowding and suffered from lack of sleep in his six square meter cell.
A source told The Sun: “He’s going through a tough time and worst of all is the food. He can’t believe how bad it is and how small the portions are.
“One of his first meals was corned beef, which was not good. But he will have to get used to it. He is also shocked by the lack of hygiene in the prison because it is so overcrowded,” they added.