Boris Becker’s estranged wife has lashed out at the tennis legend after he was jailed over after he was found him guilty of hiding millions of dollars.
Boris Becker’s estranged wife has told how her jailed husband “had it all and f***ed it up”.
Lilly Becker, 45, said telling their son his dad is in jail was the “worst thing” she has had to do and added: “It’s always the women who have to clean up the mess.”
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Former World No. 1 tennis player Becker, 54, is serving a 30-month prison sentence at Wandsworth Prison, South London, after hiding £2.5 million ($A4.4m) of assets and loans when he went bankrupt in 2017.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Dutch model and TV presenter Lilly said she hadn’t told son Amadeus, 12, about his trial at Southwark crown court last month because she never expected him to be jailed.
She called a friend who taught in a nursery to help tell him in his playroom.
“It was one of the worst things I’ve ever had to do,” she said.
“I will never forget looking into his blue eyes. He just couldn’t get a grip on it.”
She said they left him alone but he came down 20 minutes later, adding: “I know he’d been Googling but I can’t stop him, can I?
“He needs answers. He deserves answers.
“I just have to answer as best I can, but no, it is not fair that I am in this position.”
In an outburst about Boris, who she married in 2009, Lilly also said: “It really isn’t fair on Amadeus.
“He’s had years of having to cope with our slip, which was nasty, and he finally got his head around the fact that Mama and Papa weren’t together. Now this.
“I feel a little sorry for him (Boris] in some ways. He had everything — all that money, women, fame.
“He had it all and he f***ed it up.”
And she joked that she is coping by “cleaning like a maniac”.
But she insisted he will be “fine” and that “everyone will love him in there because he charms everyone”.
Earlier this month we told how Boris moaned about the grim food in his prison after being served corned beef as his first meal behind bars.
He was also told by lags to dye his hair to keep a low profile in prison.
Novak Djokovic also weighed in, saying “it breaks my heart” to see former coach Boris Becker in prison, adding he hopes the German legend stays “healthy and strong”.
Six-time Grand Slam title winner Becker and Djokovic teamed up for three years until 2017.
In that time, they won six majors, a run which included a career Grand Slam when Djokovic won the first of his French Opens in 2016.
“It breaks my heart to see him go through this,” Djokovic said. “Boris was always so nice to me and my family, and we had a great relationship throughout the years and achieved great things in this sport.
“I have been in touch with one of his sons, Noah, and asking if there is something that I could do to help. But it’s terrible. I just hope that he will stay healthy and strong.”
This story first appeared in The Sun and was republished with permission.