Freddie Starr’s ex reckons fame went to his head and believes he was a “terrible husband”, a report has claimed.
According to The Sun, Betty Simpson – Freddie’s first wife, who he was married to for 12 years from 1960 – claimed the funnyman “liked the ladies too much” and struggled to leave his madcap persona on the stage.
She is reported to have told the news outlet: “He was OK when he first started in showbiz but the fame went to his head.
“He was the best, he was brilliant while he was on stage but he was a terrible husband.”
Betty, mum to Freddie’s son Carl, continued: “When we were together I wanted him to keep his feet on the ground and be Freddie Fowell, not Freddie Starr, when he came home.”
She also suggested the Lancashire-born telly fave – who had wanted to be a singer when he was younger – had squandered his talent.
Reflecting on the career progress of the man she married when he was just 17, Merseyside-based Betty added she felt Freddie was “better than that” when she saw him performing in a slapstick manner on TV with Des O’Connor.
Freddie, married five times to four different women, was found dead alone in his Spanish home on Thursday aged 76.
He admitted in his last Facebook post that he was “getting tired more”, despite insisting he was otherwise fine.
Freddie wrote: “I just have to say thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all the kind comments and messages it really does mean a lot so thank you to each and everyone of you thanks so much. Freddie.”
A year after his heart attack he had been forced to pull out of I’m A Celebrity following just a few days after falling ill before making it into the ITV jungle camp.
Freddie is survived by his six children – Carl, Stacey, Donna, Tara, Jody and Ebony.
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