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Calum Best: My father's alcoholism ruined our relationship

Calum Best has told how his father George's alcoholism "ruined" their relationship and still takes its toll today.

The son of the late football star said he used to be taken to the pub in the morning when he was just a teenager.

His father's alcohol addiction left him angry, confused and embarrassed and he did not know who to turn to, Calum said.

He told Channel 4 News: "At a young age it caused me a lot of insecurity, it caused me a lot of anger, it caused me a lot of confusion, embarrassment.

"Not knowing really where to turn and who to talk to.

"At a young age if you keep those kind of things in, if you keep those things in throughout your later years in life they affect you even more so, that's what I'm finding out now."

He added: "I'm angry about what could have been.

"I'm not angry, I'm upset that the demon that is alcoholism dependency took over my dad's life and ruined our relationship but I'm very blessed to be my dad's son. I'm very proud of him at the same time."

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