Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Calum Best: My father's alcoholism ruined our relationship

Published 16/02/2016

Calum Best said he used to be taken to the pub in the morning when he was just a teenager
Calum Best said he used to be taken to the pub in the morning when he was just a teenager

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."

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph