James Cracknell slams his ex-wife for “taking off her confidence” Celebrity Sas – Weeks after marrying his new love.
The Olympian – who starred in Strictly last year – split from first wife Beverly Turner in March 2019 after 17 years of marriage and three children.
Their relationship was marred by James’ tragic accident in 2010, when he was hit by a lorry traveling 60mph while cycling in Arizona with his bike.
He suffered a brain injury, which left him with epilepsy, a changed personality and short temper.
He recently “lost confidence” during questioning on a Channel 4 show, opening up that the former player appeared to reprimand his ex.
“The notion of having a serious brain injury is what defines the rest of my life and ‘you won’t be able to do this, you won’t be able to do this,’” said James, 49.
“My wife, now ex-wife – she’s a wonderful woman and a wonderful mother – but she always looked at me through the prism of that event.
“For someone you love unconditionally, to dwindle your confidence and then not reach out to peers and hide, you’re thinking the worst things about yourself.
“I’ve really struggled.”
Rowing champion James married his fiancé Jordan Connell last month.
They got engaged to Jordan in January this year after being together for 17 months.
She married partner American financier last month in front of family and friends in Chelsea.
James’ former Beverly told his followers on their wedding day: “Today is a strange day, my ex-husband got married today – it’s quite a strange thing to say and I thought I was going to be totally okay with it.” Am. , and I’m fine with that.
“I’ve been happier now than I have been in many years and I know James is happier than I have been for many years now – and a big part of that is Jordan, his wife.
“But it also made me very worried and I couldn’t figure out why.”
She continued: “You never get married thinking you’re going to get divorced and although the kids are great and I have a new partner who is wonderful with them and in many ways they are vibrant, resilient kids.
“You’ve never divorced a parent because you’re totally fine. That’s all I wanted to say, but secondly, I know that a lot of people who are part of the brain injury world are mine. Even though you’re in the darkest parts of those journeys you might be on right now, you see yourself again at some point.
“And although it never really leaves you, the effect never really leaves a family, I’m still thinking about James’ parents today.”
Beverly is now happy with boyfriend James Pritchett, and later took to Twitter to share a happy photo of her as she officially congratulated her ex on their wedding day.
She added: “Many congratulations to both of us from @jamescracknell who marries an amazing woman today who makes her happy.
“Marriage, brain injury and divorce was never Plan A. But for someone currently in the dark, one day it will come out again.”