Beverley Turner has denied claims she has ‘broken down’ ex-husband James Cracknell’s trust after his catastrophic brain injury.
The TV host, who has children Croyde (17), Kiki (12) and Trixie (10) with her former partner, split from the former Olympic rower in March 2019 after 17 years of marriage.
Last month, James, 49, reflected on his turbulent relationship with Beverly, 48, during an appearance on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins, in which he claimed their marriage had tarnished his self-esteem after he suffered a brain injury in 2010.
Chatting with Marina Fogle on their podcast As well as possible in the given circumstancesBeverly said she “didn’t buy” his claims, insisting her former husband wasn’t “lacking confidence” when they broke up.
Beverley Turner, pictured performing on ITV’s Lorraine, has denied claims she had ‘broken down’ ex-husband James Cracknell’s trust after his catastrophic brain injury
The TV host, who has children Croyde (17), Kiki (12) and Trixie (10) with her former partner, divorced the former Olympic rower in March 2019 after a 17-year marriage. They are pictured in 2017
“I thought, wait a minute, so when we broke up, you were just on your way to Cambridge University to study a master’s degree when you thought you could win the Boat Race when you were almost fifty?” , she said.
‘That doesn’t strike me as a man who had little faith! I think that was well done from my point of view! I just found it quite entertaining because I knew it just wasn’t true.’
Beverly said neither she nor James, who also described her as an “amazing wife and mother,” were “kind to each other” and experienced “unpleasant toxicity” toward the end of their relationship.
“Of course we weren’t nice to each other towards the end of the marriage, so neither of us worked hard to make the other feel good about ourselves,” she said.
Last month, James, 49, reflected on his turbulent relationship with Beverly, 48, during an appearance on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins
“But that’s inevitable with any relationship that ends with that kind of unpleasant toxicity.
“So I didn’t quite believe the idea that somehow a failure had happened because I made James feel bad about himself before he went to college and did great things.”
When Marina asked if she considered ending her marriage a failure, she said, “Not at all. It was never Plan A and life is more complicated for everyone – especially the kids when you’re not married.
“But I think success is also about knowing when to walk away from something that is failing so badly that there’s no success left by staying in it.
“So no, I don’t see it as a failure. I think because of the situation we were in with James’ brain injury, it was different.”
During his SAS interrogation on the Channel 4 show, James described the struggles he and Beverley experienced after he was knocked off his bicycle by a truck traveling at 100 km/h while cycling in Arizona.
Beverly said neither she nor James, who also described her as a “great wife and mother” toward the end of their relationship “were nice to each other.” They are pictured in 2016
James remarried and married his wife Jordan O’Connell in late August. He is pictured with Jordan in December 2019
James, who tied the knot with his second wife Jordan Connell in August, said: “Assuming I’ve had a serious brain injury is that it defines the rest of my life and you can’t do that. you won’t be able to do this.”
“My wife, well, ex-wife – she’s a wonderful woman and a wonderful mother – but she always looked at me through the prism of that incident.
“For someone you love unconditionally to hurt your self-esteem and then to me for not reaching out to friends and hiding, you keep thinking… the worst things about yourself. I really struggled.’
The British rower previously admitted he was in tears when he was forced to write a ‘final letter’ to his children while on the show, making him think about his life and his family, after his death. divorce from ex-wife Beverley.
“Having three children and being divorced and not living with them,” he said The times.
Beverly, pictured performing on ITV’s This Morning, said she “didn’t buy” his claims, insisting her former husband wasn’t “lacking confidence” when they broke up
“There are things you go, like, ‘OK, actually, you prioritized work. Have you sacrificed too much time?’ You know what I mean?
‘You assume that you will live with them 24/7 instead of not. You asked me if I was crying. Then yes.’
After his brain injury, James went into a coma and suffered damage to the part of the brain that controls memory, personality and speech.
James, who previously expressed his gratitude to his ex-wife for his help with his recovery, addressed Beverley in his latest interview, insisting that he “wants her to be happy.”
“I want the children to be happy and it’s much better if they have a happy mother. So I wish her good luck in her work, relationship because then it will be a happy home. I’m sure she wants the same for me,” James said.