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PIERS MORGAN: That is my little brother behind Freddie Flintoff… on the worst day of my life! 

Saturday, October 16

The worst day of my life, exterior of the deaths of family members, was September 12, 2005.

It was additionally, perversely, the most effective days of my life, as a result of I used to be on the Oval to look at England beat Australia and win the best Ashes collection of all time.

However my unbridled pleasure on the thrilling triumph didn’t final lengthy.

I’d (Piers Morgan, above, left) taken my little brother Rupert (above, right) to a mate’s hospitality box where Man of the Series Freddie Flintoff, looked over to us with a massive grin

I’d (Piers Morgan, above, left) taken my little brother Rupert (above, proper) to a mate’s hospitality field the place Man of the Sequence Freddie Flintoff, appeared over to us with an enormous grin

I’d taken my little brother Rupert to a mate’s hospitality field, which neglected the gamers’ balcony, and because the historic victory loomed, Man of the Sequence Freddie Flintoff, one among my all-time sporting heroes, appeared over to us with an enormous grin and made a frenzied beer-drinking sign, shouting: ‘It’s gonna be a giant one tonight, boys – goodbye!’

Sadly, he didn’t see me later as a result of, inexplicably, I had agreed to go to Birmingham that night to do a book-signing.

Rupert, nevertheless, had no such schedule conflict and ended up partying with all of the England stars till 6am.

‘Bruv, it’s wonderful right here,’ he texted me at midnight from the group’s lavish resort as I sat sulking in my room on the decidedly much less lavish Vacation Inn (sure, actually). ‘On the lash with Freddie and the boys. You’d have liked it.’

Deeply depressed, I went to mattress and woke to a collection of ever extra excitable voicemails from Rupert. ‘Bruv, I’m utterly smashed. Been with Freddie and the boys all night time. Finest occasion ever! They will’t consider you went to Birmingham as an alternative!’

Nor might I.

The Evening Standard featured a large photo of Mr Flintoff (above), drunk as a skunk in the hotel bar. Next to him was the unmistakable blue shirt of my (Piers Morgan) brother

The Night Commonplace featured a big picture of Mr Flintoff (above), drunk as a skunk within the resort bar. Subsequent to him was the unmistakable blue shirt of my (Piers Morgan) brother

After I obtained again to London, the Night Commonplace entrance web page featured a big picture of Mr Flintoff, drunk as a skunk within the resort bar.

And proper subsequent to him was the unmistakable blue shirt of my brother.

His head had been lower off, nevertheless it was him all proper, and IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME.

For 16 years I’ve struggled to place the dreadful scars of that calamity behind me.

Tonight, Rupert threw a celebration to rejoice his fiftieth birthday, and I requested Freddie for a congratulatory message that I might learn out in my speech.

What he wrote reopened my wounds like an acid-sprinkled machete.

‘The night time after the ultimate Ashes take a look at in 2005 was most likely one of the best of my life for a lot of causes,’ Freddie started.

‘Clearly, beating the Aussies for the primary time in 18 years, and I did all proper, however primarily for having the proper Morgan brother on the celebrations on the resort.

‘Though Piers has put 100s of hours in over time buttering numerous gamers’ a**es to attempt to be a part of the internal sanctum, that night time he was nowhere to be seen. As an alternative, there was the good man Rupert Morgan, his youthful, much better wanting and extra charismatic brother, main the cost – as any self-respecting cricket fan would – whereas we celebrated the best Take a look at collection in historical past along with positive champagne, even finer French wine, beer and cigars.

‘It was an evening you simply didn’t need to finish. I used to be surrounded by my closest pals and now a brand new one, too. In the meantime, Piers was in Birmingham signing copies of his newest guide concerning the comings and goings of Simon Cowell and a plethora of Z-list celebrities. 

‘I can solely thank the great folks of Birmingham for taking one for the group – I might be perpetually in your debt.

‘Some nights you’ll at all times keep in mind and may’t recreate – however for some it’ll at all times be the one which obtained away. Pleased birthday Rupes, can’t consider you’re 50, however when you’re ever feeling down about that, solid your thoughts again to 2005 and that night time won’t ever fail to make you smile. 

‘If that doesn’t work, then simply be blissful within the data you’re not Piers. Love Fred.’

Crushing.

 

Tuesday, October 26 

‘There are quite a lot of good issues about being well-known,’ stated Sharon Stone, ‘however there are a couple of not so good issues too.’

I considered these clever phrases right this moment when Jeremy Vine tweeted a clip from his Radio 2 present, wherein a listener named Dave revealed that he had printed a photograph of my face on his colostomy bag.

Jeremy Vine (above) tweeted a clip from his Radio 2 show, in which a listener named Dave revealed that he had printed a photo of my (Piers Morgan) face on his colostomy bag

Jeremy Vine (above) tweeted a clip from his Radio 2 present, wherein a listener named Dave revealed that he had printed a photograph of my (Piers Morgan) face on his colostomy bag

For the uninitiated, the latter is a plastic machine that collects faecal matter from the digestive tract by means of a gap within the belly wall known as a stoma.

Dave defined: ‘They counsel getting an image on the bag to humanise it a bit bit, and I had Piers Morgan! I gained’t clarify to listeners the plain the explanation why…’

Hmmm.

I assume it’s as a result of I’m a really efficient antidote to people who find themselves stuffed with s***.

 

Wednesday, October 27 

I’m giving up my Life Tales present after 12 years and 100 company to concentrate on my new every day international TV programme, coming subsequent 12 months. (My ultimate interview might be with my nice pal and former Good Morning Britain colleague Kate Garraway.)

After the announcement, I used to be touched to see Captain Sir Tom Moore’s son-in- regulation, Colin Ingram, tweet: ‘Gutted however so happy Captain Sir Tom was invited to take a seat with Piers Morgan. He liked being on the present and at all times regarded Piers extraordinarily extremely.’

I felt the identical method about Tom, who was my all-time favorite visitor.

There was simply one thing so splendidly distinctive about this modest, charming, witty and provoking struggle hero turning into a worldwide famous person on the age of 99 due to a easy act of selfless, painful dedication that captured all our hearts.

Captain Sir Tom completely proved my long-held concept that all of us have the potential to make our mark on the world, and it’s by no means too late to make it.

If you’d like an important life story, then get off your bottom and do one thing nice. 

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