James Cracknell realizes he ‘gave priority to work’ and ‘sacrificed too much time’ away from his family
James Cracknell has wondered if he’s ‘sacrificed too much time’ away from his family after giving ‘priority’ to his job over the years.
The British rower and Olympic medalist, 49, admitted he was in tears when he was forced to write a ‘final letter’ to his children while taking part in the TV series Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins.
James reveals in a new interview with The times that the trial forced him to reflect on his life and his family following his divorce from ex-wife Beverley Turner.
Reflective: James Cracknell, 49, says he was forced to write one last letter to his kids, leaving him wondering if he’s ‘sacrificed too much time’ away from his family after a divorce
The professional athlete is the father of three children from his previous marriage; son Croyde, 17, and daughters Kiki, 12, and Trixie, 10. He divorced their mother Beverley in 2019 after a 17-year marriage.
While competing on Celebrity SAS, the recruits had to write the final letters to their families — in the same way SAS protocol prompts soldiers to write a letter home so grieving families can receive one last message from their loved ones who have been killed. while serving in the division .
James, who recently remarried and married his wife Jordan O’Connell, said it was one of the few times he was in tears while filming for the grueling series.
He explained that the process helped him make many realizations about his life, as he told the publication, “Having three kids and being divorced and not living with them… There are things you go like, “Okay, basically you prioritized work. Did you sacrifice too much time?” You know what I mean?
Family: The rowing champion, 49, is the father of Croyde, 17, Kiki, 12, and Trixie, 10, who he shares with his ex-wife Beverley Turner (pictured)
Honest: James explained in a new interview that writing the letter made him realize he was “prioritizing his work” and that the emotional process brought him to tears (pictured in 2009 with son Croyde and ex-wife Beverley)
‘You assume that you will live with them 24/7, rather not. You asked me if I was crying. Then yes.’
James divorced ex-wife Beverley after the couple’s nine-year battle following his crippling brain injury, which Beverley restored the sports star to health.
He was left in a coma and suffered damage to the part of the brain that controls memory, personality and speech after he was knocked off his bicycle by the wing mirror of an Arizona gas tanker.
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.
Emotional: James was forced to write the letter as part of the final phase of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins, which mimicked soldiers writing a final message for grieving families
Moving on: Since divorcing his ex-wife, James has remarried in late August and married his wife Jordan O’Connell (pictured above with Jordan in December 2019)
Like James, Beverley, 47, has moved on with friend and eco-developer James Pritchett, 32, who she has been dating for over a year.
Meanwhile, James is now married to his second wife Jordan, who is 14 years his junior, and the couple tied the knot last month, nine months after confirming their engagement.
James met his new love Jordan while they were both studying at Cambridge University. He studied for a master’s degree in human evolution from Peterhouse College, while Jordan completed a 12-month MBA course at Cambridge Judge Business School.
The couple started dating after graduating and lived together in West London during the coronavirus pandemic.
Elsewhere in his interview, James spoke of a cancer fear he had before appearing on Celebrity SAS, which led to him recovering from surgery while filming the show.
‘I want her to be happy’: The sportsman touched his ex-wife Beverley in his latest interview, insisting he ‘wants her to be happy’ so his kids can ‘be happy’
He was forced to undergo surgery on his scrotum after a two-way valve in his testicles clogged, causing it to swell.
Doctors had tested for cancer as a precaution before James had the surgery, with the star admitting the 48-hour wait for his results was “the real suffering” and had been “worrying.”
The results revealed it wasn’t cancer, and post-operatively James explained that it wasn’t so much painful, but more ‘clunky’ as it made it difficult to wear armor, which was necessary for a number of tasks throughout the series.
James also suffered a broken hand and rib during filming, but his efforts saw him progress to the final stages of Celebrity SAS, which is currently being played for viewers on Channel 4.
He joins Wes Nelson, Ore Oduba, Alexandra Burke, Jake Quickenden and Vicky Pattison from Love Island in the series.
Recruits: James appeared in the third series of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins alongside a host of new recruits including Vicky Pattison, Jake Quickenden and Alexandra Burke