Final heartbreaking Peter Stringfellow interview revealed he was afraid of not seeing his young kids grow up

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The late Peter Stringfellow celebrates after being granted with a licence for his proposed club based in central Dublin. Stringfellow in 2006. (PA)
The late Peter Stringfellow celebrates after being granted with a licence for his proposed club based in central Dublin. Stringfellow in 2006. (PA)

The final ever TV interview the late Peter Stringfellow did revealed he was afraid of not seeing his young kids grow up and wanted to leave them ‘financially secure’.

In the footage, an interview he did live on Good Morning Britain in October of 2017, presenter Richard Madeley questioned his how responsible it was to become a dad at such an old age.

Read more: Peter Stringfellow: A life in pictures

When Madeley and Kate Garraway asked him about fatherhood in his ’70s, the ‘King of Clubs’ dismissed all notions of it being a bad idea and defended his and wife Bella’s decision.

‘Two’s perfect but as you say in life, who knows?’ he said, after describing the birth of his kids as making him the ‘happiest man in the world’.

Peter Stringfellow, Bella Stringfellow and children Rosabella Stringfellow, Angelo Stringfellow, in May of 2017. (Rex)
Peter Stringfellow, Bella Stringfellow and children Rosabella Stringfellow, Angelo Stringfellow, in May of 2017. (Rex)

After being asked whether he worried about the age gap between him and his wife, 35, and the idea of her and his kids having to look after him in his old age, he said: I’m unique, I’m different, I’m me.

“And my family life is different from anybody’s and I love it for what it is,” he admitted. “No one’s going to be a carer for me – maybe my wife towards the end. My kids are going to have a wonderful life’ Stringfellow insisted.

He even discussed his own death, describing how he would be leaving his family ‘financially secure’ when it came to carrying on without him: ‘When I do leave which is, I’m thinking about it. I might not go yet – I’ve checked it out and I don’t particularly like the idea,’ he said.

‘But if I do go, I’m leaving them with a wonderful mother and, let’s be fair, they’ll be financially secure.’

Peter Stringfellow’s final TV interview which was on Good Morning Britain. (REX)
Peter Stringfellow’s final TV interview which was on Good Morning Britain. (REX)

Heartbreakingly, he also spoke about wanting nothing more than to give his kids the best start to their lives: “When the time comes they’ll hopefully remember me with great love and affection and I will have given them a great start in life.”

Stringfellow died at the age of 77 after a secret battle with cancer, having initially undergone lung cancer treatment back in 2008. His latest cancer battle was kept private, until someone leaked it in 2015.

Married three times and a grandfather four times over, Stringfellow is survived by his wife, Bella and four children, Karen, Scott, Rosabella, and Angelo.

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