Lynda Bellingham’s widower Michael Pattemore has insisted that the actress would be “rolling in her grave” over the rift between him and her sons during an emotional interview on ITV’s This Morning earlier today.
Lynda’s two sons Michael and Robbie Peluso claim their estranged stepfather allegedly deprived them of their inheritance, evicted them from their family home and squandered the late star’s cash on luxury holidays.
He says that he’s become so hated through his legal battle with them that strange women spit in his face in public, and thinks that his late wife would be fuming with the way things have been handled because he’s followed her wishes accurately.
Michael – who was married to Lynda from 2008 until her death in 2014 – told Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford: ‘She would be rolling in her grave. I think there’s a puppeteer pulling their strings.
‘They thought there was a huge pot of gold at the end of the rainbow but there wasn’t.
‘I’ve given them a flat. Their first email over to our email lawyer was: ‘My boys wanted a roof over their head.’ I’ve supplied them with a roof over their head and now they want it sold. She specifically wanted that I give them the first million and then divide the rest up between our four children – my two kids and hers,’ he said on This Morning.
Michael also said the former Loose Women panellist was in £50,000 in debt when she died.
‘I’ve had 18 months of hell … she was £50,000 in debt. That’s a fact. Across bank accounts and credit cards. Even though she was in debt, we had properties worth several million pounds. Those properties are all in mortgage and they bring an income in now. What the boys never told the nation was that in my will, they got left the first one million pounds plus a quarter share of the remainder of the properties. They could’ve walked away with a couple million pounds.’
And he claimed that he was forced to cover her son’s college fees because Lynda was so broke.
‘At one point, Lynda’s work went really thin to the ground to the point she nearly let her own house out in London to come over to me to live in Spain but then she ended up getting ‘Loose Women’, ‘Calendar Girls’ and she started to go back up again. The last two terms of Robbie’s sixth form college, I had to pay the fees.’
Michael is adamant he doesn’t want to speak about the rift again, he doesn’t think there’s any chance that he will patch things up with Lynda’s boys.