Strictly star Craig’s dad ‘killed himself with booze’

Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel-Horwood has opened up about the loss of his dad – and explained how his tragic death has made him careful about his own relationship with booze.

Craig Revel-Horwood

The BBC judge’s dad Phil died at home in Austrialia from blood poisoning after drinking a bottle of home brew rum in December last year. Tests revealed he was more than five times the UK drink-drive limit, with 400mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in his system. After his heart gave out, he fell, hit his head on the TV set, and broke his neck.

“It’s the last time I properly cried,” Craig told the Sunday Mirror. “I’ve thought, ‘If he’d drunk beer, not rum, he’d still be alive’. But if he’d damaged his neck and been a paraplegic that would’ve been worse. At least he wasn’t in pain.

“I would’ve gone home if he was ill – but he was gone. Mum said, ‘There’s no point in you coming back.’”

Craig Revel-Horwood

Instead the 51-year-old ballroom judge delivered an emotional eulogy – by Skype – at his dad’s funeral. He sang a powerful rendition of ‘My Way’, one of his father’s favourite songs.

“You sort of do blame him – but then again, you can’t. He was always an alcoholic, so in a way it was the most fitting end for him. Forgiveness is a really important thing. You have to forgive.”

However, forgiveness isn’t on the agenda when it comes to ex-boyfriend Damon Scott – who blamed Craig’s own relationship with booze for their break up. Damon claimed Craig ‘only went one day without drinking in their entire time together’.

Craig Revel-Horwood

Craig disputes the comments, and says his dad’s relationship with alcohol has made him extra careful about his drinking.

“There’s no way I can be friends with Damon ever again,” he said.

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