Richard Keys has hit back furiously at his estranged wife’s claims that his personal life has hindered their daughter’s recovery from alcoholism.
The presenter’s marriage broke down after it was claimed he was having an affair with Lucie Rose, described as a friend of the couple’s daughter Jemma.
His wife Julia, 58, said Jemma could be ‘one drink away from death’ and claimed the stress of the family drama had made it ‘much harder to remain sober’, according to the Sun on Sunday.
But the former Sky Sports host said he had ‘tried everything’ to help his daughter and had ‘never come up short on family matters’, saying Lucie Rose had only met Jemma twice.
Richard Keys, pictured with his estranged wife Julia, has hit back at her claims that his personal life has hindered their daughter Jemma’s recovery from
Julia Keys told the newspaper that she had ‘laid in bed planning her daughter’s funeral’ because of Jemma’s struggle with drink.
The 58-year-old said alcohol was her daughter’s only way to cope: ‘It’s been difficult for us all but mostly for Jemma. She adores her father.
‘In terms of it as an emotional trigger, it has definitely made it much harder for her to remain sober.
‘Jemma is massively angry and hurt about what happened between her dad and her old friend.’
Mrs Keys has also discovered that her thyroid cancer has returned after seven years, saying that her illness had added further stress to Jemma.
Responding to the claims, Keys said in a statement that ‘Lucie Rose is NOT my daughter’s friend’, saying they had only met on two occasions.
The presenter’s marriage broke down after it was revealed he was having an affair with Lucie Rose, pictured together, described as a friend of the couple’s daughter Jemma
Richard Keys said he had ‘tried everything’ to help his daughter Jemma, pictured together left’, as he furiously denied claims made by his wife Julia, pictured right
Keys, who resigned from Sky in 2011, said: ‘Sadly my daughter’s problems have haunted our family for 15 years or more.
‘Those that know us well would tell you that we have tried everything to help her. We’ve spent in excess of £250,000 on rehab. I have never come up short on family matters.
‘Jemma’s issues are at the core of my marriage break-up. My wife and I disagree on her treatment.
‘Quite simply – I refuse to ‘enable’ her with her problems any further. Those with addictions will understand what I mean.’