Snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan’s convicted murder father is living in a campervan with a woman half his age – a spirituality and ‘clean living’ enthusiast who went to the same private school as Holly Willoughby.
Ronnie Snr. 67, hit the road with health drink entrepreneur Tiffany Kushner, 34, after they became ‘bored with comfortable living’ and splashed out £94,000 on a luxury Mercedes motorhome.
In a social media video, Tiffany explains how she went from ‘browsing napkin rings’ on the Harrods website to embracing ‘full time van life’ in a bid to ‘let go of the myth that owning property and possessions’ represents success.
She says her and Ronnie Snr’s long-time ambition is to ‘get our own plot of land to live sustainably and grow our own food’ – although in the meantime they are enjoying Waitrose deliveries and David Lloyd gym memberships.
At one point they are seen meeting members of a ‘peace commune’ whose Instagram page includes a photo of a man in a t-shirt describing the Covid vaccine as ‘poison’ and another post comparing lockdown advocates to Nazis.
Tiffany praises them for doing an ‘amazing job raising awareness of the Covid vaccine, if you can even call it that’. It’s not clear when the couple met but there are photos of them together from as far back as August 2020.
New beginnings: Ronnie Snr., 67, has hit the road with entrepreneur Tiffany Kushner, 34, after splashing £94,000 on a luxury Mercedes motorhome
In a social media video, Tiffany explains how she went from ‘browsing napkin rings’ on the Harrods website to embracing ‘full time van life’ in a bid to ‘let go of the myth that owning property and possessions’ represents success
Looking back: Tiffany went to the same posh West Sussex school as television presenter Holly Willoughby
Tiffany – who founded Chaga Life, a brand of mushroom-based ‘miracle’ drink aimed at fitness enthusiasts – is 12 years younger than her partner’s sportsman son Ronnie, 46, who is known within the world of professional snooker as The Rocket. His fiancee is the Holy City actor Laila Rouass, 50.
Describing the inspiration for their trip in a video blog, she says: ‘I was living very comfortably in a lovely apartment in Chigwell. At one point I was sitting on the settee scrolling through Harrods online looking at napkins in.
‘But that was exactly what the issue was – living comfortably – then we decided to trade this in for a life living on the road doing full time van life.’
Tiffany attended £18,000-a-year Burgess Hill Girls school in West Sussex, which was also attended by TV presenter Holly Willoughby. She and Ronnie Snr’s first stop was a campsite in Brighton.
‘For the first few days we just slept,’ she says. ‘There were times we were questioning whether we could actually live in a van together full time.’
Despite pining for the simple life, Tiffany shows the pair taking delivery of a ‘little Waitrose order’. And she adds: ‘We’ve kept our David Lloyd membership so we both get to go down there to have a workout, sauna and steam.’
The couple’s Hymer BMC T 60 van has no washing machine and a chemical toilet, although it has a shower and space for Tiffany’s ‘small collection of superfood herbs and powders’.
At one point she is seen speaking with ‘my new best friend, Ricardo’.
‘We spend every day together now,’ she says. ‘Our conversations could last from hours, talking about everything from telekinesis, telepathy, manifestation, the matrix, reverse ageing, everything spiritual.
‘He has been homeless for eight years, he lives opposite us in the forest. And he’s also a biopsychologist – the best in his field.’
Family affair: Ronnie Snr. made millions running sex shops in Soho but was imprisoned for murder in 1992, being released in 2010 (pictured with son Ronnie)
On the road: Businesswoman Tiffany is 12 years younger than her partner’s sportsman son Ronnie, 46
Glimpse of the quiet life: She has shared pictures and videos of herself with Ronnie Snr. on social media
Aspirations: Tiffany wrote: ‘It’s the best decision we have ever made, letting go of that myth that owning property and possessions is seen as achieving something’
Happy union: Snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan’s father is living in a campervan with a woman half his age
Another shot shows her and Ronnie Snr. sitting around a campfire with the members of an anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine campaign group.
‘We’ve had a great few weeks with them doing the usual good stuff: cooking, laughing, sound baths, art, meditation,’ she says. ‘They are a commune of peacekeepers who have been camping out since the first lockdown.
‘Most of them have left their families and jobs to fight for our freedom and educate people about what’s going on around the world today.
‘And they’ve done an amazing job raising awareness of the Covid vaccine, if you can even call it that. ‘
The couple have been living in the camper since last July with their dog.
Summing up the trip so far, Tiffany says: ‘It’s the best decision we have ever made, letting go of that myth that owning property and possessions is seen as achieving something.’
Self sufficient: She added: ‘All there is to life is to be lived. Our long-term plan is to find a plot of land somewhere and grow our own food’
Natural beauty: She launched superfood brand Chaga Life but said the couple had grown bored of ‘comfortable living’
She added: ‘All there is to life is to be lived. Our long-term plan is to find a plot of land somewhere and grow our own food.’
O’Sullivan Senior made millions running sex shops in Soho but was jailed when his son was just 16 for the brutal stabbing of Bruce Bryan, a driver to the gangster Charlie Kray, in a nightclub in Chelsea.
Then aged 37, O’Sullivan senior had been ‘binge’ drinking on champagne with a friend in 1991 when he went ‘looking for trouble’ at a club in the King’s Road.
He set upon Mr Bryan and his brother Kelvin, allegedly hurling racist abuse at the two black men.
Pulling out a six-inch hunting knife, O’Sullivan stabbed Bruce Bryan to death.
Life’s luxuries: While they are looking for a simpler life, they still enjoy Waitrose deliveries and David Lloyd gym memberships
‘It was like a horror movie,’ Kelvin said later. ‘He turned on Bruce and began stabbing and slashing at him with a huge knife. My brother had his arms up as protection but O’Sullivan was in a frenzy.’
O’Sullivan then turned on Kelvin, stabbing him in the stomach. O’Sullivan has always argued the attack was not racially motivated. His son has stood by him, insisting his father has ‘never been a trouble maker’.
O’Sullivan junior, widely regarded as the greatest talent ever to play the game, dedicated his first of three world championships to his father. He has battled depression, which some have suggested might even be linked to his father’s absence.
When he was 19, both his parents were in jail after his Italian-born mother was given a one-year sentence for tax evasion. Ronnie had to look after the family business and younger sister, Danielle, while rising to the top of his sport.
MailOnline has contacted representatives for both Ronnies and Tiffany for comment.
Man’s best friend: The couple have been living in the camper since last July with their beloved dog