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Telling Boris Becker's 12-year-old son his dad had been jailed was 'worst thing', ex-wife says

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Lilly Becker has revealed telling her 12-year-old son about his father being jail was the “worst thing” she has ever had to do.

“It’s always the women who have to clean up the mess,” she told the Daily Mail.

Boris Becker, the former three-time Wimbledon tennis champion, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for hiding £2.5m in assets and loans to avoid paying his debts.

The 54-year-old was declared bankrupt in 2017 and owed almost £50m over an unpaid loan of more than £3m on his estate in Mallorca, Spain.

Boris and Lilly Becker were married for nine years and have a son called Amadeus but announced their separation in 2018.

Ms Becker realised she would have to break the news to their son who was not aware his father had been facing a trial at Southwark Crown Court last month.

Lilly Becker and her seven-year-old son Amadeus, photographed at the opening of the LEGO Ninjago World at the Legoland in Guenzburg, Germany, 1 April 2017. Lilly Becker, the wife of former professional tennis player Boris Becker, and her son visited the new Ninjago-World during the season start on 1 April. The amusement park offers a new interactive 4D ride. Photo by: Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
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Lilly Becker and her son Amadeus in 2017, when he was seven-years-old

“My instinct was to say it as it is – your father is in jail. He has f***ed up…But you can’t say that to a 12-year-old child, can you?”

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The Dutch model asked a family friend to help her explain the situation to her son in a way that was not too brutal.

“We told him in his play room, where he feels safe. It was one of the worst things I’ve ever had to do,” she told the Mail.

“I will never forget looking into his blue eyes, as blue as Boris’s, and watching them just go from left to right and back again.

“He was flabbergasted. He just couldn’t get a grip on it.”

Former tennis player Boris Becker and his partner Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro Southwark Crown Court in London, Friday, April 29, 2022. Becker is in court for failing to hand over trophies from his glittering tennis career to settle debts, relating to charges over his bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Becker arriving at Southwark Crown Court with his new partner Lilian de Carvalho Monteiro

German-born Becker had been detained at Wandsworth prison, only a few miles away from his ex-wife’s home in Wimbledon.

The former world number one tennis player has been transferred to HMP Huntercombe in Oxfordshire according to The Times.

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It is a prison used to detain foreign criminals, indicating he may be deported from the UK at the end of his sentence.

Ms Becker, 45, added: “I know [Amadeus had] been Googling… I can’t stop him, can I?

“Amadeus is doing better now. He’s asking questions – What will Papa be eating? Will he be able to watch films?”

Becker is reported to have complained about the food and lack of hygiene in prison.

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