Beverley Turner shares details of James Cracknell's wedding
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Beverley Turner, 47, has hit back at comments that her ex-husband James Cracknell, 49, made about their marriage. The presenter called his claims about her “chipping away at his confidence” untrue in the wake of their divorce proceedings.
On Channel 4’s Celebrity SAS, the athlete spoke openly about the demise of their marriage, blaming his ex for his loss of confidence.
The couple’s relationship was originally impacted by a life-changing accident in 2010, when James suffered a brain injury that left him with epilepsy, a changed personality, and a short temper.
The tragic incident occurred when James was thrown from his bike by a lorry travelling at 60mph when he was cycling in Arizona.
He said: “My wife, well now ex-wife – she is an amazing woman and an amazing mother – but she always viewed me through the prism of that incident.
“For someone who you love unconditionally to chip away at your confidence and then me not to reach out to mates and hide away, you’re left thinking… the worst things about yourself. I’ve really struggled.”
The pair couldn’t make it work and eventually James split from his wife in March 2019 after 17 years of marriage.
James and Beverley share three children: son Croyde, 18, and daughters Kiki, 12, and Trixie, 9.
The Happy Birth Book author Beverley decided to set the record straight on James’ claims against her on the weekly podcast As Good As it Gets, which she hosts with her friend Marina Fogle.
In a candid discussion about “failure”, Beverley dissected her ex-husband’s comment and went on to brand their divorce “toxic”.
She said: “I was like ‘hang on a minute… so when we broke up you were just off to Cambridge University to go and study a Masters degree while believing you could win the Boat Race at nearly 50?
“That doesn’t strike me as a man that was lacking in confidence! I think that was a job well done from my point of view!”
Addressing why she didn’t respond to the accusation right away, she continued: “I just found it fairly entertaining because I knew it just wasn’t true.
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“Yes of course towards the end of the marriage we weren’t being kind to each other and therefore neither of us were working hard to make the other feel good about ourselves, but that’s an inevitability with any relationship ending with that kind of unpleasant toxicity.
“So I just didn’t entirely buy the idea that somehow a failure had occurred because I’d made James feel bad about himself…before he then went off to University and did amazing things.”
When asked if she believed her marriage was a failure, she confirmed that she didn’t because the situation with James’ brain injury made it “different”, although she did admit it wasn’t “Plan A”.
The presenter explained that if it was more a case of the couple falling out of love than it was coping with the injury, then she would have “given it a b****y good go,” before walking away because it “wouldn’t have felt like a good enough reason”.
She went on to share some words of wisdom: “I think success also is about knowing when to walk away from something that is so significantly failing, that there is no more success to be had by staying in it.”
In January this year, James got engaged to 35-year-old American financier Jordan Connell and married her in August.
The Olympian met Jordan in 2018 at Cambridge University, where she was training for an MBA.
Beverley is now happy with boyfriend James Pritchett, 32, and wished James congratulations on his wedding day.
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