Boris Becker’s estranged wife has criticized the tennis legend after he was imprisoned after being found guilty of hiding millions of dollars.
Boris Becker’s estranged wife told how her imprisoned husband “owned and manipulated everything”.
Lily Baker, 45, said telling their son that his father was in prison was the “worst thing” she had to do, adding, “Women always have to clean up the mess.”
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Former world number one tennis player Baker, 54, is serving a 30-month sentence in Wandsworth Prison, south London, after hiding 2.5 million pounds ($A4.4 million) in assets and loans when he went bankrupt in 2017.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Dutch model and TV presenter Lilly said she did not tell her son Amadeus, 12, about his trial at Southwark Royal Court last month because she never expected he would be imprisoned.
I called a friend who was in nursery school to help him tell him in his playroom.
“It was one of the worst things I’ve ever had to do,” she said.
“I will never forget looking into his blue eyes. He couldn’t control it.”
She said they left him alone but he got off after 20 minutes, adding, “I know he was searching on Google but I can’t stop him, can I?
“He needs answers. He deserves answers.
“I should answer as best I can, but no, it’s not fair for me to be in this situation.”
In a blast about Boris, whom she married in 2009, Lilly also said, “It’s not really fair to Amadeus.
“He’s had years of having to deal with our slip, which was bad, and finally come to terms with the fact that Mama and Papa weren’t together. Now that’s it.
“I feel a little sorry for him (Boris) in some ways. He had everything – all that money, women, fame.
“He had it all and he set it free.”
She joked that she copes by “cleaning up like crazy”.
But she insisted he would be “okay” and that “everyone will love him there because he charms everyone”.
Earlier this month, he told us how Boris complained about grim food in his prison after serving beef as his first meal behind bars.
He was also told, belatedly, to dye his hair to stay out of the limelight in prison.
Novak Djokovic also pulled it off, saying: “It breaks my heart” to see former coach Boris Becker in prison, adding that he hopes the German legend remains “in good health and strength”.
Six-time Grand Slam champions Becker and Djokovic collaborated for three years until 2017.
In that time, they had won six majors, a streak that included his Grand Slam career when Djokovic won his first French championship in 2016.
“It breaks my heart to see him go through this experience,” Djokovic said. “Boris has always been very kind to me and my family, we have had a great relationship over the years and have achieved great things in this sport.
“I’ve been in touch with one of his sons, Noah, asking if there’s anything I can do to help. But it’s horrible. I just hope he stays healthy and strong.”
This story first appeared in The Sun and is republished with permission.