Matthew Wright says Gemma Collins was ‘most rude and disrespectful’ guest ever
Things have changed a lot in the last 18 months.
At the start of 2018 I was planning my semi-retirement and seriously looking into running my own fly-fishing business in the Caribbean.
But then after so much heartache, my wife Amelia finally got pregnant and in January this year Cassady arrived.
So now I’ll have to knuckle down, look after Cassady and save up some more money.
I have had more than my fair share of people close to me die: a very good friend died when I was 20, my father when I was 30, my nephew when he was 16, and then a couple of other friends who are slightly older.
One with a stroke at 54, and then one friend took his own life.
People who loved him, myself included, all tried their best to get him access to mental health services, with very little results.
He was eventually sectioned, but then driven to an address in Norfolk, released outside the police station without a penny to his name, and killed himself not long afterwards.
Then when the inquest happened all the relevant notes had been lost.
Of all the stars I’ve interviewed in my career, Gemma Collins was the most rude and disrespectful.
She turned up an hour late to a two-hour show, spent 10 minutes in make-up when we had about 10 minutes left, and she just thought because she was Gemma Collins she could behave like that.
She’s very good at publicity, but she was just horrible.
Treat people as you would wish to be treated.
Of course how I care to be treated is very different to how other people might want to be treated.
But generally speaking, even if I’m being cruel sometimes, mainly professionally, it’s normally done with a twinkle in the eye or a wry smile.
I don’t like to take anything too seriously.
I try not to do social media, the internet or even emails over the weekend.
I do as little as I can now, none if possible, and spend the time with family and friends instead of being distracted.
And I have to say that not surprisingly it has had a very positive effect, not just on me but also on my family and friends.
One of the positives of my dad dying of bowel cancer when he was 55 was that I got gene screened when the process was just in its infancy.
My grandfather and a couple of other relatives also died from it, so I was obviously relieved to discover that I didn’t have the dodgy gene.
I have definitely inherited my father’s fair-mindedness.
He was a very calm man and worked for Woolworths with a lot of people from different ethnic backgrounds.
As a result he was very ahead of his time on anti-racism and sexual equality and I think he set me and my sister in very good stead.
We have a good moral compass.
I know a little bit about addictive behaviour.
I was a compulsive smoker for a ridiculous period of time, from the age of 12 until I was 40, and at my peakI was smoking 60 cigarettes a day.
I relapsed 10 times, and it was only on the eleventh occasion, when I finally decided to read the final few chapters of Allen Carr’s Easy Guide To Stop Smoking, that I was ready to let it go.
I finally accepted the insanity of it and just stopped one day and vowed I would never have another puff ever again.
I just wish I’d stopped earlier.
I haven’t swapped it for another addiction, but it’s fair to say I could probably eat less chocolate and drink less wine.
I’d like to get off this planet with a clean conscience.
I haven’t actually deliberately gone out of my way to harm anybody, at least who didn’t deserve to be harmed.
Hopefully I haven’t harmed anyone at all physically.
Verbally I’m sure I’ve upset people along the way, but I never really meant to cause any anguish.
I’d much rather we all went away with a smile on our faces.
My Secret Snapshot
My own father died when I was quite young, so to some degree I’ve always resented Father’s Day, and whenever it came around it merely emphasised what I didn’t have.
It used to just pull at my heart strings a bit, and I’ve actually been getting quite emotional about it this year, as it’s going to be the first opportunity for many years to enjoy a Father’s Day for a positive reason.
I love this photo of me and Cassady standing on the footbridge over the Regent’s Canal by Regent’s Park, very near to London Zoo.
I’ll never forget my first visit to London Zoo as a kid, and now every time we cross the bridge Amelia says, ‘I can’t wait to take Cassady to London Zoo.’
Bearing in mind the journey we’ve been on to become parents in the last few years, it’s amazing to finally be making these steps.
For so many years it looked like we were never going to become parents after so many failed IVF attempts.
Eighteen months ago we were 99% certain it wasn’t going to happen and we were all ready to accept that, but decided to give it one last throw of the dice.
At that point our expectations were very low, which in retrospect was perhaps a good thing, as high expectations lead to disappointment, low expectations less so.
We were amazed when Amelia became pregnant, but her pregnancy was awful all the way through: bleeds, trips to the hospital, right down to an emergency C-section.
The whole thing has been a trauma, but we’ve been blessed, and four months down the line we have a pretty easy-going girl who is full of beans and, touch wood, she’s even sleeping through the night.
What’s more she even has a winning smile, just like her father.
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