Incredible bond between Chris Evans and mum who raised him alone after dad died
Chris Evans often shared stories about his incredible mum Minnie.
The BBC Radio 2 presenter was incredibly close to the woman who raised him and his siblings single-handedly after the tragic death of his dad.
The 52-year-old, who is expecting twins with his wife, ex-golfer Natasha, received the sad news this morning that his mum had died at the age of 92, just minutes before he was about to go live on air.
And after his touching tribute left listeners in tears, we take a look back at the incredible bond between Chris and Minnie.
Former nurse Minnie raised Chris, his brother David, and sister Diane, alone after their dad, Martin, died when Chris was just 14.
She worked two jobs, including running the local corner shop, to provide for her children.
Minnie even borrowed £500 so she could buy Chris his first car, a Mini, for his 17th birthday.
And 15 years ago, Chris saved his mum by paying for a life-saving drug when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Because of her age, doctors were reluctant to give her treatment, so Chris got the drug Herceptin privately. He later said: "It saved her life."
Chris was accused of bullying after taking over the Top Gear reigns from Jeremy Clarkson, but being raised by a strong woman, and married to another, made him tough.
He said: "I am very thick-skinned, my wife is rock-solid and my mum was in World War Two, and that was pretty tough, so this is nothing. I have had a sense of what it must feel like to be David Cameron, or a really unpopular England football manager. But you have to keep smiling and doing your job."
In 2016, Chris revealed on Top Gear that his mum’s health was failing and that she’d been in hospital.
He’d been at her bedside just hours before he began shooting the show.
He said at the time: "The last thing I did before we recorded the first show was visit my mum in hospital because she’s not very well. She’s still quite ill."
He added: "Of course, it does put everything into perspective a bit. Sure, Top Gear matters, but it isn’t real life."
Minnie later moved from Warrington down south to be close to Chris, who lives in Berkshire.
Minnie was her son’s rock, and Chris would often lean on her for advice about his career, and his love life.
She recently told her son to "earn what you can, when you can, while you can" after he received backlash over his £2.2million BBC salary.
After receiving news of his mum’s death, Chris handed his show over to sports news presenter Vassos Alexander, who read out a statement from Chris.
He said: "Good morning, says Chris. The reason I’m not with you today is because just before I came on air my mum passed away and I needed to go straight back home to be with my family. But it’s all OK, in fact it’s very OK, mum needed to be at peace.
"Moreover she needed to be at peace for some time now and as she has throughout her life in death she has brought us together. She was an incredible woman.
"Anyone who has ever met her will tell you that an ultimately there was no battle lost only a life won. Every single day. I’ll be back tomorrow.
"If mum had the first idea I might not have shown up today because of her she would have been furious. I hope you have a lovely Thursday. See you tomorrow."
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