Rhodri Giggs says his mother has not spoken to him or his children for eight years after news of his famous brother Ryan’s affair with his ex-wife became a widely publicised story.
In 2011, Ryan and Rhodri’s relationship ceased when it was revealed the Manchester United legend had been secretly involved with Rhodri’s wife Natasha for a number of years. But speaking out about the rift, Rhodri says he feels aggrieved because he has not spoken to his mum since, and his youngest child has never met their grandmother despite her living a mile away.
His former wife Natasha was the one to expose their affair, reportedly deciding to come clean after confronting Ryan about his relationship with Imogen Thomas, which became the subject of an ill-fated injunction.
Rhodri has spoken in the past about how he has little contact with his side of the family following the revelations and even appeared in a Paddy Power betting advert called ‘Loyalty is Dead’.
And now he has explained the devastating impact it has had on him, revealing that he hasn’t spoken to his own mother, Lynne, since 2011.
Speaking on the Almost Famous podcast, he said: “It’s like I’ve done the affair. It is difficult for my children that we don’t speak. I’ve got three children, one who’s five who she’s never met and one who’s 13 who she hasn’t seen for seven or eight years. What have they done? They live a mile away.
“Ryan’s got a son who’s exactly the same age, these people should be mixing with each other and looking out for each other but instead they don’t even know each other, that’s the sad thing.
“I don’t speak to any of my family, none of them speak to me, they all speak to Ryan and they all live in Wales and go to Wales games and have nice food and nice hospitality. It’s what they like, it is what they enjoy. I don’t really get off on stuff like that, I never have… It’s all pretentious c**p.”
He claimed that the family had expected him to just forget the affair. He said he had had an inkling about the eight-year affair a couple of years before it came out in the papers, but “mum talked me out of it”.
“They thought I should just act normal, bit I went to the papers six months later and from that day, they haven’t spoken to me,” he said.
Rhodri said his brother had been “a young, humble, hard working guy” and emembered how when Ryan first started out in football and the tabloids were writing stories about him, his mum would throw hot tea or soup at journalists. He said: “I think they got the message in the end.”
During the podcast, he also said if he had dedicated himself more, he would have been a better footballer than Ryan.
He said: “I have never said that before, but I know that for a fact. But I didn’t have the same support. I didn’t get the same support.”