Alex Scott admits ex partner’s ‘touching’ gift ‘reminds her of dad’s abuse’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Footballer turned TV presenter Alex Scott has confessed that a “touching” gesture from a former partner only serves to remind her of abuse she suffered at the hands of her father.

The football pundit who has 140 caps for playing for England, has a replica of a red mini skateboard in her home, which was a gift from an ex-lover.

However, they presented her with it after she told them a horrific story from her childhood, and now it acts as a constant reminder of less happy times.

As a child she claims that her father, Tony, punished Alex and her brother for leaving the tiny patch of green space beside the Poplar tower block they lived in so that they could retrieve a ball.

She claimed that he first beat them both and then ordered them to throw all their toys down the rubbish chute.

Alex threw away everything except her most prized possession, a red mini skateboard, but he later made her dispose of that too.

Explaining the replica that now sits in her home, she told The Times last year: “The thought was touching. But in reality, the skateboard just reminds me of my dad’s abuse.”

The former Arsenal captain, who will today give her expert commentary on the Women’s World Cup final as England take on Spain for the title, wrote about her father’s abuse in her memoir How (Not) To Be Strong, which was released last year.

In the tome, she alleged that she, her mum and brother Ronnie “lived in fear” as her dad Tony was abusive towards her mum during her childhood. Recounting how she would lie awake at night listening for possible signs of violence, Alex said she felt “helpless”.

On Steven Barlett’s podcast, The Diary of A CEO, the presenter recalled a moment she heard her dad beating her mum after she refused to get him a drink while they were at a party.

She said: “As soon as everybody leaves that night, he doesn’t forget, so then we all know what’s going to happen. That was the hardest night. My mum is trying to survive for her kids and then I’m in a room listening to everything go on and just hoping she’s alive.”

However, her father disputed her version of events following the book’s release. Speaking to the MailOnline last October, he said he has “no idea” why she portrayed him in such a way.

“I was raised in a strict but loving Jamaican family and Alex should know what they are like. I taught her discipline, I did a lot to help her,” he added.

“Perhaps she is judging me by today’s standards, I don’t know. Parents were a lot tougher back then. But I was never violent, that’s just not me.

“I’m collating a lot of stuff that will prove my case,” he insisted.

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