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BBC Top Gear: Freddie Flintoff’s 16-year marriage to model wife and feud with I’m A Celebrity star


Top Gear Presenter Freddie Flintoff is known for his exploits in England’s famous 2005 Ashes victory over Australia, but away from the sport and presenting, his life has been just as eventful.

James Haskell, who appeared on the 2019 series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, and Freddie Flintoff are reported to have become embroiled in a secret feud after a joke went awry.

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A League of their Own star Freddie, who used to play cricket for Lancashire as well as England, was at odds with ex-England and Wasps rugby star and I’m A Celeb contestant Haskell.



Freddie Flintoff on Top Gear

ITV I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! star Haskell has written in his autobiography about how the joke on the Sky comedy show went wrong.

As part of A League Of Their Own, Haskell was tasked with doing some judging.

He wrote: “The judge was Freddie Flintoff, who said, ‘To be honest, I expected more,’ and as quick as a flash I came back with, ‘After watching you box, I think it would be fair to say we expected more as well,’ and everyone cheered.”

James and Freddie were then jokingly told to settle the dispute with a pillow fight on the show.

But Haskell claims Freddie – real name Andrew – took it too far.



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The Sun reports James wrote: “When the show aired it went mental. I had messaged Freddie after the show to say thank you again and for him to keep smashing it.

“I also asked him, if I sent him a cricket bat to sign for this ill little boy would he do it, as Freddie was his hero. He just ignored me and that was it.

“I thought f*ck it, just move on. Then when the next series started, Freddie was shown highlights of our head-to-head and said, ‘Yeah, that Haskell was a bit of a dick,’.

“He made it all out to be serious.”

“I still hear about it today, with trolls saying, ‘You’re a c*nt,’ and ‘You got beaten up by Flintoff,’ when the reality is, I’m not, I didn’t and I wouldn’t.”

Away from his feuds, Freddie Flintoff has a much calmer married life. He married his wife Rachael in 2005 at the Pavilion Road Hotel in Knightsbridge, London.

Rachael was previously signed to Storm model agency and ran her own events company at the age of 19.

Since meeting in 2002, the couple have had four children together.

The pair welcomed daughter Holly in 2004.

In 2006 they had a son, Corey, and two years after, they had their son Rocky.

Last April, the duo welcomed another addition to their family, keeping news of the birth private.

Appearing on talkSPORT, Freddie said: “Little Preston was born at Christmas – it is the first time I’ve actually spoken about it.

“But yeah, we have got another baby and it has been nice spending time with him.”

Prior to welcoming Preston, Freddie told The Sun how he and Rachael had decided not to have any more children.

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