Lily Becker takes aim at her ex-con former tennis superstar husband trends now
Lilly Becker's son Amadeus turned 13 two months after his father – the tennis legend Boris - got out of prison. Much to celebrate, then.
The second Mrs Becker, who is still married to the shamed champion confesses she went a bit overboard, because her son had been 'through a lot'.
'I wanted to give Amadeus the best party ever. I threw everything at it, to the point where I had to say ''Do not think you will have this every year. You won't have another party like this until you are 18 or 21.''
'I invited every kid in his class. I hired a red carpet, a limo, people to act as paparazzi snapping him and his friends as they got out. I transformed our back yard into a discotheque with lights and a bar. We had entertainers, a lady belly-dancer with a snake, make-up artists. Thirteen of the kids stayed over and we all went paintballing the next day. Then another sleepover.
'It went on all weekend, and by the end my house was trashed and I was pooped, but you know what? It was worth it, just to see that big smile on his face. That was the point of it. I didn't want him to have time to think of anything else other than what a great time he was having, and how loved he was.'
The second Lilly Becker (pictured), who is still married to the shamed champion confesses she went a bit overboard, because her son had been 'through a lot'
Pictured: Lilly, Boris and their son Amadeus who turned 13 two months after his father – the tennis legend - got out of prison
Dare we mention Boris? He wasn't there in London on fizzy-pop pouring duty, clearly, as he had been deported from the UK immediately after his release. But did he at least chip in for the bellydancer? Send a massive gift?
Lilly won't be drawn, but she rolls her eyes.
Obviously shockwaves went round the world when Boris Becker – still a hero to millions - actually went to jail, found guilty of concealing £2.5million of assets and loans in a bankruptcy fraud case.
He served eight months of his two and a half year sentence, emerging from prison to give a slew of emotive interviews about how the 'brutal' experience had made him a 'better man'.
'You fight every day for survival,' said Boris, waxing lyrical about being a tennis player surrounded by murderers, drug-dealers, rapists, people smugglers. 'Quickly, you have to surround yourself with the tough boys, as I would call it, because you need protection.'
His jail time 'humbled' him, he said. 'I've taken the incarceration, but I've also taken the glory and if anything this made me a stronger, better man.'
He is now building his life's 'third chapter', he said, looking upward, onward, forward.
A round of applause? Well, he is certainly not going to get any from his estranged wife - she's busy building a new life for herself and her son in Clapham, after uprooting from their previous home in Wimbledon, site of Boris's greatest sporting triumphs.
I have interviewed Lilly several times. She railed and cried and thumped the table in anger during our last encounter almost a year ago, when he had just been sent to prison, still in shock about how let down she felt by him, unprepared for what was to come.
They had split when Amadeus was eight – her call, she says today. And while he'd never been in the running for any Father Of the Year awards, he had been a big part of his son's life, and that, she felt, was a good thing.
When he was jailed, however, she felt she was 'left to deal with the mess, to pick up all the pieces'. This included telling their distraught and confused son why his father was in prison, and trying to console him.
At the time I asked how she felt Boris would survive inside. Perhaps he would emerge a changed person, one desperate to make amends?
Perhaps they would be able to sit down together, the three of them, and Boris – who has three other children, to two other women - would do his utmost to explain everything to his son, in person.
She scoffed, saying that he would emerge to a raft of book deals and offers to 'tell his story'. He would triumph, ultimately, 'because that is what Boris Becker does'.
'Prison has not changed him one little bit,' she said. 'Boris has come out of prison doing the whole 'I am so humble' thing. But it's a constant stream of Me, Me, Me. Give me a break.'
Boris Becker with Lilly and Their Son Amadeus at the Cartier Queens Cup Final at Smiths Lawn Windsor Great Park Berkshire on 15, June, 2014
When he was released he gave a lengthy interview on German TV, which she didn't want to watch, but her new boyfriend – who is German – did.
'Thanks God for the Peleton bike. I went upstairs and went on it for an hour, but he was still talking when I came down again, and I just caught a bit