Taylor-Ann Magnus (pictured as a child), now 25, said her father and snooker legend Ronnie O’Sillivan was no longer a part of her life
The ex-daughter of snooker legend Ronnie O’Sillivan has vowed never to let the world champion meet her three-year-old granddaughter.
Taylor-Ann Magnus, 25, said Mr O’Sillivan was no longer a part of her life and she would not want him to meet her daughter, Zarah.
Speaking to The Mirror, Ms Magnus even suggested she wouldn’t tell Zarah about her famous grandfather unless she felt compelled to.
Mr O’Sillivan, 46, dated Ms Magnus’ mother – Sally-Ann Magnus – for two years in the 1990s, but their relationship did not last.
Taylor-Ann told the newspaper she last saw Mr O’Sillivan when she was 17 or 18, and only a handful of times when she was growing up.
She was not among the millions of viewers who watched “The Rocket” win his seventh world championship at the Crucible just days ago on May 2, she said.
“I was 17 or 18 the last time I saw him and I forgave him in myself, although that doesn’t excuse what he did,” she told the Mirror in an interview on Saturday.
“For the past eight years, I have been very happy. I accepted that he wasn’t there and I’m okay with that. But ever since I had my daughter, I thought, “I really don’t want that person in my life.”
When Mr O’Sullivan won his record seventh world championship in the final against Judd Trump on Monday, moving scenes from The Crucible showed him hugging his other two children – Lily and Ronnie Jr.
Ms Magnus said an acquaintance of her father and teenage siblings once sent her a similar photo, but she was glad they were close.
His latest win saw Mr O’Sillivan take home £500,000 in prize money. Since he started his career in 1992, he has earned over £8.5m and is expected to be worth around £32m in total.
Taylor-Ann, meanwhile, works for a parking company and lives in a rented flat in Romford, Essex, according to The Mirror. She told the paper: “I don’t want or need his money and wouldn’t expect anything anyway.”
If the world’s No. 1 snooker asked to meet his granddaughter, Ms Magnus said she would refuse his request and only tell Zarah about him as a warning, before finding out for herself on the internet or at school.
It was first reported that Taylor-Ann would have Mr O’Sullivan’s granddaughter in 2018. At the time, she said she became suicidal and struggled with cocaine addiction after her father’s decision to block her appeals and stop child support payments.
Taylor-Ann Magnus said she was not among the millions of viewers who watched “The Rocket” win her seventh world championship at the Crucible just days ago on May 2. Pictured: O’Sullivan hugs his two teenagers after his World Championship victory
The snooker star is said to have cut his maintenance payments by £1,000 a month after calling his daughter a ‘cokehead’ who used it as an ATM.
Despite enrolling in rehab in 2000 to deal with his drug and alcohol addiction, Ronnie offered no financial assistance for his daughter’s recovery.
In 2018, she accused her father of writing her off despite people forgiving her failings.
O’Sullivan burst onto the snooker scene in 1992 aged just 16 and won 74 of his first 76 professional matches – a feat that was accomplished despite his father Ronald being given a prison sentence. life in prison for murder. around the same time.
Aside from family issues which would also see his mother jailed for a year, the player beat Hendry to win the UK Championship in 1993 and won his first world title in 2001 aged just 25. , before sweeping the opposition. again to win the biggest prize in 2004 and 2008.
Despite this threat of retirement after that hard-fought victory in 2012, O’Sullivan returned to the Crucible Theater in Sheffield to win again in 2013, 2020 and last night, which was his record seventh title.
As early as 2011, O’Sullivan – who has battled both alcohol and drug issues as well as depression – summed up the agony of expectation surrounding him, revealing: “When you turn it on, it’s is a great feeling, and when you don’t feel like you’re letting people down.
Family together: O’Sullivan is seen with his father Ronnie Sr (far left), daughter Lily, son Ronnie Jr (right) and Betfred owner Fred Done
“You feel like you’re letting yourself down, you’re wasting your time and nobody’s having fun and they’re waiting for something to happen and it’s not happening. This can sometimes be quite demoralizing.
Those question marks were erased last Monday night when O’Sullivan knocked out Judd Trump to tie Hendry’s Crucible record and continue to build on a career defined by fame and controversy in equal measure.
For all those moments like the record five-minute maximum break he served against Mick Price in 1997, there were reprimands and other admissions that gave a glimpse into his troubled mind, as he struggled to maintain the enthusiasm to chase Hendry’s record. that he always knew was within reach.
Following his victory last night, his two youngest children, son Ronnie Jr and daughter Lily, as well as his father Ronnie Sr – now 67 – who was released from prison in 2010 after serving 18 years of prison kissed him after his victory last night.
The player had Ronnie Jr and Lily with Jo Langley, whom he met at Narcotics Anonymous. O’Sullivan recently rekindled his relationship with his fiancée Laila Rouass, after the couple split in February after ten years together.