Cliff Richard tears up over dad's death: 'He missed the best things in my life'

Sir Cliff Richard teared up when talking about his late father on tonight’s instalment of Piers Morgan’s Life Stories.

His dad died when he was just 56 years old following complications with his thrombosis.

And when looking back over his fruitful career, the Summer Holiday hitmaker got emotional as he recalled certain moments he wished his father had witnessed.

’20 years old is a tough age to lose your father,’ Piers said to his guest before asking whether Sir Cliff got to say everything he wanted to his dad before he tragically died.

‘It wasn’t easy for any of us really, but he was a naughty person really, he did smoke a lot,’ the 80-year-old explained.

‘But, no I didn’t,’ he pressed as his voice cracked: ‘That’s why I feel some times that my anger if I’ve got any, comes out when I think he missed the best things in my life.

‘He never saw the knighthood,’ the musician stated through blurry eyes.

‘Everything that dad – he was the one that was right behind me and when he became part of the management group he’s the one that kept me on the tracks and continued to remind me, “this is what you’re going to do.”

‘So for me, it was a horrible, horrible loss.’


Piers continued to press the singer on if there was a specific milestone he wished his dad had been alive to see.

And Sir Cliff didn’t even have to think about it as he immediately went back to meeting the Queen.

‘When the Queen came to me with the sword I was a nervous wreck, and when she tapped that on my shoulder,’ he said. ‘Would my dad been there it would have been fantastic.

‘I would have loved him to have seen that.’

In the episode, the duo spoke about Sir Cliff’s incredible career which has spanned over a whopping six decades.

Piers Morgan’s Life Stories continues Sunday at 9pm on ITV.

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