He’s a 33-year-old self-made millionaire who appeared on our screens on the X Factor a decade ago. But Rylan Clark will always be “my boy, Ross” to mom Linda.
As we catch up with Essex’s most iconic duo, certified Radio 2 host and national treasure, born Ross Richard Clark is getting a tick for dodging calls call of his beloved mother.
“I called him a lot and he didn’t answer,” Linda said. “Someone might be killing him, and I’m trying to call him and he doesn’t pick up!”
“Do you want to tell them how much you called me?” Rylan asked. “You called me 17 times just to tell me to put the trash out!”
It is this playful dynamic that has made the pair become Celebrity Gogglebox favorites once again, after they returned to the series after a year-long absence due to Linda’s battle with Crohn’s disease (an inflammatory disease). chronic bowel).
After undergoing three major surgeries, Linda, 69, tells us she has only 70cm of bowel left (we are usually 2m) and has had a tracheal bag attached. Her vulnerability led Rylan to install TV screens in her house for constant monitoring.
Meanwhile, Linda recalls how heartbroken Rylan was sleeping with her in her bed following her split from husband of six years Dan Neal last summer, and how the 6ft 4in star’s weight plummeted to relegation. 9.
Here, Rylan and Linda share a rare insight into their close bond…
Hello, Rylan and Linda. It’s nice to see you back together at Celebrity Gogglebox. How do you feel when you look back on the past 12 months?
Rylan: I wouldn’t have made it through last year without my mom. She was there for me, giving me full support. If I am a puppet, she is the rope.
I didn’t think I would go back at all. There was a time when I didn’t want to go back. I don’t want to do this job anymore. I don’t want to do anything.
It must be painful to see your son in such a bad way?
Linda: Oh no! It was really tough last year. He has this beautiful house, but he’s here with me. He couldn’t sleep so I said, “Come to bed with me.”
I don’t know what he’s thinking. He lost so much weight, he just stares all the time. I cried all day with him, and I forced him to eat.
How did you find the strength to fight back, Rylan?
Rylan: I’ve slowly come to realize that I’m not a bad person – breaking up can affect you. Exercise is important and I have developed a diet plan to gain weight, which helps physically and mentally. When I do a session with
My trainer, Scott, we bring the world to rights. It’s like a therapy session. I make every day like now. There are some mornings when I wake up thinking, “I don’t want to go to work today,” but I’m lucky I’m still working.
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Why did you take a three-month break on social media?
Rylan: Social media is a great tool for business and networking, but sometimes I need a break to realize it’s not quite real. There are some sad assholes on Twitter, and they won’t say it to your face. If they want, try it – I’m 6ft 4in!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since finding fame on the X Factor?
Rylan: Be kind to everyone around and especially those on the way up, because anyone can fall. I had a bad fall last year, and when I came back, everyone was waiting for me. If I was an asshole, they would have kicked me out. All of my recruiters are great. Radio 2 and BBC told me it could take as long as I needed.
Your teeth are your brand. Why are you replacing them?
Rylan: It’s physical as well as mental. Mentally, I had a huge new beginning in my life, so I thought to change my body the way I wanted. That’s why I started exercising and why I got my teeth back.
Linda: And they look better, because they’re a bit smaller.
Rylan: They’re so much smaller, Mom!
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You’re seeing Rylan’s dentist too, aren’t you, Linda?
Linda: I’ve got four changing crowns on the front, but I can hit him because every time I’m on Radio 2, he says, “How’s my teeth, Mom?” I said, “I haven’t done all of them yet, so why are you telling everyone?” Now when I go out, I have to wear a mask in case anyone looks at me. I have had four crowns in front of my teeth since…
Rylan: Around 1923! I said, “Let’s sort you out!”
Linda: I also think I will have a “new person”.
Rylan: Next job, right?
Linda: Definitely not!
How’s your health, Linda?
Linda: I’m not very well. I have nurses around every morning and evening to give me a special meal. I have had Crohn’s disease since I was 30 years old and it was so painful I cried the whole time. It was unbearable – I felt like grabbing a knife and punching myself in the stomach. I’ve had three major bowel surgeries, and the last time I had a stoma. I don’t have pain now, which is a relief, but I have to supplement my nutrition. Everything went straight to where I had barely any gut left.
We’re sorry to hear that. What is the prognosis?
Linda: Now I only have 70cm of bowel, so if I drink water, I have to clear the tumor immediately. My life is in the bathroom. I don’t know how long it will take until the doctors can’t do it anymore. I feel fine, but I’m frustrated because I can’t go out and I can’t do what I want.
That must be hard for you too, Rylan?
Rylan: I have a camera in Mom’s house, so I can see her and make sure she’s okay. That’s why we agreed to do Gogglebox, because my mom is comfortable and it’s at my house. She didn’t do anything physically, she just sat on my sofa.
While filming, are you afraid of saying the wrong thing and having the movie cancelled?
Rylan: Believe me, I’m scared. Let’s put it this way, lucky for us editors, because some of the things she gives are career-ending.
Linda: Yeah, but we’ve always been like that, haven’t we, Ross? You know I call him Ross and not Rylan, right?
Your presentation career is booming with gigs on Radio 2 and Eurovision. You have to be proud of how far you’ve come.
Rylan: I’m very grateful. Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes have always supported me in my career and told me what was right and wrong.
Are you ready to take over the coveted breakfast spot on Radio 2?
Rylan: I did it for a week, for Zoe Ball, and I felt like dying on Thursday. Give me a few more years and we’ll discuss it.
Linda: I bet he doesn’t even go to bed early. He must have gone
in a two-hour sleep.
Rylan: That sounds right!
Do you really think Radio 2’s set is haunted (earlier this year, a technical glitch led Rylan to say it’s haunted)?
Rylan: Yeah, I swear there’s something in that studio! I’m 100% sure
I’ve seen people walking behind me before.
Linda: Did I come in that day?
Linda: Oh my, you never told me that!
Now that you are single, have you considered going to Love Island?
Rylan: Now I will, f**k it! I would be very embarrassed. If I go to Love Island, I will have to go abroad like Australia or Italy, so no one knows who I am.
Linda: When we were in Paris, no one really knew you, right? No one noticed until we went up the Eiffel Tower and someone recognized you.
Rylan: And I had a breakdown? YES.
You joined around 150 British celebrities in the Queen’s Platinum pageant. Have you met the royal family?
Rylan: They said they were doing an open-top bus parade with national treasures and they wanted me to be one. I was socked. We had to go and meet them [the royal family] somewhere, but we went for a drink instead. I’ve been with Holly Willoughby and Nicole Scherzinger and it’s great to be with people who are real life partners. Gok Wan is also there. All we did was laugh. None of us knew the Queen would be out on the balcony. It was an absolute moment. Not many countries do it the way we do.
Celebrity Gogglebox marks 50 years of Pride. What does Pride mean to you?
Rylan: I’m lucky to live in a world where I’m not afraid to be myself. The only reason I was able to do that was because of the people who came before me. I love the day when the LGBTQ+ award didn’t exist and it was an award where everyone matters – it doesn’t matter where you come from, what you look like, the color of your skin or you’re in a relationship How to relate to. No matter what f** king.
What advice would you give someone who is struggling with their sexuality?
Rylan: Find someone you can talk to and trust. If someone loves you, whether you are their son, daughter, brother or sister, they will be there for you. If you feel like you don’t have anyone around to talk to, there are places for people to chat. My DM is open – just my DM.
At what age did you reveal your gender?
Rylan: I’m 15 or 16, aren’t I, Mom? I told my friends.
Linda: His friends, oh life, they’re pretty girls. He’s always out with them.
Rylan: Put it this way, when Mom was told I was gay, someone said to her, “Look, he has something to tell you,” and the first thing she said is…
Rylan and Linda: “Oh my God, don’t tell me you’ve got
a pregnant girl! ”
Linda: I don’t know, but all my friends do. It’s not fun is it?
What does Blackpool footballer Jake Daniels mean?
Rylan: It’s really important. I texted him and we had a few chats. He’s a nice guy and he’s really brave, but I hate to say he’s brave. I want to get to a point where it’s not news. I was there at West Ham, brooding, screaming and drinking. It’s good now! Honestly, we all know there are gay players out there, some more than others. Let it be there.
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