Sue Barker shares the ‘frustrating’ reason she wishes she’d never dated Cliff Richard in the 1980s

Sue Barker has revealed the “frustrating” reason she wishes she’d never “got too close” to Cliff Richard, who she dated in the 1980s.

he broadcaster who had a brief romance with the summer holidays singer in 1981, has shared her frustrations with Richard because he’s still “talking about me” 40 years later.

In a new book, an excerpt of which was shared on MailOnline, Barker, 66, wrote: “If someone had told me that my relationship with Cliff would last a few months but I would still be hearing about it 40 years later, I would wouldn’t have gone near him.”

She said that despite remaining friends, “the only thing we had a fight about was the fact that he kept beating on me in interviews.”

Barker revealed that although their time together was extremely short, Richard, 81, kept providing the press with quotes that made their relationship seem more than it actually was. These included, “I didn’t love her enough to propose to her” and “I didn’t love her enough to marry her.”

“It just kept going,” Barker continued. “It really upset me.”

Barker said that the day after her marriage to husband Lance Tankard, she read the headline: “Why I Couldn’t Marry Sue – By Cliff” and “begged [him] to have some respect for my marriage and not to mention me anymore”.

“Honestly, it looks silly now that he’s still talking about a relationship that was never really more than a friendship,” Barker said, adding that her words “won’t come as a huge surprise to him because I’m personally involved.” Cliff talked about so many times and I asked his agent and manager directly to stop mentioning our time together in interviews.

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