Ronnie O’Sullivan’s estranged daughter has attacked the snooker legend after claiming he never made the effort to visit his one-year-old granddaughter.
Taylor-Ann Magnus, now 23, is Ronnie’s daughter to Sally-Ann Magnus, with whom he had a year-long relationship in the 1990s.
Sally-Ann moved into Ronnie’s family home in 1996 when both of her parents were jailed, but when Ronnie’s mother, Maria, was released from prison, she kicked Sally-Ann out and the relationship was soon over.
Ronnie O’Sullivan’s estranged daughter claimed he never visited his granddaughter
Ronnie had Taylor-Ann (not pictured) with Sally-Ann Magnus, who he dated in 1996. Pictured is his other daughter Lily – born 2006, and son Ronnie Jnr
O’Sullivan, 44, born in Wordsley, West Midlands has gone on to become one of snooker’s most recognizable and outspoken figures. His daughter Taylor-Ann had only met her father 12 times in her life, but he had recounted his joy at becoming a grandfather at 42 as well as his enthusiasm for meeting his granddaughter Zarah-Ann.
But before O’Sullivan launched her bid to win a sixth world championship on Sunday night, she criticized her distant role in her and her daughter’s life.
“He might be the world champion for some, but he’s not worthy of being called ‘dad’ let alone ‘grandfather’ as far as I’m concerned,” Taylor-Ann told The Sun.
“Zarah-Ann will grow up never knowing who he is. He made so many promises, but what he says and what he does are so different.
O’Sullivan has publicly stated his interest in getting involved in his granddaughter’s life
O’Sullivan is one of the most decorated snooker players whose career has been mired in controversy.
In the 2006 Maplin Championship, he decided to concede the quarter-finals after losing 4-1 in frames but led 24-0 in sixth frame – going against the rules of world snooker.
And at the 2008 China Open in Beijing, he was forced to forgo his appearance money after making a series of inappropriate comments after his exit.
But before her candidacy for a sixth world championship began, Taylor-Ann went wild
He made headlines last week after the decision to allow spectators to enter the crucible for the world championships amid concerns over the coronavirus, saying snooker players were ‘treated like lab rats’ .
Continuing with her revelations about her snooker ace dad, Taylor-Ann also claimed that she never contacted him directly and claims he only spoke to her through a friend.
Taylor-Ann, who gave birth in October 2018, added: “When I read that daddy said he wanted to see Zarah, I thought there was a chance we could be a normal family and that he could be a grandfather to her.
She says she cut O’Sullivan from her life after claiming he didn’t follow through on her words
“I had always hoped for a better, closer and more loving relationship with my father and I think I have waited for it all my life.
“When I announced that I was pregnant, there was a bit of interest from Ronnie. His friend called me several times and told me that Ronnie was really excited to be a grandpa.
“I should have known better than to hope. He told a few reporters how sad he was that we weren’t closer, and mentioned how much he would love to see my daughter, but that was about it. It was just a show.
“He never contacted me personally once. It broke my heart.
Taylor-Ann also revealed that she turned her back on O’Sullivan and excluded him from her life, all the while using the mistakes he made to become a better parent.