The former England footballer has spoken openly about his struggles with alcoholism over the years.
Appearing on the popular ITV chat show, Gascoigne has spoken of staring in an Italian reality TV series Famous Island, and demonstrated the Italian language to viewers. Gascoigne spent three seasons playing for Italian football club Lazio between 1992 and 1995.
“It’s amazing,” said Ray. “How many years you spent – three seasons, three years and that’s where you chose [speaking Italian] up and hung on.
“That was quite a while ago too and you’ve had a few tipples since, so keeping that in yourself is really impressive!”
Some viewers objected to the reference to “a few drinks”, with one viewer describing it as “insensitive” and another writing that “alcoholism is not about laughing”.
“I can’t believe they shared this video,” one person wrote. “Imagine telling a guy who almost died of alcoholism that he’s had ‘a few drinks since then’. Repugnant. “
“Why is it okay for the presenter to say ‘you had a few drinks’ to someone who has been fighting alcoholism publicly for 30 years?” another asked. “Aren’t we supposed to stop this sort of thing?”
« GMB I expect your presenters to issue a full public apology to #gazza after his remarks on a few drinks. #Disgraceful, ”wrote another viewer.
“Paul Gascoigne has been speaking Italian since the 1990s, I think,” someone else said. “And he was surprised that he still knew because ‘obviously he’s been drinking a few drinks since then’… was awkward.
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