Speaking in a BBC radio interview, he revealed: ‘I said, look if this happens to me, I’ll do the same for you if you’ll do it for me, don’t let it go on too long.And just make sure I’m looked after because I don’t want to be a burden on anybody else.’Speaking of the anguish he went through as his mother’s health declined, he told Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour: ‘It was a gradual change to start with but then it steamrollered at the very end.
I had never had a friend or anybody that I knew who had actually got shot and killed. So I spent a lot of time being angry with God.’ Sir Cliff’s father, Rodger, died in 1961 and Dorothy went on to marry Derek Bodkin. In the interview, Sir Cliff also said he supported gay marriages and insisted he had no regrets about not having children.
He said: ‘I don’t see why gay people shouldn’t be married.
‘I have got friends, same-sex couples, who have been together for decades.
So for them it’s marriage even though they can’t call it marriage.
It probably isn’t marriage as such because we recognise it as a man and woman and having babies.
That’s neither here nor there for me.’ Sir Cliff also confessed he has to have someone around him all the time. If I am going to have a meal, it’s nicer with friends. I had a guy who used to work with me called Bill Latham and we shared a house for a long time and I used to use him as a sounding board.
During an interview for Australian TV, the singer asked: “If I was gay would it make any difference?
”Since his first song Move It hit the charts in 1958, The Shadows’ former front-man has been dogged by rumours that he was homosexual – despite him being photographed with a host of glamorous women.
Most recently gossip has centred around his relationship with John Mc Elynn, a former Catholic priest, who has looked after Sir Cliff’s homes in Britain, Barbados and Portugal for the past eight years.