Chris Evans: It’s not the loss that gets to you, it’s the love
CHRIS Evans returned to the airwaves this morning just a day after the death of his mother — and revealed that she left him a letter.
The DJ pulled out of his Radio 2 breakfast show on Thursday after his mother — Minnie, who was 92 — died minutes before he was due to go on air.
But on Friday, he was back in the studio telling listeners: ‘It’s not the loss that gets to you, it’s the love… So much love for a lady you’ve never met.’
Explaining his speedy return, he said: ‘We are back as mum would have insisted we should be.’
And Chris praised sports reporter Vassos Alexander, who stepped into the breach at the last minute yesterday, saying ‘what a confirmation of our best friendship’.
He also said: ‘I sound a bit chipper today, but I’m just so happy that my mum is at peace.’
And Evans told how his mum surprised her children to the last, with a letter.
He said: ‘During the first half of the Arsenal game, when we all thought we were all right and we’d get back to work today and it will be fine…. my sister phones me up and says, “You’ll never guess what I’ve just found.”
‘She left us a letter. She left it with the birth certificate because she knew we’d have to get the birth certificate to register the death.’
Evans praised his mother’s carers, saying: ‘She was only supposed to last a month or two…. five months later, seven months in all, she was still there.’
And he said that the family marked his mother’s loss with a drink — but not her favourite.
‘Don’t tell my mum if you meet her one day in the future,’ he joked, ‘we had a glass of prosecco instead of warm Cinzano and lemonade!’
Author: Sherna Noah