Cliff Richard reveals false sex abuse claims gave him shingles that could have left him BLIND mens birthday gifts
- Cliff Richard shared a harrowing picture documenting his ordeal with shingles mens birthday gifts
- They were brought on by stress of being falsely accused of historical sex crimes
- The 80-year-old singer was exonerated of all charges but it took toll on his health
Sir Cliff Richard has shared a harrowing picture documenting his ordeal with shingles. mens birthday gifts
The beloved singer was so affected by the stress of being falsely accused of historical
sex crimes that he began suffering from shingles, which could have left him blind.
The 80-year-old, who was exonerated of all charges made by an anonymous accuser in
2014, became so unwell during the investigation that it took a devastating toll on his health.
Sir Cliff Richard, 80, has shared a harrowing picture documenting his ordeal with
shingles brought on by the stress of being falsely accused of historical sex crimes
A never-before-seen photo shows the painful rash the entertainer had while mens birthday gifts
he stayed in his home in Portugal in the midst of the accusations. mens birthday gifts
‘I had been through a really, really bad time of my life. I went through a terrible time,’
he said as the picture was shown on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories on ITV on Sunday night.
‘Within four months of my accuser setting fire to my life, I had a pimple on my head and I
was in Portugal so I called a friendly doctor I know and said, “Can you come and see me,
‘He came the next morning and he said, “You have shingles”. And I said,
“Well how can I get shingles?” and he said, “Stress”.’
Pointing out how bad it could have been, Sir Cliff added: ‘It was so dangerous – do you
see how close it got to my eyes? Had it happened on my eye I might have gone blind.’
A never-before-seen photo shown on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories shows
the painful rash he got in the midst of the accusations that could have blinded him
The South Yorkshire Police raided Sir Cliff’s home in 2014 after he mens birthday gifts
was accused of a historic sex crime, coverage of which was aired on the BBC. mens birthday gifts
He successfully sued the corporation and is thought to have received more than
He said that he was happy to show the graphic photograph to the world because he had
found it hard to describe how the stress of the situation had manifested itself in his life.
‘It’s very difficult for me to explain what it was like for me to wake up every day at 3.15am
and the last thing you think of before you go to bed and the first thing you think of when
you wake up is that accusation, which I knew was false, God knows was false,’ he said.
The 80-year-old singer was exonerated of all charges but became so unwell during
the investigation that it took a devastating toll on his health (Pictured in 1971)
Later in the programme, Sir Cliff said that he had once collapsed on the kitchen floor over
the weight of the allegations and the realisation of the impact they could have on his life.
‘I had fallen down because what I had thought was, “Oh my God, I’m in a pit and I don’t mens birthday gifts
know how to get out of this pit. My career rests on it, everything, everything that mens birthday gifts
‘I’m thinking I could actually end in prison as an innocent man.
And suddenly my legs just wobbled, went wobbly and I went to the floor.’
During Sunday’s programme, members of the socially distanced audience were shown
wearing homemade coronavirus masks with Sir Cliff’s image printed on them, pictured. mens birthday gifts
The entertainer turned 80 this month and was able only to celebrate with five friends under current