Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lampard's Rant at 'Idiot' DJ

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Lampard's Rant at 'Idiot' DJ

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Byline: AMAR SINGH

.. 'Did you call me scum?' Chelsea star phones radio show over split from fiancee .. He defends himself after claims that he is a bad father

FOOTBALLER Frank Lampard today made an extraordinary appearance on live radio to defend himself after his bitter split from fiancee Elen Rives.

In an emotional and angry exchange with LBC presenter James O'Brien, the Chelsea and England star hit back at accusations that he was bad father.

He said: "Since I've had kids every penny I earn and every yard I run on the football pitch is for my kids. It hurts me every day when I wake up and my kids are not there." The 30-year-old called the presenter an "idiot" for upsetting his family on the first anniversary of his mother's death and accused Rives of "having had a few drinks" when she made the remarks in a national newspaper.

He said: "Someone approached her in a bar and got her talking after she had a few drinks. My exgirlfriend is very distressed about the story. She gave it away in a moment of weakness." Miss Rives said that their daughters Luna, three, and Isla, one, were living in a small flat while Lampard had stayed in their [pounds sterling]8.5 million townhouse.

Lampard called the phone-in show after O'Brien said that men who allow their children to live in inferior circumstances to them were "weak and scum".

In a 15-minute rant, Lampard said: "My sister just phoned me up because she was upset about you calling me scum. Did you call me that? "Since I've had kids every penny I earn and every yard I run on the football pitch is for my kids." Miss Rives, who split with Lampard last November, said he was a "bastard" for turning their family home into a "bachelor pad" and seeing other girls while she was struggling to raise their daughters.

But Lampard said: "They are living in a temporary flat which is actually in Fulham. It's not a bad flat at all. I am buying a house at the moment which is going to be of equal standard to mine if not better.

"It hurts me every day when I wake up and my kids are not there. Luckily I have a relationship with my ex-girlfriend where we will share custody or whatever you want to call it. …

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