Both Jeremy and his daughter Emily wrote about their relationship in The Sunday Times Magazine yesterday. Clarkson wrote about what Emily was like growing up and Emily wrote about what it was like to grow up with a father as famous as Jeremy. As well as how he felt about the ‘fracas’ (I love that word) that eventually ended his Top Gear contract.
Jeremy begins with a run down of how he reacted to the news his then wife, Francie, was having a c-section. He was asleep when she rang to tell him it was happening immediately. After a shower, a fuel fill-up and other bits and pieces he realised she meant ‘immediately’.
Emily was almost out when Clarkson arrived. He says:
“She was a little mouse of a thing and utterly perfect. The world’s most stubborn human had been born.”
He also explains how they almost named her Boadicea, but in the end they decided that was too pretentious.
He goes on explaining how he’s always worried about how his job affected Emily’s childhood. He believes it has – Emily would change her name on holiday to stop the questions.
Emily opens with an introduction of herself.
“I was the classic oldest child: among my family I have the nickname Saffy, from Ab Fab, because I’m the sensible one. I’m really bossy, but also shy and conscientious, which is an odd combination. I think that’s my two parents. They split me down the middle. I am stubborn and opinionated like my dad — but hopefully share his funniness too.”
She explains how Jeremy is shy and quiet, and not like he is on Top Gear or The Grand Tour. “He’s also surprisingly good at shopping and appreciates fashion more than Mum,” she adds. Well that’s a surprise!
It’s very obvious that these two have a lovely relationship. She worries about him working and getting involved in dangerous situations, but she says “he adores cars and he’s happy making other people happy.” She’d go out for lunch once a week with Jeremy after the Top Gear issue where they’d talk about nothing ‘too heavy’. This was to take his mind off the stress he was going through at the time.
The column is linked below, and I urge you to read it. It really shows an insight into the family man behind the hammers, as well as his lovely daughter Emily, who has just released a book about the stupid expectations of modern women.
Two very talented people.