Sir Cliff Richard has delved into his past when chatting to Piers Morgan for an episode of his show Life Stories.
And it turns out the musician sure knew how to stand up for himself in the school playground.
According to the star, he would beat up bullies until they drew blood when battling with his classmates.
In the singer’s upcoming instalment, which will air on ITV tomorrow night, the 80-year-old revealed that he was teased in the school yard for being born in India.
‘You went to school in Carshalton and you got bullied there. Why were you bullied?’ the controversial journalist asked his guest.
‘I would have been dark-skinned at that time,’ Sir Cliff explained. ‘And they somehow knew I came from India. So they gave me—they called me “Indi-bum”. And I was always in battles on the playground.’
Recalling a segment from Sir Cliff’s new book, The Dreamer, Piers pressed: ‘Well it’s interesting, in the book I was startled by this.
‘So, in your new autobiography, you say, “It might surprise people but I was tough at school. I had to be. If the other boys went for me, I would get them on the floor and punch them until the blood flowed. In fact, I don’t remember ever losing a fight”.
‘I haven’t read anything like this since Mike Tyson’s autobiography.’
He quipped: ‘You wouldn’t stop until you’d drawn blood and you never lost a fight!’
And it turned out Cliff was pretty fierce in his yesteryear as he recalled: ‘It was on somebody—it was the wrist. The guy had me by the wrist and I managed to turn it around and I’ve thrown him down, he was on the floor.
‘And all I did was that and there was all blood here and the bone and everything.’
We now know not to mess with him!
The episode will look back on Cliff’s extraordinary life as he takes a deep dive into his 60 years of fame.
Piers wrote about the interview on Instagram where he told his followers: ‘Sir Cliff Richard was the first celebrity I ever interviewed, for the Wimbledon News as a 19-yr-old cub reporter.
‘This Sunday night, 36 years later, he becomes my 100th Life Stories guest in a wonderfully moving, funny, revealing and emotional show.
‘He was just as charming as he was to me all those years ago.’
Piers Morgan’s Life Stories airs Sunday at 9pm on ITV.
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