Anorak | Lottery winner Matt Topham’s estranged mum opens her heart to the Sun

Lottery winner Matt Topham’s estranged mum opens her heart to the Sun

by | 5th, March 2012

WHEN MATT Topham and his lover Cassey Carrington won $£45m on the lottery the tabloids set about looking for misery to inject into his happy, happy life. Matt Topham, last seen in Stapleford, Notts (he can’t still be there, can he?) is just 22. He’s the subject of the Sun’s front-page screamer:

“£45 lotto winner bands mum from his life”

But the ban is not woking all that well because Matt forgot to stop mum Julie, 49, from talking to the tabloid. She talked to the Sun back in February. The Mail quoted her:

“I hope they are as happy together after the win as they were before it.”

We learnt:

Julie’s own mother, Betty Gordon, 84, said her daughter was ‘selfish’, adding that she would never see any of Matt’s new fortune.  Mrs Gordon told The Sun: “Matt wanted to live with his dad and Julie just stopped speaking to him. She hasn’t spoken to me or her sister for six years She just cut herself off from the family. Julie has hurt my grandson too much. If she thinks she’s getting anything out of this she’s mistaken.’

In a further twist, Brian and Stepheny Topham now live only five doors down from the home of Mrs Gamble and her husband Jason in Stapleford.

Today, those five doors have become seven doors. Mother and son seem to be moving apart in small steps.

Across pages 4 and 5 of the Sun , Julie tells her story. She holds aloft a photo of her boy when he was a lad with a Mr Logic haircut and pocket money burning a hole in his shorts:

Anguish … Julie holds a photo of £45m Euromillions winner Matt Topham aged ten

It goes on:

EUROMILLIONS winner Matt Topham has banned his mum from his life — and warned she will never meet his future kids.

Lumme! £45m buys a lot of gates and boarding school.

Heartbroken Julie, 49, wrote a letter attempting to heal their seven-year rift after the decorator and his fiancee scooped a £45million prize.

Is he still a decorator? If he is, is he doing it for love? Is he one of those sad sacks who stick to his job no matter what the gilded alternatives?

But Matt, 22, of Stapleford, Notts, flatly rejected her final attempt to patch up their bitter feud.

Matt… It’s your mum, you banker-loving twa…

Julie wrote Matt a loving three-page letter after he landed the jackpot in a draw last month.

Three pages, Matt. Have a heart, you rich basta……

She wished him happiness, but was shocked when he sent a curt note banning her from his life and saying she would never meet his future kids.

Over three pages she wished you happiness, Matt. And you just replied with a note, probably written by your butler.

Julie, who insists she wants none of her lad’s new-found fortune, said: “Whatever Matt says I will always love him as a son. But as far as he is concerned I don’t exist. He made it clear he never wanted to hear from me again and said if he has children then I won’t see them. He said he doesn’t want me in his life, or his fiancee Cassey’s — nor their future children. His letter reads as though he hates me. But how can he hate me when he doesn’t even know me any more?”

Helpfully, Matt can read about his mum in the Sun . He can cut out the big photo of her and stick it into his big wallet.

Office worker Julie lives seven doors down from the house where Matt chose to stay with dad Brian after his parents’ marriage broke up.

And we’re off.

If Julie is looking for a new son, she could do worse than adopt Steven, the son to Angela Dawes and Dave Dawes, who won £101m on the Euromillions. Angela’s “bitter son”, 17-year-old Steven Leeman, of Wisbech, Cambs, told the Sun :

“As far as I’m concerned, I don’t have a mum.”


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