EXCLUSIVE James Haskell takes a swipe at estranged wife Chloe Madeley and claims he has no money to give her in their divorce because he’s been ‘cancelled too many times’
James Haskell has hit out at his estranged wife Chloe Madeley and joked that she won’t be getting any money when they divorce.
The former rugby union player, 38, spoke out about his marriage as he appeared in Bath on Friday for the last of a 17-show run of World Cup Afterparty: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – a live version of his rugby podcast.
Joined by podcast co-hosts Mike Tindall and Alex Payne, the athlete opened up about his relationship with Chloe – from whom he split in September – saying she is unreasonable, overly critical and insensitive, and unfair in arguments.
He went on to joke he’s been hiding all this money offshore to avoid having to pay out to Chloe, 36, in their divorce before claiming that he actually had no money left at all for her because he had been cancelled so many times since the split.
James began the two-hour show with a rant about the divorce, addressing the audience by saying: ‘First of all, ladies and gentlemen, I can see some of you doing it already very unsubtly – please, no filming of this show. I’m in the papers enough at the moment!’
James Haskell took a swipe at estranged wife Chloe Madeley as he joined podcast co-hosts Mike Tindall and Alex Payne for the live version of his rugby podcast in Bath on Friday
James with Chloe in 2019. In his live show, he joked that he’d been hiding all this money offshore to avoid having to give her a payout in their divorce before claiming that he actually had no money left at all for her because he had been cancelled so many times since they split
He continued: ‘Please don’t film it, post it up on social media. What happens now is that whatever I say goes out of my mouth and into your own personal filters. And some of you, you may have had a bit of a troubled childhood, or get offended very easily.
‘I don’t want you to reflect on what I say and think you’re offended and then posting that up. Because I need the cash because I am about to lose half of it.
‘It’s true. That is if she (Chloe) can find it. I always forget where I put it – the Cayman Islands, Switzerland. No, at the moment I haven’t got a pot to p**s in.’
Mike then jumped in to joke: ‘I love the fact you think you are clever enough to hide your cash,’ as James replied: ‘It’s just the stuff I bag under the bed. The amount of times I have been cancelled, I haven’t got a pot to p**s in.’
Moments later, James sets up an anecdote about his friend Mike – who is married to Princess Anne’s daughter Zara – seemingly with the sole purpose of having an unsubtle pop at Chloe again.
He began: ‘Mike’s personality, actually as Zara told us, is “annoyingly honest Mike”. He sounds like a great person, but he’s not. He comes out after eight bottles of rosé and three bottles of red wine.
‘Then he basically tells you everything that you have ever done wrong and where you have gone wrong with complete disregard for any sensitivity – or anything he has ever done wrong – and also is completely out of context. And he won’t be reasoned with and he will not be argued with, right.’
After a short pause for dramatic effect, James continued: ‘Sounds like my wife actually’.
He then corrected himself to say: ‘Ex-wife actually,’ before adding: ‘No. It’s not official yet. Don’t put that in the papers.’
Later on, James recalled a story where he had ‘to go and meet a lawyer who is a friend of mine’ before adding ‘He’s now more of a business partner’ – a reference to the large amount of time he has recently spent with divorce lawyers.
While James had no issue making subtle jibes at his estranged wife, the pair have continued to live together while they co-parent their daughter Bodhi, 16 months
While James had no issue making subtle jibes at his estranged wife, the pair have continued to live together while they co-parent their daughter Bodhi, 16 months.
Taking to Instagram this week, the personal trainer revealed they had enjoyed a pub lunch date as she shared a snap of the pair out with their daughter.
Chloe announced in September that she and her husband had separated after five years, just days after their tumultuous relationship played out on her reality series Chloe Madeley: A Family Affair.
Last week her father Richard Madeley, 67, said he was proud of how the couple have handled their split.
‘It’s a very civilised, grown-up situation,’ he told the Daily Mail at the Christmas At Kenwood light trail in Hampstead, north London.
‘We’re still family. The split between James and Chloe is all very amicable and they’re getting on really well.’
He added of his son-in-law: ‘He was round the house three or four nights ago having a drink, and we’re all having Christmas lunch together.’
Chloe told The Sun at the same event: ‘I’ve already booked all of the adults in our family to see The Nutcracker. We’re all spending Christmas together and James will be there.’
And despite the split, Chloe revealed she’s planning a second series of her ITV2 reality TV show, saying: ‘We’ve pitched it and are waiting to hear. While it’ll be focused primarily on me, everyone will still be involved, (my) parents and James because we co-parent very well.’
James and Chloe with her parents Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan. Last week, Richard said he was proud of how the couple had handled their split
The couple released a joint statement in October after appearing in public without their wedding rings
The couple, who married in 2018, first fuelled speculation about a split after Chloe emerged without her wedding ring as she partied with friends
Prior to their split, Chloe told James on their reality TV show that she was ’embarrassed’ after her followers tagged her in photos of him surrounded by bikini-clad women in Ibiza
The couple, who married in 2018, first fuelled speculation about their split after Chloe emerged without her wedding ring as she partied with friends – shortly after James was pictured chatting to a mystery blonde outside a London nightspot.
Chloe confirmed she had split from James in a joint statement released in October on Instagram.
In it, the couple announced: ‘Chloe and I mutually decided separate at the end of September, 2023.
‘We had not planned on releasing a statement at this time – certainly not while the television show was airing – but constant speculation about our marriage has, unfortunately, forced our hand.
‘Beyond this statement, we will not be speaking about this matter publicly, and we would request privacy at this time.
‘Our sole focus now is our beautiful daughter. We shall continue to co-parent with nothing but love.’
Sharing his own statement to Instagram, James added: ‘It’s with a lot of sadness I write this post, but unfortunately, in the world we live in, it has to be done.
‘My priority is my daughter’s and Chloe’s happiness and security. For that reason, I won’t be commenting any further.’
Last month, Chloe spoke publicly for the first time about her separation, with the television personality reflecting on the end of their five-year marriage after the subject was broached by a fan on social media.
She later opened up further about the split and told how she was finally feeling ‘happy again’ after a difficult time.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline recently, Chloe spoke more about her ‘normal Christmas’ plan for the sake of her daughter Bodhi.
She said: ‘Christmas is going to be a real family affair, it’s going to be me, my mum and dad, Bodhi and James.
‘That will be nice because as much as possible, I want Bodhi to have a real sense of family and togetherness at Christmas and it’s important for both James and I to do that.
‘We don’t know how long that will be possible to continue doing, but we’ll do it for as long as we can.
‘I want Bodhi to not only have a strong sense of a mum and dad, but also a strong sense of family as a unit.’
And on being single at Christmas, she added: ‘People may find this hard to believe but I’m genuinely in a good space.
‘I think back on times in my life where I’ve achieved the most in terms of my career and I’ve been happiest most in my personal life, and it was always when I was single, so I’m not too nervous about the next chapter.
‘I’ve got Bodhi, who I call my “funnel of love”, I can just funnel love into her and get it back, so I feel pretty solid and secure and ok with it all.’
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