Masterchef star Gregg Wallace reveals he was sexually abused by a family friend when he was just eight years old

by Lynn Connolly

Masterchef star Gregg Wallace has revealed that he was sexually abused when he was just eight years old.

Speaking to The Sun, Gregg explained that he fell victim to his babysitter’s perverted husband, who made him feel as though he was to blame for the abusers attacks.

The chef said, “I felt ashamed as if I was complicit. I should have told somebody. Something should have been done about it.”

Gregg also recalls the horror of the abuse in his autobiography, Life On A Plate, an extract of which is in the paper today.

Gregg revealed that his babysitter’s husband kissed him after saying he would “show you what happens when you get a girlfriend”.

He then forced Gregg to fondle him like “the girlfriend does to you”…

The extract from the book reveals that his evil abuser was called George. Of him, Gregg writes, “George loved watching us play our soldier games and we spent hours talking.

“I was more than happy to spend time with him, until one rainy Monday afternoon.

“His wife was out and George said, ‘Gregg, come here and I’ll teach you what happens when you get a girlfriend’. He knelt down.

“Before I had a chance to ask what he was on about his hot stinking tobacco breath was in my face, his lips were stuck on mine and he was poking his tongue into my mouth.

“‘Well done, Gregg,’ he said. ‘Now I need to show you what the girlfriend does to you. Give me your hand.’

“I didn’t move my hands. I just looked down at them, wondering what I should do. He grabbed my right hand tightly and, in one swift movement, shoved it down his pants.

“‘Don’t you dare tell anyone, now,’ he said, his face falling seriously. ‘I mean, you don’t want to cause trouble for me, do you now? Do you?’

“A few days later babysitter Bernie popped to the shops again and I was on my own in the living room when George appeared at the door.

“‘I’m going upstairs to lie down,’ he said. ‘Come up with me, Gregg.’

“Then he disappeared. I just kept watching the telly, but not hearing the sounds or really seeing the pictures. I felt frozen to the sofa.

“Later on Bernie came back, and George caught me on my own for a few seconds. His face was dark. ‘You’ve let me down there, you know, Gregg,’ he said grimly.

“I blinked away some hot, unexpected tears.”

You can of course read the rest of the story in Life On A Plate by Gregg Wallace, which is published by Orion. Price £18.99.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.