Taylor-Ann Magnus (pictured as a child), now 25, said that her father and snooker legend Ronnie O’Sillivan is no longer a part of her life
The estranged daughter of snooker legend Ronnie O’Sillivan has vowed to never let the world champion meet his three-year-old granddaughter.
Taylor-Ann Magnus, 25, said that Mr O’Sillivan is no longer a part of her life and that she would not want him to meet her daughter, Zarah.
Speaking to The Mirror, Ms Magnus even suggested she would not tell Zarah about her famous grandfather unless she felt like she had to.
Mr O’Sillivan, 46, dated Ms Magnus’ mother – Sally-Ann Magnus – for two years during the 1990s, but their relationship did not last.
Taylor-Ann told the newspaper that she had last seen Mr O’Sillivan when she was either 17 or 18, and only a handful of times when she was growing up.
She was not among the millions of viewers who watched ‘The Rocket’ win his seventh world championship at the Crucible just days ago on May 2, she said.
‘I was 17 or 18 the last time I saw him and I forgave him within myself, although that doesn’t excuse what he did,’ she told The Mirror in an interview on Saturday.
‘The last eight years I’ve been quite happy. I’ve accepted he won’t be there and I’m OK with that. But since I had my daughter, I’ve thought “I really don’t want that person in my life”.’
Upon Mr O’Sullivan winning his record-equalling seventh world championship in the final against Judd Trump on Monday, emotional scenes from The Crucible showed him hugging his two other children – Lily and Ronnie Jr.
Ms Magnus said that she was once sent similar photograph by an acquaintance of her father and teenage siblings, but said that she happy that they are close.
His latest victory saw Mr O’Sillivan take home £500,000 in prize money. Since he began his career in 1992, he has won over £8.5 million, and is thought to be worth around £32million in total.
Taylor-Ann, meanwhile, works for a car park company, and lives in a rented flat in Romford, Essex, according to The Mirror. She told the newspaper: ‘I don’t want, or need his money and wouldn’t expect anything anyway.’
Should the Snooker World No. 1 ask to meet his granddaughter, Ms Magnus said she would refuse his request, and would only tell Zarah about him ‘as a pre warning’, before she found out for herself on the internet or at school.
It was first reported that Taylor-Ann would be having Mr O’Sullivan’s granddaughter in 2018. At the time, she said that she was left suicidal and struggling with a cocaine addiction after her father’s decision to block her calls and stop support payments.
Taylor-Ann Magnus said she was not among the millions of viewers who watched ‘The Rocket’ win his seventh world championship at the Crucible just days ago on May 2. Pictured: O’Sullivan embraces his two teenage children after his World Championship victory
The snooker star was said to have cut his £1,000-a-month maintenance payments after he branded his daughter a ‘cokehead’ who used him like a cash machine.
Despite checking himself into rehab in 2000 to deal with his drug and alcohol addiction, Ronnie offered no financial assistance for his daughter’s recovery.
In 2018, she accused her father of writing her off despite the people who had forgiven him his failings.
O’Sullivan stormed onto the snooker scene in 1992 at the age of just 16 and went on to win 74 of his first 76 professional matches – a feat that was accomplished despite the fact that his father Ronald had been sentenced to life in prison for murder at around the same time.
Putting aside family troubles that would also see his mother jailed for a year, the player beat Hendry to win the UK Championship in 1993 and went on to clinch his first world title in 2001 at the age of just 25, before he swept aside the opposition once again to take the biggest prize in 2004 and 2008.
Despite that threat to retire after that hard-fought 2012 victory, O’Sullivan returned to the Crucible theater in Sheffield to win once again in 2013, 2020 and last night, which was his record-equaling seventh title.
As early as 2011, O’Sullivan – who has battled both alcohol and drug problems as well as depression – summed up the agony of the expectations that surrounded him, revealing: ‘When you turn it on, it’s a great feeling, and when you ‘re not you feel like you’re letting people down.
Family together: O’Sullivan is seen with his father Ronnie Sr (far left), daughter Lily, son Ronnie Jr (right) and Fred Done, the owner of Betfred
‘You feel like you’re letting yourself down, you’re wasting your time, and nobody’s having a good time and they’re waiting for something to happen and it ain’t happening. That can be quite demoralizing sometimes.’
Those question marks were erased last Monday night when O’Sullivan saw off Judd Trump to equal Hendry’s Crucible record and continue building on a career defined by glory and controversy in equal measure.
For all those moments like the record-breaking five-minute maximum break he served up against Mick Price in 1997, there were reprimands and more admissions that gave a glimpse into his troubled mind, as he struggled to sustain the enthusiasm to chase down Hendry’s record that he always knew was well within his grasp.
Embracing him after his victory last night were his two youngest children, son Ronnie Jr and daughter Lily, along with his father Ronnie Sr – now aged 67 – who was released from prison in 2010 after serving 18 years.
The player had Ronnie Jr and Lily with Jo Langley, who he met at Narcotics Anonymous. O’Sullivan recently rekindled his relationship with fiancee Laila Rouass, after the couple split in February following ten years together.