The mother of EuroMillions winner Matt Topham today begged her rich son for a reunion by declaring: “I may not like you, but I’ll always love you.”.
Julie Gamble, 55, insists she does not want any of her son’s £45million jackpot - just an end to their seven-year rift.
In a direct plea to her 22-year-old son, she said: “I’ll always love you, I may not like you, but I’ll always love you and I’ll be here if ever you need me.”
After her appearance on ITV’s Daybreak, Matt’s uncle branded the family row as “ridiculous.”
Earlier the estranged mum had admitted she would accept a handout from the painter and decorator if offered, but insisted she would immediately give it away to his siblings.
Matt struck lucky in February by winning the jackpot with his fiancee Cassey Carrington, 22
Julie, who wrote to him a few weeks after his big win but received a rejection note back, said of his win: “As I said before, my initial thoughts are - I don’t want anything. I don’t want anything off you Matthew, just you. You’re my son and I love you. “
But asked if she would accept cash from him, she said: “Somebody said to me, ‘Would that be classed as a snub because he’d be offering you an olive branch and you’re turning him down.’
“I thought yes, there is that side of it and that is the last thing that I would want to do.
“Then my neighbour actually came up with the ideal solution because I don’t want anything off my son except a relationship with him.
“My neighbour actually said, ‘Take the money, you’re not snubbing him and give it straight to Samantha and Craig.’ And that would be the ideal solution and that’s exactly what I would do.”
In the money: Cassey Carrington and Matt Topham celebrate winning £45million on the EuroMillions lottery
When told some people might suspect her attempts to contact Matt are financially driven, Julie replied: “I don’t blame anybody...maybe I’d have thought the same.
“I think the fact was that I’d waited two weeks and I had to write to Matthew to let him know the impact that it was having on our household; reporters knocking on the door, the children scared, opening a can of worms from the past which we didn’t want to relive again, and to basically let him know that I don’t want anything from him except a relationship from my son.”
Jullie said their rift started after she went through an acrimonious divorce with his dad and she moved out.
Two of her children stayed with her, while Matt decided to live with his dad. She said Matt had not been in touch since Christmas 2004.
Talking about the moment she found out about his lottery win, she added: “I was actually at work on the Thursday I think it was announced,”
“I had people phoning me up and one of the guys actually brought it up on the news that Matthew had won the lottery, Matt Topham and Cassey Carrington, and I said, ‘Oh my goodness that’s my son’.”
Alan Topham, Matt’s uncle, spoke outside his home in Ilkeston, Derbyshire this afternoon after watching Julie Gamble’s TV appearance.
He said: “It is all ridiculous. I watched the program this morning and saw Julie on the show.
“I know Matt and his mum and I have my own opinions about it but I am going to keep them to myself at this time.”
When asked whether he thought Julie’s pleas for a reunion were brought about by her son’s lotto winnings, Alan said: “No, absolutely not, but that is my opinion.”