Boris Becker and ex wife Barbara’s son Elias, 22, says his parents’ divorce was ‘for the better’ and he had a ‘great childhood’ as he’s named one of Britain’s most eligible people by Tatler
- Boris Becker and ex wife Barbara’s son Elias appears on Tatler’s December cover
- He talks about his childhood and growing up with his German tennis ace father
- The 22-year-old also speaks about parents’ divorce when he was just a year old
The son of Boris Becker and his ex-wife Barbara has insisted his parents divorcing when he was just a year old was ‘for the better’ after he was named one of Britain’s most eligible people by Tatler.
Elias, 22, based in London, added that he had a ‘great childhood’ in an interview with the British society bible as he appeared on its December cover.
German tennis ace Boris and German-American fashion designer Barbara divorced in 2001, after eight years of marriage, but their pair, who share two children, Elias and his brother Noah, 27, have remained on good terms.
Speaking about their split, Elias told the magazine: ‘You understand that people have their own emotions and own needs, and sometimes people don’t fulfil those needs any more… They probably did it for the better.’
Elias Becker, 22, based in London, said he had a ‘great childhood’ in an interview with the British society bible as he appeared on its December cover
He also recalled how his father’s fans would interrupt family days out to bombard them for pictures.
‘I learnt from my parents not to stress about that [sort of] thing. It’s just what people do,’ he said.
‘They appreciate you because you’ve achieved great things and they’re inspired by you. I always see that as a positive.’
He also mentioned visiting Wimbledon with his father, who is a three-time Wimbledon champion.
German tennis ace Boris and German-American fashion designer Barbara (pictured with their son in February 2020) divorced in 2001, after eight years of marriage, but their pair, who share two children, Elias and his brother Noah, 27, have remained on good terms
Elias said: ‘It’s nice to come back to the place that was his playground, at a time when he spent a lot of time winning. Like, damn, this is heritage for my family. It’s kinda cool.’
It’s no surprise model, DJ and actor Elias was snapped up by Select Model Management shortly after moving to London from the US.
The 22-year-old, who is is studying film-making at Roehampton University, previously revealed how his father moved him into his South-West London home.
He added he has since copied the daily routine that helped his father become a tennis champ – starting with 50 press-ups
DJ and actor Elias (pictured) was snapped up by Select Model Management shortly after moving to London from the US
‘He gives me advice and he gives me routines every day. He tells me what he did when he was my age and I just copy his schedule,’ Elias told Mail Online’s Sebastian Shakespeare.
‘So I wake up at 7am and I do 50 push-ups and then I go back to sleep for an hour.
‘Then I wake up and I do yoga for 30 minutes and then meditation with my dad and then we eat breakfast and we talk about our goals for that day. At night it’s a similar thing.’
Boris’ divorce from first wife Barbara is said to have cost £12.5million in cash, £2.4million in fees, and their marital home in Miami. He has also supported children Noah and Elias.
Boris Becker and his son Elias Becker attend the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Chelsea FC and FC Bayern Muenchen (Bayern Munich) at Stamford Bridge stadium on February 25, 2020 in London
Boris fathered daughter Anna, 17, with Russian model Angela Ermakova, following a staircase tryst at London’s Nobu restaurant, while ex-wife Barbara was pregnant with the couple’s second child together, Elias.
Find Tatler’s Little Black Book in full in the December issue, available via digital download and on newsstands now
Boris disputed paternity on hearing of Angela’s pregnancy, but a DNA test in February 2001 proved that he was the father and he agreed to support Anna – now a budding model – and obtained joint custody in November 2007.
Meanwhile, Boris also split from his second wife Lilly – the former couple announced their separation in May 2018, after nine years together.
Father-of-four Boris wed his Dutch second wife in Switzerland in 2009 and they had a son, Amadeus, the following year. The 53-year-old is currently dating Lilian de Carvalho, who is in her 40s.
Boris was declared bankrupt in June 2017 over a debt of £3.34million owed to a private bank.
He is the fifth highest on-court earner in tennis history, having built up a massive fortune since first winning Wimbledon aged 17.
But it was his action off the tennis court that left him millions in debt and facing the prospect of having to abandon his commentating duties.
Find Tatler’s Little Black Book in full in the December issue, available via digital download and on newsstands now.
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