Revealed: Freddie Flintoff’s wife was told to expect the worst

Revealed: Freddie Flintoff’s wife was told to expect the worst after Top Gear horror crash – as she rushed to be with him as surgeons battled to put England cricketer back together

Freddie Flintoff’s wife of 18 years was told to expect the worst following his horrendous crash on the set of Top Gear last year.

The cricketer was ‘lucky to be alive’ after his open-top car, which was capable of speeds of up to 130mph, flipped over in icy conditions in December.

The former England legend, who was performing the stunt without a helmet or airbag, suffered life-threatening injuries as his face was dragged along the tarmac. 

After being airlifted to hospital, he spent four hours on the operating table as surgeons battled to save him.

His wife Rachael, 42, who hurried to Surrey from the family home in Cheshire to be at his side, was told to expect the worst as medics tried to help him.

Freddie Flintoff has been seen for the first time since his horrific accident last year

The cricketer was 'lucky to be alive' after his open-top car, which was capable of speeds up to 130mph, flipped over in icy conditions in December

Medics spent four hours operating on the former England legend

Rachael, his wife of 18 years, was told to expect the worst

Flintoff's scars are visible as the former star quietly began working with England's fast bowlers

The England great has been working with the team at the Oval, the scene of his final Test when he dramatically ran out Australian captain Ricky Ponting to help England to Ashes success

So touch and go was his condition, his own young son admitted he was ‘lucky to be alive.’ 

Nine months later and the England all-rounder has been pictured back in his happy place: helping England’s cricketers out at the Oval as they prepare for their ODI World Cup. 

There are of course still signs of the terrifying ordeal the all-rounder has gone through. 

There is a scar stretching from the bridge of his nose to his chin, suggesting multiple reconstructive operations and skin grafts. 

The right side of his face also appears to show signs of nerve damage. His nose is still covered in gauze and the grazes on his face are still fresh.

Freddie’s wife Rachael who is a model and business entrepreneur has no doubt been his rock through the entire ordeal. 

The pair wed in 2005 at the glitzy Pavilion Road Hotel in Knightsbridge, London, on March 5, but because of Freddie’s work commitments, they were unable to enjoy a honeymoon shortly after their special day.

They now share four children, Holly, 17, Corey, 16, Rocky, 13, and Preston, two, who was named after the Lancashire city where Freddie grew up. 

Rachael, originally from Hayward’s Heath, West Sussex, set up her business Strawberry Promotions aged 19, with the firm supplying promotional staff for upmarket events.

Pictured: Flintoff and his wife Rachel (seen here on their 2005 wedding day)

The former England cricket star, 45, was no doubt supported throughout his ordeal by his family, including his wife of 18 years, Rachael, 42, who is a model and business entrepreneur. Pictured, Freddie, Rachael and their children Holly, Corey and Rocky in 2014

Freddie, who has returned to work with the England cricket team, keeps his family life mostly private - but the couple (pictured) have previously shared some details about their romance

The cricketer turned TV star furthered his self-appointed ¿Daredevil' role while on Top Gear

It was through her work in events that she met her husband at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in 2002.

She admitted to The Daily Mail in 2007: ‘He really wasn’t my type physically, because I always go for dark men, but I thought he was the funniest guy I had ever met.

‘He got hold of my mobile number and texted me a couple of times, and we met up for a drink, and I was pretty much bowled over by his charm.’

The couple welcomed their first child Holly in 2004, followed by Corey shortly after and Rocky in 2008.

Freddie was convinced that he and Rachael wouldn’t have anymore children after the arrival of their son Rocky.

In 2016 he said: ‘We thought about it. I originally wanted five but you have three and that felt like enough. I couldn’t go back to the nappy stage now.’

But in April 2020, the pair revealed that they had secretly welcomed their fourth child over Christmas 2019 and shared their youngest son’s name.

Rachael – who lives with her family in a £2.5 million home in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, according to The Sun – always refers to her husband as Andrew, never Freddie. She tried it once, she previously admitted, but he reacted like a scalded cat.

‘Freddie is a work name, as well as a bit of a joky name, and although loads of his mates call him Freddie, to me he’s Andrew, a husband and a father, rather than a sportsman and a celebrity.’

It is unknown which of any of Freddie’s former TV roles he will still do following the crash. 

Top Gear fans would have been able to enjoy their favourite stars driving on one of the world’s most iconic racetracks, battling through the sands of Morocco and welcoming old faces in the next series of the show if it had finished filming. 


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