Matthew Wright has announced his controversial plans to ditch his pregnant wife over Christmas for a two week holiday on his own.
The radio host and former Wright Stuff presenter isn’t a fan of the festive period and admits that he hasn’t bought anyone a card or a gift for the last 11 years.
The star, 53, says that even though his wife is heavily pregnant with their first child – following eight years of gruelling IVF treatments and six miscarriages – he’s still taking himself out of the picture this Christmas.
Writing for a guest column in Closer magazine, he said: "The meaning of Christmas may be about spending time with loved ones, but I have to admit I always spend the day on my own. My family is everything to me, but I’m just not interested in Christmas.
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Matthew spends Christmas alone every year
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"I hate the stress of it and the pressure to spend so much money on presents and food. So I take myself off somewhere for two weeks, fishing, without any friends or family.
"I’ve always been a loner and benefit a lot from my own company. I also haven’t bought a Christmas card or present for about 11 years."
He added: "My wife Amelia is pregnant with our much-longed-for first child – due on Valentine’s Day – but I’m still going to go away for a few weeks on my own. Amelia loves Christmas, so she spends it with her family, though she has put her foot down and said I’ll be spending the day with her and our baby daughter next year."
Matthew went on to say his wife had always been supportive of his choice to spend the festive period alone.
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He says Amelia understands
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And he insisted that despite his feelings, he still decorates his house for Christmas, by whacking a 12-inch pink plastic tree on top of a chest of drawers.
The Grinch-like Christmas update comes after Matthew said he wanted to be a stay-at-home dad when his daughter arrives in February.
Matthew, who recently stood down from his Channel 5 talk show after 18 years, told Hello! magazine: "I’m excited – and terrified.
"I’ve only ever held two babies in my entire life! Now I can envisage becoming the primary carer when Amelia returns to work."
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