Inside Ronnie O’Sullivan’s family life as the snooker legend is banned from seeing his grandson
On the table, Ronnie O’Sullivan announced himself as arguably the greatest snooker player of all time, away from the table he lived a roller coaster life with his family.
Following his victory at the Crucible earlier this month, snooker stalwart Ronnie O’Sullivan further cemented his legacy as the sport’s greatest ever player after winning his seventh world title. O’Sullivan put in a hallmark performance to defeat Judd Trump 18-13 to become the most successful world champion of all time.
Alongside him at his World Championship crown were the Rocket family, as he was joined by his father Ronnie Sr and two of his children, Lily and Ronnie Jr, around the post-game table. Although he has his loved ones by his side, O’Sullivan’s family life has not always been easy.
Just days after winning in Sheffield, eldest daughter, 46, Taylor-Ann Magnus spoke to Mirror Sport about her broken relationship with her billiards sensation father.
Taylor-Ann has revealed she would never let the seven-time world champion see her three-year-old granddaughter, having only met her daughter a handful of times growing up. She said, “He’s not part of my life. I wouldn’t want someone like that around me and my child.
O’Sullivan dated Taylor-Ann’s mother, Sally-Ann Magnus, in the 1990s, but their relationship broke down after just two years. It’s just another chapter in the Rocket’s complicated personal life, which has been filled with drama since the snooker champion was young.
O’Sullivan was born in the West Midlands on December 5, 1975, to Ronald Sr and Maria, who owned a number of sex shops and adult stores around London – which led to his mother being jailed for tax evasion in 1996. The Rocket’s father also ended up behind bars after being sent to prison for murder in 1992, when the snooker legend was just 17 years old.
Despite the accusations, O’Sullivan apparently always considered his father a hero, even claiming The sun in 2016, he “hated” billiards and only played the sport so his father could watch him in prison. Eighteen years after his conviction, Ronnie Sr has been released for good and made an appearance alongside his son following his victory at the Crucible this month.
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revealing to Eurosport how special it was to have his father by his side for his crowning of the world championship, O’Sullivan said: “My father tells me the story of what it was like when I won my first world championship, he was in a cell on his own. The story was so different from this… for him to be here, to see her, my children to be here.
“Little Ronnie [his son] was really young and now he’s older and it was just nice to have them all here. They loved it, my dad had a great time here, the kids had a great time. I thought I would make another world final so I said [to his family] you might as well come down and experience it.
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Despite a broken relationship with her eldest daughter Taylor-Ann, O’Sullivan maintained closer ties with Ronnie Jr and Lily. Following his relationship with Magnus in the 1990s, the Rocket then dated Jo Langley – the mother of his two youngest children.
Things didn’t last, however, and after his split from Langley, he began dating actress Laila Rouass in 2012, before the pair got engaged a year later. Despite a long engagement, their marriage never came, and two months before his record world title win, O’Sullivan and Rouass announced they would be ending their relationship.