DANNY Dyer has opened up about a “toxic” rift that forced him to stop speaking to some members of his family.
The 44-year-old actor, who plays Mick Carter on BBC One’s EastEnders, said the aftermath had gotten so bad he’s since cut ties with some of his relatives.
The soap star explained that as he rose to fame, relationships with certain family members became more tenuous.
Speaking to Sorted with the Dyers, Danny said: “I have rifts in my family, I have a big ol’ family and there’s been a lot of arguments over the years – sort of aunts, uncles, cousins, people I don’t really talk to anymore with … there are many of us.”
The TV favorite then recalled moments from his childhood when his family was close.
“It’s weird because we kind of all grew up together and back in the ’80s it was a whole different world, it was more family oriented,” he said.
“We all went to my grandma’s on a Saturday and she made 46 roasts.
“There was a big square outside and we all went out there to play and went back to my grandma’s house.
“It was a family … but as you get older and it gets more complicated, you start to fall out.”
The star pointed out that his career may have played a fundamental role in the dispute.
He continued, “I suppose I went down the stage to be famous and all that obviously affects the people around you.
“It’s pretty intoxicating, you have people either cheering you on or people thinking your shit doesn’t stink, but it can come from your own frigging family.”
Danny also dropped another bombshell when he opened up about his horror after accidentally stealing more than £100 worth of petrol.
He was shocked to receive a letter saying he had pulled out of a forecourt without paying.
Refusing to believe he had done anything wrong, he called the police and fraud police – and even marched to the gas station.
However, he was later told he’d paid for his groceries – which included microwaved spaghetti bolognese and some sweets – but not the massive fuel bill.
The star said he received a letter from a company where he threatened to cart his stuff away if he didn’t pay.
He explained: “I got a letter in the mail and it was from a bailiff firm saying they were going to come over and start taking things from my house because I didn’t pay my gas bill.
Danny explained, “What happened is there’s a cashier who’s a bit of a fan of mine.
“That day at work, I bought a microwave spaghetti bolognese, some fizzy candy, and a chocolate and orange bun. I had a small shopping bag with me.
“He forgot to ask me if I bought petrol – so I drive off without paying £109 to fill up my car.”
He continued: “Now I didn’t sign that declaration form because I didn’t have to – but when they send it to the bailiffs they treat it as I promised to pay.
“You know who I am and I go in there often. They don’t say I’m fake. They say he’s likely to come back.”
He added: “I paid for it, I cleaned everything up. I walked out of that damn gas station with my dick between my legs and clutching this letter.
“I don’t think I’ll be going back, which is a shame as it’s a good gas station.”
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