Ronnie O’Sullivan’s eldest daughter vows never to let snooker champ meet grandchild


World snooker star Ronnie O’Sullivan’s eldest daughter has promised she will never let him see his three-year-old grandchild.

Taylor-Ann Magnus hasn’t seen her famous father, who triumphed at the Crucible last week, since she was a teen.

The 25-year-old told the Mirror: “He’s not part of my life. I wouldn’t want someone like that around me and my child.”

Taylor-Ann’s mum, Sally-Ann Magnus, was in a relationship with the snooker champion for two years in the 1990s before they called it quits.

Since then, Ronnie has only met his daughter a few times over the course of her life.

Taylor-Ann says Ronnie will never get to see his granddaughter.
Taylor-Ann says Ronnie will never get to see his granddaughter.

Taylor-Ann said: “I was 17 or 18 the last time I saw him and I forgave him within myself, although that doesn’t excuse what he did.

“The last eight years I’ve been quite happy. I’ve accepted he won’t be there and I’m OK with that. But since I had my daughter, I’ve thought ‘I really don’t want that person in my life’.”

Taylor-Ann says if Ronnie ever asked to meet her daughter, Zarah she would refuse.

Ronnie, nicknamed The Rocket, won a record-equalling seventh title when he saw off rival Judd Trump last week – but Taylor-Ann says: “I don’t watch him. I didn’t know he was in the end as I don’t have social media. I don’t follow any of it.”

After Ronnie’s win, there were emotional scenes as the 46-year-old hugged his two younger children Lily and Ronnie Jr.

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Ronnie with Taylor-Ann when she was a little girl.
Ronnie with Taylor-Ann when she was a little girl.

Taylor-Ann said an acquaintance once she sent her a photo of her dad and her teenage siblings, who Ronnie has with his ex, Jo Langley.

She said: “It is what it is. I’m glad they have that relationship with him, even if I don’t have it.”

The snooker icon pocketed £500,000 in prize money for his latest victory and revealed that he plans to spend his winnings on a rigid inflatable boat to explore the Lake District.

Since the start of his professional career in 1992, Ronnie has scooped over £8.5million, winning seven Masters and seven UK Championships as well as a record 20 Triple Crown titles on top of the seven World Championships. He’s now estimated to be worth £32million.

Taylor-Ann, meanwhile, works for a car parking firm and lives in a rented flat in Romford, Essex. She said: “I do n’t want, or need his money from him and would n’t expect anything anyway.”

Ronnie O'Sullivan celebrated his world snooker title with his family.
Ronnie O’Sullivan celebrated his world snooker title with his family.

Taylor-Ann, who is no longer with Zarah’s dad, says she will only ever tell her daughter about her famous granddad if she has to.

She said: “It’s difficult. When she goes to school, and as the years go on, people could find things on the internet and approach her about it.

“When she gets older I might tell her as a pre-warning. I will cross that bridge when I come to it.”

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Last month, we revealed Ronnie is giving it another shot with Laila Rouass, 50. In February, she announced they were splitting after 10 years together.

Ronnie was approached for comment.

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