- Cristiano Ronaldo has opened up about the tragic death of his newborn son earlier this year.
- Angel died during childbirth in April but was survived by twin Bella.
- “I never felt to be happy and sad in the same moment,” Ronaldo told Piers Morgan.
Cristiano Ronaldo has opened up about the tragic death of his newborn son earlier this year.
Ronaldo and his partner Georgina Rodriguez announced that were expecting twins – a boy and a girl – in October 2021.
Sadly, however, the boy, Angel, died during childbirth in April of this year. The girl, Bella, survived.
Speaking publicly about Angel’s death for the first time, Ronaldo told Piers Morgan in a preview clip of their upcoming interview on TalkTV: “It is probably the worst moment that has passed through my life since my father died.
“When you have a kid, you expect that everything will be normal, and when you have that problem, it’s hard.
“As human beings, me and Georgina, we had quite difficult moments, because we don’t understand why it happened to us. It was difficult, to be honest, it was very, very difficult to understand what’s going on in that period of our life.”
—Piers Morgan Uncensored (@PiersUncensored) November 15, 2022
Ronaldo added that it was extremely difficult to deal with the conflicting emotions of having one child die and another survive.
“I never felt to be happy and sad in the same moment. I never felt. It is hard to explain,” he said.
“So difficult. It’s, you don’t know if you cry, you don’t know if you smile because it’s something that you don’t know how to react.
“You don’t know what to do to be honest. And of course I remember very well that I looked like — I don’t know the word to define what I felt in that moment. But it’s crazy feelings, it’s crazy emotional.”
Ronaldo’s full interview with Morgan will air on TalkTV across two nights on Wednesday and Thursday.
In already-published excerpts from the interview, Ronaldo took aim at Manchester United and the club’s manager Erik ten Hag.
Ronaldo has featured sporadically for United under Ten Hag since the Dutch coach took over in the summer and has twice left matches early, even refusing to play in one, after being named as a substitute.
He told Morgan that he “doesn’t have respect” for the United boss and that he feels like he is being forced out of the club.
“I don’t have respect for him because he doesn’t show respect for me,” Ronaldo told Morgan. “If you don’t have respect for me, I’m never gonna have respect for you.”
Manchester United did not immediately reply to Insider when asked about Ronaldo’s comments.