Freddie Flintoff: 'Working out is good for my mental health'

After I stopped drinking a few years ago, I don’t go out as much, so I get everything done in the morning. I do the school run, meet my friends in a coffee shop and then we’ll train together. I really enjoy it.

I don’t have a typical Saturday but, ideally, a lie-in would be super. Both of my boys [Corey, 12, and Rocky, 10] play cricket, so a lot of my weekends are spent watching them, and I take my daughter [Holly, 13] ice skating. I got a bit confident and was going too fast recently and completely face-planted. Embarrassing!

I love music more than I love sport. I worked behind the record counter at Woolworths when I was 16. It was when Oasis’ Definitely Maybe came out and The Verve were getting big. I’d have probably worked my way up to store manager if I’d have stuck around.

I like doing a bit of carpool karaoke when I’m on my own driving my car, but I’ve lost control of the radio at the moment to my kids. If it were my choice, I’d have Magic or Smooth stations on. I do sometimes like a bit of cheese, like MC Hammer. We all know that song [U Can’t Touch This] off by heart – we can all rap it.

I once got caught in the bath at Lord’s [cricket ground] by some fans. I’d retired and I was doing a speech in the evening so I got there early to get ready. The baths are amazing. But as I was having a dip, a tour group came through. I covered up, but they were just as shocked as I was!

I’m a bit old school with my aftershave – I still wear Joop. I bought some new stuff at the airport the other day, Chanel Bleu, but I’m just not sure it’s me. I feel like I’m doing the dirty on my Joop!

My favourite book is To Kill A Mockingbird. I did it at school for my GCSEs, but I’ve read it five or six times since. I’ve recently tried to read Harper Lee’s last book, Go Set A Watchman, but I got about three pages in and that was it, I couldn’t be bothered with it.

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