Meet Freddie Flintoff’s family: How Top Gear star wooed wife Rachael despite ‘not being her type’
Posted by  badge Boss on Sep 11
Freddie Flintoff’s family live a lush life in Manchester (Picture: Getty)

has been spending time with his family since his horrific accident on car show Top Gear.

The former captain has not been seen since to last December while doing a stunt which resulted in a crash.

At the time Freddie, 45, was airlifted to hospital, to be collected, and the months later.

His crash shocked fans andby the BBC of the health and safety on Top Gear, following an investigation.

The to ‘We have sincerely apologised to Freddie and continue to support him with his recovery.’

Angela Rippon, a former presenter of the long-running show, told : ‘I think Freddie and his family decided this was an ask and a task too far and his life is more important than a television programme.’

He was involved in a car crash in December on Top Gear (Picture: James Marsh/Shutterstock)

Who is Freddie Flintoff’s wife?

Freddie, who’s real name is Andrew, keeps his family life fairly private and has been since 2005.

Their wedding took place at the upmarket Pavilion Road Hotel in Knightsbridge, London, on March 5, but due to Freddie’s work commitments, they didn’t have a honeymoon.

Rachael works as a model and entrepreneur and has done so since she was 19 when she started her events company Strawberry Productions.

Her family is from Hayward’s Heath, West Sussex, with a teacher for a mother and a civil servant father – she also has one brother.

She previously told the she never calls him Freddie, instead he goes by Andrew at home as the nickname is his professional identity.

Freddie and Rachael have been together for years (Picture: Rune Hellestad/Corbis via Getty Images)
They’ve been inseparable since meeting in 2002 (Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
They wed on March 5 2005 in Kensington, London (Picture: Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

The 42-year-old met Freddie at the Edgbaston cricket ground in 2002, at which she was holding an event.

In that same 2007 interview, she admitted: ‘He really wasn’t my type physically, because I always go for dark men, but I thought he was the funniest guy I had ever met.

‘He got hold of my mobile number and texted me a couple of times, and we met up for a drink, and I was pretty much bowled over by his charm.’

His charm clearly worked as the couple have now been together for over two decades and married for 18 years.

How many kids does Freddie Flintoff have?

Together Freddie and Rachael have four children, the youngest of which is just two years old.

The secret child was named Preston after and was born in April 2020, after the cricket legend said he didn’t want more kids.

Together they have four children (Picture:
The couple had a surprise baby in early 2020 (Picture: Richard Young/Rex)

‘We thought about it. I originally wanted five but you have three and that felt like enough. I couldn’t go back to the nappy stage now,’ he told in 2016.

Four years later their surprise son was welcomed to the world, joining their three other children; Holly, 17, Corey, 16, and Rocky, 13.

After his dad’s crash, Corey spoke out and said the presenter was

Corey added to the : ‘It was a pretty nasty crash. It is shocking. We are all shocked but just hope he’s going to be OK.’

Where does Freddie Flintoff live?

Freddie and the family moved into an impressive £5.25 million mansion in Hale, Greater Manchester.

He purchased the mammoth property in July 2021 from friend Phil Neville, who moved to the US when he became manager for David Beckham’s Inter Miami team.

The family live in Hale, Greater Manchester in a massive mansion (Picture: Chris Hyde – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images/Getty Images)

The six-bedroom home featured a swimming pool, cinema, gym, spa and even a steel-lined panic room.

While the house sounds dreamy, with a fabulous games room, apparently Freddie’s children preferred their old pad.

Their former Cheshire home was sold to ex-Man City footballer Benjamin Mendy, who put a tour of the refurbed house online.

‘My kids are so upset because it’s better than the house we’re in now – they want to move back!’ shared Freddie on talkSport Breakfast.

Mendy is thought to have put the home back on the market for £5 million last month following his legal battles.