UPDATE: Piers Morgan speaks about Mo Farah lying to him on ‘Life Stories’

UPDATE: Piers Morgan speaks about Mo Farah lying to him on 'Life Stories'

Image of Mo Farah on July 27, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain. Credit: Maxisport/Shutterstock.com

Piers Morgan has spoken about how Sir Mo Farah knowingly lied to him about his history during the ‘Life Stories’ interview.

Tuesday, July 12 at 7pm

The internet and news outlets have been buzzing ever since Mo Farah made the revelations about his true identity. In May 2015, the Olympic legend sat down opposite Piers Morgan for one of his excellent ‘Life Stories’ interviews on ITV.

As Piers pointed out today, Tuesday, July 12, in The Sun, he always thoroughly researched the backgrounds of every guest before sitting down with them. Little did he realise that almost everything the athlete told him about his ‘life’ would turn out to be a fictitious pack of lies.

No wonder his first words to me when the cameras rolled were: “I’m really nervous because I’ve never talked about my life…”

As the legendary interviewer commented to the paper: “Thinking back to that show again today, it’s strange and uncomfortable to remember Mo tell me about being reunited with his father in London, and about his difficult relationship with him after that, knowing what I know now”.

Tuesday, July 12 at 1:59pm

In a BBC1 documentary, ‘The Real Mo Farah’, due to be broadcast on Wednesday, July 13, the four-time Olympic legend Sir Mo Farah reveals that he has been living a lie for decades. His real name is Hussein Abdi Kahin and he was smuggled into Britain illegally as a nine-year-old child.

He now fears that his UK citizenship could be stripped after revealing his truth, and admitting to lying about key details in his application, according to The Sun this Monday, July 11. The runner told the BBC programme that he was going to keep his assumed name.

“There’s something about me you don’t know. It’s a secret that I’ve been hiding since I was a child. I’ve been keeping it for so long, it’s been difficult because you don’t want to face it. Often my kids ask questions – ‘Dad, how come this?’ And you’ve always got an answer for everything, but you haven’t got an answer for that”, Mo bravely explained.

He continued: “That’s the main reason for telling my story because I want to feel normal and not feel like you’re holding on to something. To be able to face it and talk about the facts, how it happened, why it happened, it’s tough. The truth is I’m not who you think I am. And now whatever the cost, I need to tell my real story”.

The Olympian had always insisted that his father was born and raised in London, called Muktar, an IT consultant. His father met his mother when he moved back to the Somalian city of Mogadishu he always claimed. Later on, his father had moved back to Britain, with his son (Mo) following shortly after when the civil war erupted in Somalia.

In reality, his father was a man called Abdi who had been a farmer. He lost his life during the war when his son was aged four. This resulted in his mother packing him off to the safety of Djibouti. His twin brother Hassan was already in Britain, and his mother wanted him to join him.

“The hardest thing is admitting to myself that someone from my own family may have been involved in trafficking me”, admitted the running legend, referring to a mystery woman who allegedly smuggled him as a young boy illegally into the UK, where he was being sent to work as a servant.

This extraordinary revelation, ‘The Real Mo Farah’, can be seen tomorrow night, Tuesday, July 12, on BBC1.


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Chris King

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