Billy Connolly admits life at home was hell after abuse from aunts

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In an upcoming documentary, comedian Sir Billy Connolly, 80, admitted he is scarred after being “humiliated” by family members while growing up in Scotland. In the first episode of the second series of Gold’s Billy Connolly Does…, Billy reflected on his traumatic childhood in one of the poorest areas of Glasgow.

The star and his older sister Florence were raised from the age of four by their two aunties after Sir Billy’s young mother left their father for another man while he was serving in the Royal Air Force in Burma.

While reflecting on his heroes and villains from his childhood and 50-year career in comedy, Sir Billy revealed his dad’s sisters, aunts Mona and Margaret, made him fearful of returning home after school.

He claimed his aunts branded him “thick” and “stupid”.

He says in the episode: “My life at home was hell. There was awful things going on.

“I was being preyed upon and my aunt was a nightmare. If I went home from school, she’d be there. I couldn’t sit and do my homework with her roaming about.

“At six years old, I learnt a thwack on the hand or even a smack in the mouth is overrated as a pain creator – it’s not the worst thing you’re ever going to feel.”

He continued: “My aunties could f***ing inflict twice the pain without lifting their hands – by humiliation.

“All the time: ‘Stupid. You’re thick, you’re stupid.’

“To humiliate someone is a desperately bad and wrong thing; it’s worse than hitting somebody.

“Humiliation is for ever. It takes you so long to get over it; it takes your whole life.”

Sir Billy also claimed he faced physical abuse at the hands of his teachers in his younger years.

He said: “School was very violent indeed.”

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Describing one of the teacher’s treatment of him, the TV star claimed: “Her specialty was placing pencils under your knuckles, between your knuckles and the desk, so as to induce extra pain when she whacked you.

“She would thrash me for nothing, for showing interest in pigeons outside the window, for glancing away when she was talking.

“She was a sadistic b*****d.”

Billy Connolly Does… series two begins with episode Heroes And Villains on Thursday March 30 at 9pm on Gold.

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