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Gogglebox’s Pete and Lynne McGarry ‘settled their foster child’s drug debt’ to ‘save a life’

Gogglebox stars Pete and Lynne McGarry once paid off their former foster child’s drug debt in prison, according to their son, George Gilbey.

George revealed on Chris Atkins’ A Bit Of A Stretch podcast that he had reached out to his parents to help a fellow prisoner, who they had previously fostered.

He himself had ended up behind bars for drink-driving in October 2019 and was jailed for three months, where he ran into the other inmate.

Admitting he feared for the man’s life, George, 35, rang his parents to help pay off the debt for him, explaining: ‘So he took out a debt with whoever was on that wing and they’ve hurt him that bad that his jaw was hanging off his face.

‘This is over a £20 drugs-debt so now I had to get involved. I couldn’t leave that. I said “Listen, stand back mate, I’ll have it in your account tomorrow.”

‘I phoned mum and said “Can you put twenty quid in his account so he can pay this geezer?”

George had stepped in to help after he recognised the former foster child in prison (Picture: Tim McLees/

‘I come out the next morning and he took a load more drugs off the bloke because I paid his bill.’

The former Channel 4 star also revealed that his parents sent in boxer shorts for the prisoners after hearing him say that many of them didn’t have money to buy them.

Pete and Lynne had fostered over 70 children across two decades, something which the couple say they ‘loved’ doing.

Lynne previously said, per The Sun: ‘It’s enhanced our lives so much. It’s very rewarding. I’ve just loved doing it.

The former Gogglebox and Celebrity Big Brother star’s family transferred the other prisoner £20 to pay off his debt (Picture: Channel 4)

‘I always say all you need to be a foster parent is a spare room, a sense of humour and a good heart.

‘I’ve just brought them up as my own. On Mother’s Day I get so many phone calls. They don’t forget you. A lot still regard me and Pete as their parents.’

George, who was also a finalist in Celebrity Big Brother, also admitted that he did find it hard in prison, especially being away from his four-year-old daughter.

He explained: ‘I think I was a stupid boy and I understand the repercussions of what I did. The last week, I was so anxious that something would happen to my little girl and I couldn’t be next to her bed. Anxiety levels went up 1000%.’

He also says he was honest to his daughter about where he had been, because he didn’t want someone else to tell her later in life.

George added: ‘She cuddled me and said: “Alright daddy I don’t mind you going to work – but don’t leave me again”. That’s what puts me off. I will never go to prison again.’


Credit: Original article published here.

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