Ex boxing promoter Kellie Maloney: 'Relationships are the last thing on my mind at the moment'
'The thing I need to do at the moment is sort out my sexual identity, my sexual orientation isn’t important now'
Ex-boxing promoter Kellie Maloney has said she's not interested in finding love and she's preparing herself to grow old on her own.
"Relationships are the last thing on my mind at the moment. The thing I need to do at the moment is sort out my sexual identity. My sexual orientation isn’t important now," the 61-year-old told the Late Late Show.
Kellie, who went public with her new female identity in August said she decided to go public because she didn't want to leave Ireland and her family.
"My lawyer sat with me and said ‘look Frank, we’ve got to do something about this. Either go public or move out of the country. I didn’t want to move out of the country because my family are all here."
Formerly known as Frank, she had managed the career of late Irish boxer Darren Sutherland and had guided Lennox Lewis to the world heavyweight title.
Maloney, who was brought up a Catholic by Irish parents in the East End of London, said she had known she was "different" since childhood, and has undergone hormone treatment, hair removal, hair transplant, voice coaching and counselling.
She has also had her nose remodelled, her Adam’s apple removed, and her forehead lifted.
Kellie said she received warm support from the public when she went public with her new identity.
"I got an email form a young girl whose father was a transexual, he committed suicide because he couldn’t handle it."
Kellie's family have also been very supportive, even her ex-wife.
"They’re all very supportive now which is great for me"
I was very surprised how the boxing fraternity reacted…they’ve all been very supportive. The only ones are the idiots who need a couple of bottles of Stella and go on Twitter. They don’t say it to my face."
"I had told them [her children] previously [before the story appeared in the newspapers] because I was worried it would come up."
"She’s [ex-wife] now my ex-wife. I knew it could never work because of the situation but we decided to stay friends."
On the Late Late Show tonight, her daughter Emma said: "It was relief at first because I knew something was wrong. We were vey close and I spent a lot of time working with dad. I knew there was something happening. I didn’t know what."
"I felt relief that he was still fit and healthy and not my worse nightmare that he was ill and wasn’t going to be around."
"It was my dad in a box or my dad in a dress and I was going to go with my dad in a dress."