Hell’s Kitchen’s Gordon Ramsey
has been open publicly about his chaotic upbringing, writing in his autobiography, Humble Pie
, about his “hopelessly itinerant” early life. He says his father was an abusive “hard-drinking womanizer” and Ramsay moved out of the family home when he was just sixteen.
Although the poor souls laboring under him in Hell’s Kitchen
might quibble with how far he’s come for the “abusive” piece of his childhood, Ramsay has clearly worked hard to achieve the stability lacking from his youth.
Not all of his siblings, however, have managed the same, and his brother, Ronald Watson Ramsay, is currently on trial in Indonesian Bali for heroin possession. What’s more, his lawyer claims that Gordon Ramsay has ignored his brother’s please for help.
Ronald Watson Ramsay has been working as a private English instructor in Bali, and was caught in possession of 100 milligrams of heroin. He has claimed that he had the heroin for medical reasons, but he has thus far been unable to provide proof of this. Indonesia is notorious for taking a hard line with drug possession offenses and Watson Ramsay could face up to ten years in prison for the offense.
Erwin Siregar, Watson Ramsay’s Indonesian lawyer says it’s clear that he needs the support of his family, but, Siregar says that he has “contacted [the] family, sent them emails, tried to call them and sent them facsimiles - but up until now, there has been no response whatsoever from the family."
Viewers of Hell’s Kitchen who are familiar with Gordon Ramsay’s hostile demeanor might suspect this lack of contact is some form of heartlessness on his part. However, he has spoken out in the past about his and his family’s frustration with his brother’s drug use, saying, "I feel the pain, I feel it big time. I don't think that my mum at 60 should still be putting up with it. It is hard dealing with Ronnie. He is a major responsibility. It is like having an 18-year-old to look after."
- Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Source: Ireland Online, Yahoo News)