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Andrew Freddie Flintoff, an award-winning cricketer, is a family man at heart. She met him while Rachel, who owned her own marketing business at the time, while she was out for a work event in 2007. I thought he was the funniest guy I had ever met. He grabbed my mobile number and texted me a couple of times, and we sat down for a drink.
Rachael told the Daily Mail that despite her husbands popular nickname taking off in the press, he will always be Andrew, a husband and father, rather than a sportsman and a celebrity.
Flintoff has spoken out in the media about his struggles with depression and bulimia. In a move that was well ahead of his time, he revealed to the Guardian in 2012 that he was struggling with his mental health while captaining the England team in the 2006-07 Ashes, which became famous for heavy drinking and poor cricket results.
Flintoff recalled sitting in the dressing room after winning a one-day international in the West Indies. "I didn't want to do anything except sit on my own in the corner." He has since become an advocate for mental health. In 2020, he aired his story in the BBC One documentary Freddie Flintoff: Living with Bulimia.