heartbroken vicar reveals how he has been left questioning his faith after his wife of 16 years ran off with TV star Robson Green.
The Rev Geoffrey Short said he is battling to forgive the TV star and Zoila, the mother of his two children, for what he says they have done.
And he tells of the shattering moment the Sunday school teacher and Mother’s Union member sat him down in the kitchen of their vicarage and calmly confessed: “I’m leaving you for Robson Green.”
She revealed she had met the star in a gym. Rev Short, 57, said: “When she told me I felt anger, amazement. There are questions I’ll probably never get answers to. It’s just total shock, disbelief and sorrow.
“It’s very painful. Part of me feels amazed that this has happened. It was just totally out of the blue.
“Of course there is a lot of anger towards Green, but as a Christian I have to forgive. It’s made me question my faith, but I’ve got to stay strong.”
The bizarre unholy saga would not look out of place in an episode of hit ITV series Grantchester in which Green’s character Geordie Keating ironically teams up with crime-fighting vicar Sidney Chambers played by James Norton.
“Well, when we started with the LED screens it was the beginning of the internet age, so it was about data and information, how it was regurgitated, the feedback loops that were created by that. Now the whole world is consumed by the internet and the internet consumes us, so it’s very different. I think, right now, this particular iteration of the show, is more saying …” He pauses. “We’re all fucked,” he says. “We’re all fucked. Wouldn’t it be nice if these utopian tech companies could save us? But that’s not likely to happen, so we’re all fucked.”
“I think he’d be appalled,” he said. “And they actually can’t tell the story because the story’s wrong. He went through an arc in his life. There was a time [when] the way he worked with people was not good, and I saw that when I first worked with him. But people look at that dramatic part, and they’ll make a movie about that — and that’s not the story.”
Catmull believes the film missed the “aspect of the change of Steve”, which saw him become “an empathetic person”.
He is the latest in a string of figures who knew and worked with Jobs to express their thoughts on the film. John Sculley, who was Apple’s CEO and is portrayed in the film by Jeff Daniels, had mixed feelings.
But this film that he would like: first of all, it’s a perfectionist product,” he said. “Everything about it: the acting, the directing, the screenplay. But, I also think [he] would be a little bit hurt, because many people who never knew the young Steve Jobs could go away from this movie and think, ‘well I know Steve Jobs’. Well guess what? You don’t. Because that is not the complete Steve Jobs.”
While Steve Jobs gained mostly positive reviews from critics, it flopped at the box office, making just $22m worldwide to date. It’s still predicted to be a major Oscar contender, with pundits predicting nominations for Michael Fassbender as Jobs and Kate Winslet as marketing executive Joanna Hoffman.