Cliff Richard has put his home up for sale following police raids last August in relation to alleged sexual offences.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, singer and friend Cilla Black confirmed the £3m Berkshire property was now on the market.
“Cliff told me he’s just put the flat on the market,” said Black. “It’s the saddest thing for him, but he had to do it. He said he never wants to live there again. It’s awful. Cliff is not all right, not at all.
“He doesn’t want to go back there because he’s worried this is still hanging over him.”
“When the police raided it was an invasion of his privacy. I can’t even advise him because — my God! — though I’ve been through a lot, this is outside my experience,” she told the paper. “He will never, ever go back there again. I don’t blame him.”
In February this year, police confirmed that enquiries into “more than one allegation” of historical sex offences involving Cliff Richard had “increased significantly in size”.
Richard was first interviewed by police in relation to an alleged historical sex offence in August 2014. He has never been arrested or charged.
A number of items were removed from his Berkshire home following a police search of the singer’s property in August 2014. Richard denies the alleged offence, which the BBC say relates to an assault claim at a religious event at the Bramall Lane stadium in Sheffield in 1985.
Richard has repeated that he is unaware of the latest “absurd and untrue” allegations against him come from. “The police have not disclosed details to me,” he said in a statement. “I have never, in my life, assaulted anyone and I remain confident that the truth will prevail. I have cooperated fully with the police, and will, of course, continue to do so.”