James Cracknell has branded his wife "annoyingly forthright" but insisted they're still mates as he thanked her for her brutal honesty.
The Olympian and Boat Race winner also hit out at speculation about why his 19-year marriage to Beverley Turner has ended.
James said he knew his ex was writing the piece for The Times , in which she claimed that he had changed significantly after his brain injury and put his family on the back burner to succeed at Cambridge University and win the Boat Race.
She had added the belief James was competing in the boat race and studying at Cambridge was to show his children anything was possible was "b******s."
In response, James compared his life to a "three legged stool", saying his marriage ended long before he picked up his oars.
And now, he's spoken out again, insisting he has never wanted to "oppress" his wife.
Sharing a picture of them together, he wrote on Instagram : "As @bevturner_thatsme said it’s been quite a week, Sunday was an amazing day & the rest of the week has seen a lot of speculation about why our 19 year relationship ended last year.
"I knew Bev was writing the piece that appeared on Monday I married an annoyingly forthright & opinionated woman & I have never wanted to oppress that in her. As you can see we are still mates and her brutal honesty has always helped me but never more so than when I was getting back to full mental and physical health.
"Sunday showed I’m there physically & I’ve gotta hit the books to show my faculty that I’m there mentally. I’ll support Bev 100% she’s heading out with mates tonight & I’m home with the kids! Back to reality"
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