Alison Hammond shares hidden Muhammad Ali link as she regrets rude encounter

Alison Hammond made a bombshell revelation on Good Morning Britain today – her dad used to be Muhammad Ali’s bodyguard whenever he visited the UK.

Though Alison was only a child at the time, she remembers going to watch the American boxing legend fight – and even being sat on his knee aged four.

While discussing her new autobiography on GMB, Alison even confessed she was a bit rude to Ali, and told him “get off” and jokingly wishes she could go back in time and say sorry.

But he must have done something right as she was actually named after him.

Alison, 46, said: "I mean can you believe it? They weren’t just mates, he [my dad] was his bodyguard so every time he came over to Birmingham my dad would be looking after Muhammad Ali, the legend and the icon that he is.

"But the thing is, I can remember it like yesterday, I can remember Ali grabbing me and cuddling me – ha no he didn’t punch me, I might have punched him! I was literally like can you get off me, please?

"I wish could go back in time and apologise!"

In other news, she has admitted she suffers from PTSD in an emotional interview with Lorraine Kelly.

Lorraine remarked that Alison is a "very happy" person, as reflected in the new autobiography – which is when Alison admitted she "isn't hurting anybody" with her own weight.

Turning the conversation to the bullying Alison endured at school, Lorraine said: "You got called horrible things at school, just because you happened to be a little bit overweight."

She added: "When I was a kid, some of the kids used to say, 'I didn't realise elephants were brown'.

"And since then I've had this thing about elephants. Any time I heard the word elephant I was like, 'Oh, are they talking about me?'

"It was like PTSD."

Lorraine was her usual sympathetic self as she reassured Alison that she's a TV icon for the ages – and to not let any trolling get to her.

"That's horrible. That is absolutely awful," she said.

Alison responded: "But do you know what? I was good with the banter and I used to give a bit of comedy and then they'd leave me alone. So I was quite good with that."

"That's so interesting, the amount of people that do that as a defence, it's like a sword and shield," Lorraine commented.

Fans online immediately flocked to social media in support of Alison for being so candid, as one wrote: "Alison Hammond is one of my absolute favourite people on TV. Her laugh is infectious! I've all the time in the world for her #Lorraine."

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