William Roache, child abuse and past lives

Judging by his comments, I guess my disability is just a punishment for being a total badass in a previous life?

Share
Related Topics

Actor William Roache who plays Ken ‘not boring’ Barlow in Coronation Street has got into trouble for apparently suggesting that child sex abuse is a ‘result’ of what has happened in ‘previous lives’.

Asked for his views on Coronation Street co-star, Michael Le Vell, who has been charged with child sex offences, Roache told New Zealand journalist Garth Bray in a television interview: "If you accept that you are pure love, and if you know that you are pure love and therefore live that pure love, these things won't happen to you."

Bray responded: "To some people that sounds perhaps like you're saying victims bring things on themselves - is that what you're saying?"

Roache, who is a member of the Pure Love Movement, replied: "No, not quite, but and yet I am, because everything that happens to us has been a result of what we have been in previous lives or whatever."

He added "If someone has done something wrong, the law should take its course... whether they're proven guilty or not, we should not be judgmental about anybody, ever.

"We should all be totally forgiving about everything."

Roache issued an apology on Tuesday and said “I would never say that victims of sexual offences are in any way responsible for the abuse they have suffered and I offer my deepest apologies if anything I have said has been misunderstood in this way.”

I am not a survivor of child sex abuse, so it’s not up to me to decide if his apology should be accepted. But on the subject of people having ‘previous lives’, Roache has talked about his belief in reincarnation before in his autobiography Soul on the Street. So in the interest of fairness, let’s have a look at an excerpt just to make sure his views haven’t been misunderstood.

“I believe we all plan our lives before we incarnate. ...We may have made certain agreements with each other before incarnating, deciding to play certain roles in each other’s lives. It is all meticulously planned and nothing is overlooked and nothing is missed. To me, reincarnation is the only thing that makes sense of the apparent unfairness of birth. Otherwise, how do you account for a child that’s born into poverty in Ethiopia and dies of AIDS at two or three?....But when you understand about reincarnation, you understand that we are all spiritual beings undergoing experiences that are right for us at this time in our development. “

So according to Roache’s beliefs, a two year-old dying of Aids in Africa planned it. If I’d known this when watching Comic Relief, I would have pointed at the dying children being wept on by One Direction and said ‘Well, you did say that’s what you wanted! Harry Styles’ tears are just an added bonus, so chin up!’ Unless I’ve misunderstood Roache’s beliefs and if that’s the case, I offer my deepest apologies. Soz.

Roache’s views on reincarnation make Glenn Hoddle’s sound almost charming. Hoddle once suggested that disabilities are a result of “karma”. Which at least means I had no choice in being born a disabled woman in this lifetime. It was punishment for being a total badass in the previous one. Whereas according to Roache’s beliefs, I’d planned it all along. Perhaps I should change career and go into Event Management.

Roache last year hinted in an interview with Piers Morgan that he may have slept with up to a thousand women. Presumably, that’s just the ones in his current lifetime. I can’t help wondering about this.  If everything is ‘meticulously planned’ what made a thousand women meticulously plan to shag Ken Barlow off Corrie in their next life? What did they do in their previous one to think that would provide them with spiritual development? Was one of them Eva Braun?

Forget those ‘advance care plans’ where people write their wishes for how they want to spend their last days if they get ill. I’m going to write an ‘Advance Life Plan: The Next One’ which clearly states: ‘If I get knocked under a bus tomorrow, I don’t want to spend my next life under Ken Barlow. I’d rather have the bloke who plays Michael Moon in Eastenders. Signed, Victoria Wright’.

So I’d better get cracking on my plan, I suggest you all do the same, ladies. Don’t take the risk. Or in the next life, one of you might get lost in the fog and end up notch number 1001 on Ken Barlow’s bed post.

React Now

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Property Negotiator - OTE £20,000+

£16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This family owned, independent ...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - Spanish Speaking

£17000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - German Speaking

£17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - Japanese Speaking

£17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you are fluent in Japanese a...

Day In a Page

Read Next
Wilbur, the pig who thinks he's a dog (Dom Joly)  

My hilarious pet pig Wilbur is more popular than I am — so I'll let him bring home the bacon

Dom Joly
 

Amazon's new 'payment by the page' policy will just result in longer but likely worse literature

Katy Guest
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'