Forty-three-year-old Brian Fields, who was named Britain's top butcher in 2009, was happily married with three kids when the rumors started flying. People in the Hull village of Anlaby, where he owns a famous butcher shop, Fields of Anlaby, started saying he had left his wife and children to take a male lover. The rumors had spread wide enough that one of his daughters allegedly came home from school asking about them. He says they were blatantly false—so he decided to do something to quash them.
He posted a lengthy sign in his butcher shop denying the rumor in no uncertain terms. He explained that he has nothing against homosexuality, but that he would never be unfaithful to his wife or family. He speculated that the rumors were started by someone jealous of his success as a butcher. Fields hopes his sign will stop them.
Here's his a transcript of his note to customers:
I would normally ignore stupid rumours and have done so for the last 3 months and have done in the past and I am use to it, I suppose it is the price you pay for being successful and in the public eye but I am afraid that nowadays there are some people that like nothing better to cause trouble and love to gossip, not caring whether it is true or not, it’s a bit of excitement for this and a sad reflection of our times.
But the rumour that I am gay and my wife is divorcing me has grown out of all proportion and it seems to be spreading everywhere, even to the school where my 3 young children attend. This is not fair on my wife and children as we all know children can be cruel and bullying can be a problem.
My wife and I are happily married, we have a happy home life and will continue to do so, but when my 7 year old daughter comes home from school and asks who she will live with if we split up and there isn’t even a problem, I think this is completely out of order and a disgrace and time for me to take a stand!
So please can you correct these people if they have already told you this rumour or if they try to pass the rumour on to you in the future, as this will help quash these stupid rumours, so my family and I can get on with our lives.
For the record I have nothing against people that are gay and believe that people should be left to live their private life, however they choose, without prejudice and without gossiping and that includes my family.
Please remind people that their small minded actions have consequences that affect other peoples lives.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP, BRIAN FIELDS