Tyson Fury’s seven children won’t go to school after 11 due to tradition

Tyson Fury will follow the Traveller tradition by granting his children the choice to leave school aged 11. Fury makes no secret of his upbringing and is proud of his heritage, reflected by his ring moniker, the ‘Gypsy King’. 

Fury met wife Paris aged 14, and the pair have seven children together: Venezuela, Prince John James, Prince Tyson II, Valencia, Prince Adonis, Athena and Prince Rico Paris. Venezula, 14, has already left school, deciding to cut short her education after Paris insisted on maintaining the tradition. 

“We finish school at primary age, which is the traditional traveller way,” Paris said. “We’ve just brought the tradition into the 21st century. Venezuela wanted to leave school and all her friends were leaving. Her tutor is going to keep her up to date with all of her tests. She will also be having piano lessons.”

While Fury tends to be very proud and outspoken when it comes to his traveller heritage, the WBC heavyweight champion would rather his children stay in school. Instead, it is Paris who pushes for the children to leave school early. 

“Me and Tyson have talked about the kids going to school,” she added. “Tyson wants the boys to go into education but I don’t; it’s just not what we’ve ever done. I was brought up as a Traveller and I want my kids to be brought up as Travellers. 

“They will probably leave school at 11 and they’ll be educated at home from then. The boys will take a wife and make their family and the girls will take a husband and make their family. Until they take a husband or wife they won’t be leaving the home and I wouldn’t want them to.”

In response, Fury said: “You say it’s something we’ve never done but I’m a precedent setter, am I not? Now I’ve set these laws and precedents, you watch how many will follow. 

“The parents of these kids, I call them dream killers. Just because something went wrong in their life you can’t pawn it off on your kids.”

Away from his family life, Fury is preparing to maintain his unbeaten professional boxing record when he faces Oleksandr Usyk to determine the undisputed world heavyweight champion. Fury will clash with Usyk, the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Feb. 17.

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