For her, the pain is still raw; her parents split up only two years ago.A beautiful young woman, she is still quietly troubled, sometimes tearful. Unusually, Darryl agreed to speak alongside his parents, two seemingly responsible people who met through their work with the Salvation Army.Her parents, David and Claire - an IT consultant and schools' administrator - don't seem to understand the depth of her wretchedness and can't convincingly explain why all that she knew and loved was torn down. Daisy herself appears fearful of getting to the bottom of things, perhaps because she knows there is ugly stuff down there. It was, she fears, the expense and challenges of child-rearing that led to the collapse of the relationship.'When I was ten, they told me the time was right [to split], but I thought: “I don't think it is, this can be sorted out”,' he says - a typical reaction among children, unwilling to accept the finality of a decision way out of their hands. Did his parents worry about the effect the split would have on their son? I know I worried intensely about how the loss of a father would affect him, and whether he would go off the rails. Both of them appear awkward and uncomfortable, perched at opposing ends of the sofa, avoiding eye contact while Darryl presses them as to why they broke up his family. Their story is left unresolved, but at least poor Darryl finally accepts that there is no going back.
PUNE OFFICE: Bramha House, Above Bikaner Sweets, Near Kohinoor Restaurant, 250/251, M. Lie was piled upon lie, until a bewildered young Natasha, from Rainham, Kent, returned to live with her father several years later, still none the wiser as to what on earth had really happened to fracture her family.It is Daisy Merriman, a 16-year-old from Witney in Oxfordshire, to whom my heart went out most urgently.Indeed, a third of British children now live with only one of their parents.Now in his 40s, he says the split of his parents when he was 16 cast a long shadow over his life, resulting in years of therapy.