The Truth About David Gilmour’s Stepson Charlie
Since Pink Floyd’s dissolution, David Gilmour has primarily been busy with spending his time with his family. Gilmour has one big happy family as he married twice, and he is the father of eight children. His four children are from his marriage to the model and artist Virginia ‘Ginger’ Hasenbein, and the other four are from his marriage to the writer Polly Samson.
Gilmour married Samson in 1994, and he decided to adopt Samson’s son Charlie. The couple also has three younger children named Joe, Gabriel, and Romany. Charlie’s voice can be heard at the end of Pink Floyd’s song ‘High Hopes,’ and the song’s lyrics belong to Gilmour and Samson.
Way back in 2011, when he was just 21 years old, Charlie Gilmour found himself in prison and spent 16 months in jail. After he got out, he got over this experience with the support of his father. Let’s learn the details of what happened back then.
Charlie Gilmour Spent 16 Months In Prison For Violent Disorder
Back in 2011, Charlie Gilmour was jailed for 16 months for violent disorder after swinging from a union flag at the Cenotaph in London during a student protest against tuition fees. He defended himself by saying that he was heavily on drugs at that time.
According to Charlie, he was struggling with being rejected by his biological father at that time, and he chose to use drugs to cope with this. Moreover, he was one of the youngest inmates as he was just 21 years old which must have been an unpleasant experience for him.
In 2014, Charlie returned to the prison to watch a concert by the charity Liberty Choir. The choir’s members included serving prisoners, and this had an effect on Charlie on an emotional level. So, he decided to invite his parents to watch the choir themselves.
The next year, the Liberty Choir performed the title single of David Gilmour’s ‘Rattle That Lock,’ and Gilmour eventually became the patron of the choir. According to the musician, this was a means of healing for the family.
David Gilmour Became The Patron Of Liberty Choir To Heal From This Experience
In a 2016 interview with the Guardian, David Gilmour recalled the incident which caused Charlie legal trouble. He stated that Charlie was mistaken for a girl when he hit the front page of the newspapers due to his long hair.
However, when it turned out that it was Gilmour’s son, people asked the musician whether Charlie was made an example as he was the son of a rockstar. Moreover, Gilmour said he felt the bond between him and Charlie since he was three, and they felt anger towards the injustice of the incident.
Gilmour then revealed that Polly Samson was quite anxious as she thought terrible things were going to happen to Charlie. So, Gilmour had to support his wife and convince her that everything will be fine to keep their sanity together. Following that, the Pink Floyd icon stated that he wasn’t surprised to see that Charlie went to the prison to watch the Liberty Choir perform. Gilmour then added that they went to watch the choir and found it amazing.
In the interview with the Guardian, David Gilmour said the following about his son Charlie:
“I have been asked whether they made an example of Charlie because he had a rock star father. The fact of the matter is that his first fame was a picture on the front page of a newspaper with the question, ‘Who is this girl?’ Because the picture of him swinging on the Cenotaph, with his long hair made them think he was a girl.
So the first time it hit the newspapers, it wasn’t connected to me. But, of course, as soon as it became known that it wasn’t a girl and it was Charlie and he was my son and everything, you know… I’ve been bonded to Charlie as his dad since he was three, so it was appalling and we were incensed with the injustice of it.“
He then continued:
“We were very concerned about his welfare. Polly’s vivid imagination led her to be convinced that terrible things were bound to happen. My role was to convince her that they were not going to happen, and they were very, very unlikely to happen. So I had to dig into my compartmentalization skills and insist to myself that there was no danger to him and that everything was fine, and to try to keep our family sanity together.
Actually, I wasn’t surprised when Charlie told me he was going back into Wandsworth prison to see the Liberty Choir. Nothing surprises me in that way about him because he’s a human being of extraordinary compassion. He’s a really good person. It is a very brave thing to do but then he’s a brave person.
Polly and I were both intrigued when he told us about it afterward, and we thought we’d go along to see what it was like – so we came to see the session with the big choir in the school and then into the prison choir, and found it amazing. What is clear is that Charlie has tried to do something good with his experience.“
Below, you can watch David Gilmour and the Liberty Choir perform ‘Rattle That Lock.’