In the Traveller tradition, Tyson Fury’s children are allowed to leave school at the age of 11 if they like.
As a result of a meeting at the tender age of 14, Fury and his wife Paris had six children; Venezuela, 12, Prince John James, 9, Prince Tyson II, 4, Valencia, 3, and a preterm infant Athena. After Paris insisted on keeping the tradition going, Venezuela has already graduated from school.
“We finish school at primary age, which is the traditional traveller way,” she 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.”
It was made clear in their documentary in 2020 that Fury and Paris had divergent views on how best to educate their children. Dillian Whyte will challenge Tyson Fury for the WBA heavyweight championship in London’s O2 Arena on Saturday night. Paris continued, “I and Tyson have discussed the possibility of the children attending to school. We have never done this before, but Tyson wants the boys to attend to school. That is not something I support.”
“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.”
Paris and her husband have not ruled out the possibility of having a seventh child, they have both been devastated by two miscarriages in the past. “Very sadly we lost two babies which was just devastating to both of us and my heart goes out to anyone who has suffered the same,” she said last year.