Top Gear’s James May admits he used to be a ‘rebel’ who would wee on gravestones

Telly star James May has revealed used to be a rebellious choirboy who peed on gravestones.

The former Top Gear host is known for being quiet and mild-mannered but he admitted he was a “little s**t” growing up.

The 59-year-old, who presents The Grand Tour with Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond, told how he was a “horrible” schoolchild.

May revealed how he spent his teenage years in south Yorkshire, where he was a choirboy at Whiston Parish Church, Rotherham.

Speaking on the Comfort Eating podcast, May said: “As choirboys we were a bunch of little sh*ts. I mean, awful people.

“Fighting, urinating on gravestones, stealing things, singing at people’s weddings for 50p without a moments thought for the sanctity of marriage.”

He said he used to go “try it on at pubs” when he was underage and ask for pints of lager.

“You couldn’t quite reach the bar but you still get away with it, it was so exciting”, he said.

“You think you are going to get arrested and put in prison for drinking beer when you’re only 15, but of course you’re not – you’re just going to be told to p**s off.”

When asked what he was like at school, he confessed he would describe himself as “horrible”.

May, who attended Oakwood Comprehensive School in Rotherham, added: “I was daydreamy, belligerent, incredibly lazy and slightly subversive.”

It comes after the Grand Tour presenter confessed that his co-star Jeremy Clarkson does not like to share his food while working on set for the beloved car show.

The TV presenter revealed some of his colleague’s eating habits in a recent interview ahead of his appearance on Have I Got News For You on Friday (May 20).

When asked about his experience working with the Clarkson’s Farm stay, he confessed that there is an unspoken rule on set when it comes to mealtimes.

He said: “Well, we definitely don’t share out food. We both bristle a bit if there is somebody who says, ‘Shall I order a bit of everything for everybody?’”

The car fanatic described their chemistry on set as “irreplaceable” in an interview with The Mirror.

He told the outlet: “It’s something we don’t understand and it can’t be replicated, and it’s also very delicate.”

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