Sir Cliff Richard has said his faith is stronger than ever as spoke to Sky News in his first TV interview since a police investigation into historical sex allegations.

He also praised the fans who have stayed loyal to him after he was accused of sexual abuse.

He said: It’s been difficult, but I’ve known all along that I have enormous support and so therefore it’s been a very helpful thing for me.

It’s difficult to explain how it felt, but now I feel fantastic and now I’m here back doing what I normally do and it’s just a wonderful feeling.

The 76-year-old, who was speaking as he prepared to present a Pride of Britain award, said he could not comment about reports that he was taking legal action against the BBC and South Yorkshire Police.

The BBC broadcast live footage of police searching the singer’s Berkshire penthouse while he was on holiday in August 2014.

It followed an allegation received by the South Yorkshire force.

Sir Cliff, who has always maintained his innocence, was never arrested or charged. The Crown Prosecution Service dropped the case in June this year due to insufficient evidence.

Speaking ahead of the awards ceremony, which honours brave Britons, he added: This is all part of my therapy, so I’m coming out of it really well.

When asked if his faith in God had ever been tested, he replied: Never. Not once. I don’t know how people cope without a faith. I’ve leant on my faith for two years. I wouldn’t have it any other way. My faith stayed strong and now it’s stronger.

About his fans, he added: I don’t think they’ll ever understand how much their love for me means.

I know that a love between an artist and his fans is different to that between a husband and a wife or a brother and a sister, but I’ve appreciated all the fantastic messages I’ve received and I do believe that God has a part to play that people still like me.

It’s a miracle to me. Bless you all, thank you.

The entertainer has previously said his reputation will never be fully recovered following the allegations.

He is among a group who are pressing for people accused of sexual offences to have the right to anonymity until they are charged with an offence. 


(c) Sky News 2016: Sir Cliff Richard: I’m back and it’s a wonderful feeling