Before his world fell apart, O.J. Simpson was a football hero, movie star — and father. But the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, and the ensuing trial of the century, tore apart his life and his family in ways no one ever saw coming. Now, his best friend is speaking out to RadarOnline.com about how the whole scandal made life a living hell for his children with Brown Simpson, Sydney and Justin — and how they managed to defeat the odds and build happy lives of their own.
“Sydney was 8 and Justin was 4 when the murder happened,” Simpson’s longtime friend Tom Scotto told Radar in an exclusive video interview. And though they were perhaps too young to understand the full impact of what was going on around them, the murders cast a long shadow on their young lives.
“Sydney was a very tough, angry, angry girl when she was younger,” Scott explained. “She was just angry at the world, to be honest with you. Think about what they went through.”
“Not only losing their mother …” he said, “but all the kids that were mean to them ..”
According to Scotto, Sydney and Justin both suffered emotional torment because of brutal bullying that occurred during grammar school.
“Everybody in the world thinks your dad’s a murderer …” he said. “You go to school, kids say, ‘Your father murdered your mother!’ Kids are very mean. Everybody knows that. They went through a really tough time.”
In particular, Scotto claimed, "Sydney had a very very rough time growing up. Justin adjusted very good,” however.
And somehow, they’ve managed to escape from their father’s shadow and build successful adult lives. “They’re both great kids,” Scotto revealed. "Sydney’s fantastic. She just bought an apartment in Clearwater or St. Petersburg.”
Both of Simpson’s children "go visit him,” Scotto claimed. "They see him, sure. It’s better now than it was in the past."
“That’s gotta be a traumatic thing to go through, being a young kid,” he said.
For more on how the murder of the century rocked Sydney and Justin’s young lives, and how they managed to survive it, watch Scotto’s video interview and stay tuned to Radar: