'He's disgusting... he's begging me to take him back' - Richard Keys' cancer-stricken wife slams love rat husband
Published 02/10/2016 | 10:37
The wife of disgraced former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys said he has "begged her" to take him back after she filed for divorce following the revelation that he's been having an affair with their daughter's friend.
The couple have been married for 34 years but Julia (56) has accused Keys of tearing their family apart yesterday after she discovered he'd been having an affair with a young woman.
Mrs Keys, who is battling thyroid cancer, was devastated by the news of the cheating 59-year-old's affair with their daughter's friend, Lucy Rose (27), and filed for divorce.
Keys, who lost a £500,000-a-year- Sky Sports job in 2011 in a row over sexism - has faced a furious backlash from disgusted fans when the news broke on Saturday.
But in a bizarre message which he posted on Twitter, Keys described the reaction to the news of his fling with his daughter's lawyer friend as a "mixed bag" and thanked people for their support.
Meanwhile Mrs Keys said she was "disgusted" at what her husband and his lover had put her daughter Jemma and son Joshua through.
I expected a mixed bag of reaction - thanks for the support. There are many inaccuracies in the reports today - but I expected that also.— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) 1 October 2016
"He has been begging me to get back together with him, to give him another chance and make our marriage work and that he had no intention of staying with her," she said.
"He has been bombarding me with desperate appeals to get back together, including turning up on the doorstep here, which was quite distressing.
"But enough is enough, I have to look after myself now. It has had a negative impact on my health but that has to take priority now and I've got to move on."
She added that she holds blame over Ms Rose because she "thought she was our friend".
Keys, who previously admitted to behaving in a "prehistoric way" towards women, has moved to the Middle East since he was axed from Sky Sports.
Mrs Keys, a psychotherapist, moved to Qatar to be with her husband but has since returned to the couple's home in Berkshire. She is understood to have confronted her husband before deciding to file for divorce on the grounds of adultery.
Mr Keys and Ms Rose are thought to have been introduced by a mutual friend on the expat social circuit in Doha, the Qatari capital.
Pictures on social media of the lawyer suggest she was a regular fixture of the party scene there.
Sources told the Daily Mail it was "particularly cruel" for Mr Keys to behave like this while his wife was having treatment. One said: "This is the most appalling behaviour. He knew that Julia was very ill but carried on anyway. It has knocked Julia for six and it has had an adverse effect on her health. She is absolutely devastated."
Lawyers acting for Mrs Keys submitted divorce papers to a British court in August and have sent papers to Keys and Ms Rose.The presenter is understood to be returning to Britain next week for a meeting with his wife.
Mr Keys presented Sky Sports' coverage of Premier League football for 19 years, before resigning in disgrace from his £500,000-a-year job in 2011. He and co-presenter Andy Gray had made disparaging off-air remarks about female match official Sian Massey, claiming she was ignorant of the offside law.
In another studio conversation, which was filmed but not transmitted, Mr Keys asked pundit Jamie Redknapp about a former girlfriend. The presenter asked him: "Did you smash it?" - slang for: "Did you have sex with her?"
A source said: "When Richard made those sexist remarks at Sky Sports, there was a lot of bad feeling towards him. Despite the outcry, Julia stood by him and made a highly public show of her support for him. She was his rock back then and now, when she needs him the most to help her fight her illness, he does this."
Following his departure from Sky, Mr Keys presented a Saturday football show on TalkSport radio, before moving to Qatar. He is now the presenter of the BeIN sports channels.Jemma, who starred in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks from 2004 to 2007, is believed to have become friends with Ms Rose in Qatar before the alleged affair developed
.Ms Rose worked in the legal department of the Qatar Investment Authority for almost two years before returning to Britain. She now works as private equity lawyer at the London branch of an international law firm.