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Ryan Giggs 'splits from wife Stacey after she caught him flirting with waitress' as brother tweets 'smoke and fire comes to mind'

Sasha Brady

Published 01/05/2016 | 10:48

Ryan Giggs with his wife Stacey
Ryan Giggs with his wife Stacey

Ryan Giggs' brother has responded to claims that the former Manchester United player has split from his wife Stacey after she allegedly caught him flirting with a waitress.

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The Manchester United assistant manager is said to be getting a divorce.

The couple are believed to have parted three months ago but continue to live in the same house.

The former Manchester United winger (42) is accused of flirting with some of the waitresses at a Manchester restaurant he owns.

Ryan Giggs with wife Stacey. Photo: Getty Images
Ryan Giggs with wife Stacey. Photo: Getty Images

Giggs' brother Rhodri, whose ex-wife Natasha had an eight-year affair with the footballer, hinted the rumours were true in a tweet.

Rhodri's own marriage ended in 2011 after it was revealed that his brother had been sleeping with his wife Natasha.

Wales and Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs (L) and his wife Stacey Cooke in the Royal Box before play on day six of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 30, 2012. Photo: GLYN KIRK/AFP/GettyImages)
Wales and Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs (L) and his wife Stacey Cooke in the Royal Box before play on day six of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 30, 2012. Photo: GLYN KIRK/AFP/GettyImages)

He tweeted about Ryan's rumoured affair on Sunday.

A post from Man Utd Insights account branded the story as "rubbish" and Rhodri is said to have replied: "Smoke and fire comes to mind pal."

Stacey Cooke, wife of Ryan Giggs looks on after the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Blackpool at Old Trafford on May 22, 2011 in Manchester, England. Manchester United celebrate a record 19th league championship. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Stacey Cooke, wife of Ryan Giggs looks on after the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Blackpool at Old Trafford on May 22, 2011 in Manchester, England. Manchester United celebrate a record 19th league championship. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

A source told the Irish Sun it was the last straw for Stacey (37), after she tried to maintain their marriage when her husband was linked to reality TV star and former Miss Wales, Imogen Thomas, and later with his brother's wife Natasha.

The 42-year-old has reportedly told friends: "It's over for good".

Imogen Thomas arriving at the UK Lingerie Awards at Freemasons Hall, London.PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday December 4, 2013. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Imogen Thomas arriving at the UK Lingerie Awards at Freemasons Hall, London.PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday December 4, 2013. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Manchester United assistant manager apparently missed the Stoke match in February due to the split.

Stacey is believed to have told a friend: "There's no way back. Ryan and I are finished."

The couple tried to save their eight-year marriage after the revelation of Ryan's affairs for the sake of their two children.

“In the early days, once the flak over Natasha and Imogen Thomas passed over, Ryan and Stacey began building bridges and it looked really good for them," a source revealed to The Sun.

Former 'Big Brother' contestant Imogen Thomas
Former 'Big Brother' contestant Imogen Thomas

“But, as bizarre as it sounds, once they were out of the limelight and things had quietened down, their relationship started to struggle.

“Stacey obviously has trust issues after what happened with the affairs and that caused problems. And Ryan has now said to people he thinks the marriage is all over and that there is no saving it."

Natasha Giggs. Photo: PA
Natasha Giggs. Photo: PA

It is believed Ryan is worth over £23 (€29) million which his wife would be legally entitled to half of.

He allegedly started a six-month affair with Imogen in 2010.

In 2011, Natasha told her husband Rhodri – Ryan’s younger brother – that she and Ryan had been sleeping together for eight years.

The football star publicly apologised to his brother in April 2015.

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