Tuesday 17 October 2017

Stunning South African model Shashi Naidoo denies Rory McIlroy romance rumours

Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

Television host Shashi Naidoo set the rumour mill into overdrive when she was photographed getting cosy with Rory McIlroy’s family in Gleneagles.

Golf pro McIlroy has stated that he is currently in a period of his life where he wants to focus on his sport.

However, it must be hard for him to keep his eye on the ball - as yet another beautiful woman has been linked to the Northern Irish pro.

Shashi Naidoo (33) was seen in a photo of McIlroy’s nearest and dearest that he uploaded to his personal Instagram account.

He captioned the photo, “Thanks @BeckandScore for taking great care of my family and team during the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles! Couldn't have asked for a better experience.”

On her own Instragram feed, Shashi shared a photo of herself and Rory’s mother Rosie in a golf buggy (since deleted), and a short video that shows the golfer in action.

She also told a follower that McIlroy is her “favourite golfer”.

The photos on both accounts were picked up by media outlets and Shashi became the latest woman to be linked to 25-year-old McIlroy.

Shashi, who divorced her husband in 2011, took to Twitter to slam gossip sites and newspapers, stating explicitly that she was not romantically involved with the golfer.

According to reports, the model, presenter and actress recently experienced a violent break in at her Johannesburg home and was threatened by a man who intended to rape her.

“When I woke up in the middle of the night at about 1am there was a guy on top of me and he had me in a chokehold pulling down my underwear. He was trying to rape me,” Shashi told Heat magazine.

Her father, Harry, told the media that his daughter was severely traumatised by the incident and had gone overseas to “clear her mind”:

“We are all shocked and very upset about what happened to our Shashi. She is doing much better now. She is currently in Scotland and will return home on tomorrow,” he said.

Since his highly public split from fiancé Caroline Wozniacki in May, Rory has been linked to Irish models Nadia Forde and Sasha Gale, and US actress Meghan Markle.

The stunning brunette also owns the Alushi modelling agency in her native country, and represented the late Reeva Steenkamp before she was murdered in 2013.

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