Monday 25 September 2017

'Friendship' with hotel PR girl was the 'last straw for Ryan Gigg’s wife' - reports

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)
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Footballer Ryan Giggs reportedly sent flowers and designer handbags to a PR representative behind his hotel venture, which was the final catalyst for his split from wife Stacey, according to reports.

The former Manchester United star (42) is reported to have struck up a friendship with Kate Greville (32) according to The Sun, who report that the star lavished the PR specialist with gifts when she was promoting his Hotel Football venture last year.

A source close to Kate told the paper: "Ryan was excited about launching Hotel Football and wanted someone to handle the PR.

"The hotel was a big deal to him so he spent a lot of time working with Kate to get things right.

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

"He was very impressed with her and their friendship was very flirty. She started receiving gifts at the office, including designer handbags.”

Ryan and Stacey are believed to have split in February, five years after it was revealed that the footballer had been sleeping with his brother Rhodri’s wife Natasha for over eight-years.

Previously, the footballer was linked to reality and TV star Imogen Thomas with whom he reportedly had a relationship with.

The footballer’s relationship with Kate was the last straw for Stacey, who is expected to file for divorce from Ryan, who is worth over €29m.

According to The Sun, the 42-year-old has reportedly told friends: "It's over for good. There's no way back. Ryan and I are finished."

The pair have two children together.

“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.

“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."

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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