Thursday 22 March 2018

Katie Byrne: it takes two…

Do we ever really see the inside of other people's relationships?

Features writer Katie Byrne
Features writer Katie Byrne
Katie Byrne

Katie Byrne

I've been reading about the Adam Johnson trial with a curiosity that borders on prurience. Should your newsfeed sensibilities be more sophisticated than my own, Johnson is the ex-Sunderland player who (at the time of writing) allegedly had sexual encounters with a 15-year-old schoolgirl.

It was the promise of WhatsApp messages that piqued my interest. It's hard not to click on a news story that mentions WhatsApp messages - 834 of them! Hold on there now 'til I put the kettle on...

Unfortunately I could only find 31 of the messages that were purportedly sent between the footballer and the alleged victim, and the one that intrigued me most came not from the teen but from his girlfriend and mother of his child, Stacey Flounders. "Hey, I'm going to try and not be negative with you and believe you more," it reads. "But if you are doing stupid stuff then you need to stop and think about us. It would be a shame to spoilt (sic) it now. I really want us to work because we are a family and we now have Ayla."

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