The wife of John Terry, the England football captain, has demanded a divorce and fled to Dubai with the couple’s two children, it has been reported.
Toni Poole, 28, has been left “humiliated” after details surfaced of her husband’s affair with Vanessa Perroncel, the former girlfriend of his England team-mate Wayne Bridge.
She flew out to the Gulf state on Saturday night after telling Terry, 29, that their three-year marriage was over, The Sun reported.
It comes amid claims that Terry had paid for Miss Perroncel, a lingerie model, to have an abortion after she allegedly became pregnant.
Friends claimed that the news was the final straw for Miss Poole.
The Chelsea player is expected to be summoned before Fabio Capello, the England manager, this week to explain his private life ahead of this summer’s World Cup.
Terry had tried to block the reporting of the affair but the injunction was revoked on Friday.
One source close to the couple told The Sun: "Toni has simply had enough. She's had just about as much humiliation as she can bear.
"She has told John in no uncertain terms she wants a divorce.”
The newspaper also reported that Miss Poole is considering hiring Fiona Shackleton, the divorce lawyer who has previously represented Sir Paul McCartney and Madonna in their divorce battles.
Miss Poole has gone to Dubai – where she and her husband spent their honeymoon in 2007 – with their three-year-old twins Georgie John and Summer Rose, and her mother Sue Poole.
Terry allegedly paid for Miss Perroncel to have a termination at a private clinic last autumn, after her separation from Bridge.
She and Terry began an affair in September, it has been claimed, and used to meet at her house only a few miles from his family home in Oxshott, Surrey.
His agent Paul Nicholls was unavailable for comment yesterday.
Terry, who was voted Dad of the Year in a poll in 2009, has a history of questionable behaviour.
Four years ago he apologised his now wife for being unfaithful and was quoted saying: “I’ve misbehaved and slept with girls behind her back.
“I’m not going to cheat on her ever again and I want to marry her more than anything.”
In 2001, he was fined two weeks’ wages after being accused of drunkenly mocking American tourists at Heathrow in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
In January 2002, he was arrested after a fracas in a London nightclub and later cleared of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Miss Perroncel, a 33-year-old French born lingerie model, had a three year relationship with Bridge which ended last summer and the couple have a son, Jaydon.
She said at the weekend: “Wayne rang me last weekend and started shouting at me and accused me of having an affair.
“It was terrible, he was saying horrible things. Wayne was convinced I had been cheating on him because the court action was taken.
“It was an agonising call and he was furious.”
Miss Perroncel has now employed the publicist Max Clifford, who said his client was upset about the apparent leaking of information.
“She is upset and desperate to know where all this stuff is coming from,” he said.
“There are things in there that she is not happy about and she said were totally untrue.”
He said he was meeting with Miss Perroncel last night to decide what she should do.
Her former partner Bridge, who now plays for Manchester City, released a brief statement through his lawyers.
“The reports deal with matters that are of a deeply personal and private nature,” he said.
“My primary concern is the welfare of my son. Therefore, I intend to make no comment whatsoever.”
Terry, who scored the winning goal in a match against Burnley on Saturday, was backed by Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti who said: “There is no discussion about this. He is captain and he will be captain.”
However, support from sponsors such as Umbro and Samsung has been less forthcoming.
Terry is believed to earn up to £10m a year from his sponsorship deals and his £170,000 a week contract with Chelsea.
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